Prof. Yakobo J.K. Mutiti

Prof. Yakobo J.K. Mutiti

Department of Literature, Languages & Linguistics,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 718 224100

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EDUCATION

 

2000

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (Ph.D.)

Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

1990

Master of Science in Applied Linguistics, (M.Sc.)

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

1985

Bachelor of Education (Arts), (B.Ed.)

University of Nairobi, Kenya

 

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Linguistics, General and Applied: Syntax, Semantics & Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Research in Applied Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

April 2013 - present

Associate Professor, Department of Literature, Languages & Linguistics, Egerton University, Egerton-Njoro, Kenya

April, 2009-April 2013

Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, Languages & Linguistics, Egerton University, Egerton-Njoro, Kenya

September 2003-July 2005

Visiting Asst. Professor, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA.

August 2002-August 2003

Visiting Research Scholar & Associate, Departments of English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, & Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

1993-2002

Lecturer, Department of Languages & Linguistics, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.

1991-1993

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Linguistics & African Languages, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

1985-1989

High School Teacher (Kiswahili, English Language & Literature)

1979-1981

Primary School Teacher

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

2010

Shakespeare’s ‘Intertextualities’ in Africa: Julius K. Nyerere’s Interpretation & Translation of The Merchant Of Venice & Julius Caesar in the Context of ‘Ujamaa’ Socialism in Tanzania, a self-funded project.

2007-2009

Research into the formalization of Kiswahili Linguistic Terminologies through interface with parallel terminologies in English; project funded by the

Division of Research & Extension, Egerton University, Njoro.

2004

Participated in the Development of Distance Learning Materials at Ohio University, Ohio, USA, funded by the Ohio Board of Regents.

2004

Research on ‘Digital Citizenship: Parameters of the Digital Divide’ : Citizens access to official online services in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, USA.

1997

Led a group of researchers in a participatory rural appraisal among the Maasai in the Mara Ecological Zone; investigation of the relationship between the people and the Wildlife [The Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem Project funded by the European Union through the Kenya Wildlife Service]

1991-1992

Participated in the project: Construction of ‘The Gikuyu Language Thesaurus

under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Hagen Neumueller,funded by Facheinheit Ethnologie, Universitat Bayreuth, Germany.

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

1

Barasa, M.N., J. Mutiti, O.B. Rose, & A. Shitandi, 2013, The Relationship between Semantic Functions and the Acquisition of English Prepositions, in IUP Journal of English Studies, Vol. III, No.1.

2

Mukuthuria M & Y.J.K. Mutiti, 2011, The Lexicographical Challenge to Kiswahili as Meta-language: Adoption and Incorporation of Specialised Terminology into Linguistic Scholarship, in EGERTON JOURNAL, Vol. X.

3

Mutiti, Y.J.K. 2011.Towards Unity in the Kenyan Cultural Diversity: The Place of Kiswahili Language & Culture, in RUWAZA AFRIkA, Journal of Contemporary Discourse in Language, Literature, Culture, and the Arts, Vol. 1. No.1.

4

Micheni, B.W. & Y.J.K. Mutiti, 2011. Towards the Improvement of College Sudents’ Communicative Competence in Preparation for Professional Practice: An Analysis of Errors in Written and Oral Performance, in OSSREA-EGERTON Journal, July 2011.

5

Mutiti, Y.J.K. & J. F. Tchai. 2010. Shakespeare’s ‘Intertextualities’ in Africa: Julius K. Nyerere’s Interpretation & Translation of The Merchant Of Venice & Julius Caesar in the Context of ‘Ujamaa’ Socialism in Tanzania. in Lorke et al 2010, Theatre as Heterotopia: Contemporary Comparative Perspectives on Shakespeare, BergstraBe: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

6

Mutiti, Y.J.K. 2011.The Medium of Language in African Literature: Is there alienation in the adoption of Foreign Languages in the ‘so-called’ African Literatures? in USILL Journal.

7

Shelley, M... & J. Mutiti, 2004 Digital Citizenship: Parameters of the Digital Divide. In Social Science Computer Review, No.22.

8

Desai,U., M. Shelley, J. Mutiti & F. Anebo, 2003. Policy Studies Journal: Articles, Authors and Research Themes. In Policy Studies Journal, PSJ online.

9

Mutiti, J.K. 2002 Cross-linguistic Influence in the Acquisition of a Second Language: What Can a Teacher do? Paper presented at the mid-TESOL 2002 Fall Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. In ‘MID-TESOL MATTERS

10.

Mutiti, J.K. 2002 Gikomba Market Literature: Reflections on the Identity and Aspirations of a Common Entrepreneurial Folk. In Fabula: Journal of Folklore Studies. No 43/Heft ½, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

11.

Mutiti, J.K. 1998 Information Packaging Across languages: Issues in the Acquisition of English by Gikuyu first language Speakers. In EGERTON JOURNAL, Vol. 2 No.1, EUP.

12.

Mutiti, Y.J.K. & L. N. J. Wathika, M. Mukuthuria, 2013. Rhetorical Structure of African Bantu Languages: Is it a reflection of African Logical Patterns? Forthcoming in EGERTON JOURNAL.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Research into the Kenyan Media, and the development of a Kenyan indigenous Film Industry; Investigating endangered Languages; Linguistic descriptions of African Languages; Second Language Acquisition by the dyslexics, aphasics, the autistics and the neurologically challenged.