I am an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of African and Ethiopian Studies at the University of Hamburg (Germany), working on a 2-year project entitled “Documentation and analysis of siPhûthî, a Nguni-Sotho hybrid language under threat”. I am also a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK), and a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State (South Africa).
I hold a PhD and MSc in Linguistics from Georgetown University (USA) and a MA and BA in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge (UK). After completing my PhD, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for African Language Diversity (CALDi) at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and a Lecturer in Linguistics and Languages of Asia and Africa at SOAS, University of London (UK).
My main research interests include endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, and language and education.
I have conducted linguistic fieldwork on a number of African languages, including N/uu (South Africa), SiPhûthî (Lesotho), !Xun (Namibia), ǂHoan (Botswana) and Ngiemboon (Cameroon). I have also worked on Gujarati in the diaspora (London, Johannesburg, Singapore) and on German in Namibia and South Africa.
5 May 2020
Global problems can be solved only when we work together. In this Corona crisis and in the future. Here's a short video in German which I made for the Humboldt Foundation to make the case for international research collaboration, scientific exchange, trust and open-mindedness. #ResearchAcrossBorders
28-30 November 2019
I gave a talk on locatives in siPhûthî at the 8th Southern African Microlinguistics Workshop (SAMWOP-8) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
... AND IN OTHER NEWS: The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with Ouma Geelmeid during the National Heritage Day celebration held in Upington on 24 September 2019. Pictured here is President Cyril Ramaphosa, Ouma Geelmeid and our N/uu reader!
Left: Photo courtesy of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).