Benito is the researcher for Afrikaans at SADiLaR and has a keen interest in morphology, meaning of words and then more specifically the way in which these two aspects converge. During his time at SADiLaR he wishes to make use of the opportunity to promote Afrikaans and develop skills in digital humanities to actively stimulate research in Afrikaans. Even though he chose to specialise in linguistics a long time ago, he is also passionate about Afrikaans literature and aims to hone his skills to also promote the incorporation of digital methodologies in literature studies. He also writes informal blogs in Afrikaans as a hobby.
LLB North-West University, Potchefstroom
BA Honours Afrikaans and Dutch North-West University, Potchefstroom
MA General Linguistics focused on Afrikaans and Dutch North-West University, Potchefstroom
Previously Benito has been part of a number of projects that gave him exposure to POS-tagging, semantic annotation, and archiving mainly through the NWU Centre for Text Technology (CTexT). He has been helping out in different projects since 2011 and has an analytical demeanour that makes him thorough and efficient when working, especially with text data. In 2018 he also went to the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam to work for two months under the guidance of Professor Nicoline van der Sijs on a collaborative archiving project between Dutch and Afrikaans. Recently he has also been helping Professor Daan Wissing in a project that makes use of Praat to isolate certain segments of Afrikaans speech.
He was also a temporary lecturer at the Law Faculty of the North-West University during the second semester in 2016. The subject he presented was Communication skills in the legal context III and it involved developing third year students’ communication skills through lectures on listening and the distinction and necessity of legal interpretation and translation.
Trollip, E.B. & Van Huyssteen, G.B. 2018. The linking morpheme in Afrikaans: a Cognitive Grammar description SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 15(3):37-68. Accessible via http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL38/pdf_doc/03.pdf [in English]
Benito has collaborated with a number of esteemed academics including Gerhard van Huyssteen, Ton van der Wouden, Frans Hinskens and Daan Wissing, to name but a few. The collaborations have ranged from interesting conversations to conference presentations and article authorship.