The research network for Southern African linguistics: the Southern African Linguistics Network (SALN) was started in 2021 by Hlumela Mkabile (UFS), Kristina Riedel (UFS) and Hannah Gibson (Essex/UFS). The network aims to bring together researchers and students who are interested in the linguistics of the languages of Southern Africa on a virtual platform that we hope will grow broader over time (taking inspiration from the Rift Valley Network and similar initiatives). Since mid-2021, we have been hosting an online seminar talk each month, approximately, during the South African teaching semesters.

We welcome content on all languages and varieties used in the region (signed and spoken, from any family or isolate). Our approach to linguistics is based on the Southern African Microlinguistics Workshop (SAMWOP) one, and includes theoretical and descriptive linguistics, as well as more data-oriented sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. The webinar is meant to open up spaces for interactions like those we normally have at SAMWOP, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Society (SALALS) and other events to happen throughout the year.

Talks are free and open to all! Please sign up and invite any potentially interested students and colleagues to join. You can subscribe and unsubscribe automatically using our mailing list.

Hlumela Mkabile (UFS)
Thera Crane (Helsinki)
Admire Phiri (UFS)
Kristina Riedel (UFS)

Please contact Hlumela Mkabile with any questions, suggestions or if you are interested in presenting your research or want to be involved in other ways.

Visit the SALN website for more information

Upcoming talks:

Watch this space for updates on our schedule for the semester! Our second SALN webinar of 2023 will be towards the end of March

Past seminars:

Dr Hilde Gunnink (Ghent University) on 24 Feburary 2023
Camilla Christie (Rhodes), Mthuli Buthelezi (UKZN) and Chevãn van Rooi (UWC/Utrecht) on 28 October 2022 at 10am SAST
Prof Mantoa Motinyane (UWC) on 9 September 2022 at 10am SAST
Dr Julius Taji (University of Dar es Salaam) on 26 August 2022 at 10am SAST
Dr Crisófia Langa da Câmara (Eduardo Mondlane University) on 22 July 2022 at 10am SAST
Prof Lee Bickmore (Albany) on 20 May 2022 at 10am SAST
Prof Asia Pietraszko (Rochester, USA) on 22 April 2022 at 4pm SAST
Dr Nonhlanhla Ntuli (UKZN) on 25 February 2022 at 10am SAST
Dr Atikonda Mtenje-Mkochi (MUST) on 20 August 2021 at 10am SAST
Prof Langa Khumalo (SADiLaR) on 17 September 2021 at 10am SAST
Dr Thera Crane (University of Helsinki) 26 November 2021 at 10am SAST

(Please note that titles and dates may change)


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