We are excited to announce our new research network for Southern African linguistics: the Southern African Linguistics Network (SALN). 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). For 2021, we are planning to host one 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 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, 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 http://eepurl.com/hENqf1.

Hlumela Mkabile (UFS)
Kristina Riedel (UFS)
Hannah Gibson (Essex/UFS)

Please contact Kristina Riedel: riedelk@ufs.ac.za with any questions, suggestions or if you are interested in presenting your research or want to be involved in other ways.


Dr Atikonda Mtenje-Mkochi (MUST)

Aspects of phonology of Cinyiha and the linguistic relationship with its neighbouring languages


 Dr Langa Khumalo (SADiLAR)
(Please note that titles and dates may change)


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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