I am a linguist working in the Department for Language, Literature and Culture at TU Dortmund University (Germany). I am also a Research Associate at SOAS University of London (UK) and a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State (South Africa).
My research interests include language documentation, description and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, language contact, and language and education. My work focuses on linguistic diversity and minorities. I work predominantly with multilingual individuals and communities, who speak heritage, minority and/or endangered languages.
I have a long-standing interest in research in southern Africa and have conducted linguistic fieldwork on a number of African languages, including N/uu (South Africa), siPhuthi (Lesotho), !Xun (Namibia) and ǂHoan (Botswana), and on German in Namibia and South Africa. I have also worked on my mother tongue, Gujarati, as spoken by diaspora communities living in England, Singapore and South Africa.
25 May 2023
Alice Mitchell (University of Cologne) and I gave a talk entitled "Die Sprachen Afrikas in 60 Minuten" to the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband. In this talk, we presented the linguistically fascinating and diverse continent and its languages.
13 February 2023
The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) interviewed us on our SADiLaR-supported project. This project, in collaboration with the ebaPhuthi, aims to restore and revitalise the siPhuthi language. Click here to read more about the project.
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... AND IN OTHER NEWS: The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with Katrina Esau during the National Heritage Day celebration held in Upington on 24 September 2019 and received a copy of our N/uu reader.
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Left: Photo courtesy of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).