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.
1-5 April 2019
I was invited to the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) to teach linguistic fieldwork and documentation at the week-long SEcoKa Autumn School. SEcoKa (The Syntactic Ecology of Kaaps) is a three-year NRF-funded project which investigates the grammar of Kaaps as a hybrid system. More info here.
16-23 March 2019
I conducted a pilot study on the use of the German language in South Africa and visited several rural German-speaking communities in three South African provinces.
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