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).
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.
10 May 2019
I have been invited to give a talk on siPhûthî at the Goethe University of Frankfurt as part of the Afrikanistisches Kolloquium of the Institut für Afrikanistik. More info here.
30 April 2019
I have been invited to give a talk at the University of Texas at Austin on German language varieties in rural South Africa. More info here.
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