Academic associations: I am member of the following academic associations: • Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (LSSA) • South African Association for Language Teachers (SAALT) which I chaired in 2010-2014 • International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) and I served on the international programme committee in 2013 and 2014 • International Association of Pragmatics (IPrA)
INTERESTS: I study the nature of the multilingual repertoires of South African people with a view to understand how and why multilingual repertoires are maintained, expanded, or why languages are lost from multilingual repertoires. I also study the role of English in multilingual repertoires in education and in society.
Based on the understanding I gain from large scale questionnaire surveys of multilingual repertoires (supplemented by interviews), I offer explanations of language maintenance, loss and/or acquisition; and explanations that relate to the failure or success of language policies in the educational and public domains.
I try to use South African data about multilingual repertoires to answer global questions about language acquisition, maintenance and loss.
PUBLICATIONS & PROJECTS
Coetzee-Van Rooy, A. Susan. 2016. The language repertoire of a Venda home language speaker: Reflections on methodology,.Language Matters, 47:2, 269-296.
Van Rooy, Bertus & Coetzee-Van Rooy, Susan. 2015. The language issue and academic performance at a South African University. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 33(1): 31-46.
Coetzee-Van Rooy, A. Susan. 2014. A multilingual church leader for a multilingual world: A case study. In die Skriflig, 48(2) #1865