Internasionale Adviesraad | International Advisory Board
Theresa Biberauer is a South African linguist based at the University of Cambridge in the UK.Read More...
She is a Fellow of Churchill College, Director of Studies in Linguistics at 7 of the University’s colleges (Churchill, Corpus Christi, Lucy Cavendish, Magdalene, Robinson, St Edmund’s and St John’s), and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section. She also holds extraordinary professorships at Stellenbosch University, her alma mater, and at the University of the Western Cape, where she has been collaborating on the NRF-funded ‘Syntactic Ecology of Kaaps’ project since 2019. Her main research interests are in the comparative morphosyntax (synchronic and diachronic) of languages, particularly those with complex sociolinguistic histories and current realities. She wrote her PhD dissertation (2004, University of Cambridge) on word-order variation in Afrikaans, and Afrikaans, in all its forms, has remained central to her research throughout her career. Much of her current solo and collaborative research focuses on the distinctive properties that specifically characterise spoken-language systems, and the unique insights these facilitate into the way the human mind constructs language.
Thapelo J. Otlogetswe
Prof. Thapelo J. Otlogetswe is a Professor of linguistics and lexicography at the University of Botswana where he is also the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.Read More...
He was trained in corpus lexicography at the University of Oxford, University of Brighton and the University of Pretoria. His research is in the interface between computing, language, and culture. Between 2019 and 2020 he was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of California, Davis where he explored computational programming of African languages. In the last ten years, Professor Otlogetswe has written over ten books including numerous dictionaries. Most of his publications have been on the development of his own language, Setswana, which is spoken in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe the Northern Cape and North West provinces of South Africa. He has also developed several spellcheckers, language databases and worked with international companies such as Google and Firefox. Professor Otlogetswe is also a member of the African Union Academy of Languages where he periodically trains language practitioners in lexicography and language documentation around the continent in countries such as Angola, Niger, Eswatini and Mali. He supervised the compilation of the first Siswati monolingual dictionary Umphandza: Sichazamagama SesiSwati which was funded by the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). Professor Otlogetswe is the recipient of the Botswana 2013 Presidential Order of Honour (PH), being an honour awarded to a deserving individual for efficient and devoted service to the Republic of Botswana.
H Samy Alim
Samy Alim is the David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (since 2010).Read More...
His is also affiliated faculty with the School of Education & Information Studies and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Alim is author or editor of eleven books. In the area of language and race, he is author of You Know My Steez: An Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Study of Styleshifting in a Black American Speech Community (Duke, 2004), which integrated longitudinal ethnographic analysis with rigorous discourse analysis and quantitative variation. He is also author of Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (Oxford, 2012, with Geneva Smitherman), which addressed language and racial politics through an examination of former President Barack Obama’s language use and reveals how he is racialized through language in the eyes and ears of the American people. In addition to editing Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race (Oxford, 2016, with John R. Rickford and Arnetha Ball), which grew out of a 2012 symposium that he organized at Stanford University, he is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Language and Race (Oxford, 2020, with Angela Reyes and Paul Kroskrity). He is also editor of the book series, the Oxford Studies in Language and Race.
Finally, Alim has written extensively about Black Language and Hip Hop Culture globally—from the U.S. to South Africa, Spain and elsewhere—in his books, Street Conscious Rap (1999), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007, with John Baugh), Global Linguistic Flows (2009, with Award Ibrahim and Alastair Pennycook) and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies (2017, with Django Paris).
Since 2014, he has been engaged in long-term ethnographic study of Hip Hop culture in Cape Town, South Africa, and is co-editor of Neva Again: Hip Hop Art, Activism, and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2019, with Adam Haupt, Quentin Williams, and Emile Jansen). He is editor, with Jeff Chang, of the University of California Press Hip Hop Studies book series.
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver is a research professor of African linguistics in the department of languages and cultures at Ghent University (Belgium) and an extraordinary professor in the department of African languages at the University of Pretoria (South Africa).Read More...
He holds an MSc in microelectronic engineering from University College Ghent, as well as an MA and PhD in African languages and cultures from Ghent University. He is the author or co-author of about 350 books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, mainly on Bantu corpus linguistics and lexicography. His publications also include award-winning dictionaries for Northern Sotho, Zulu and Xhosa, published with Oxford University Press, as well as various online dictionaries, amongst others the most popular one for Swahili. Prof. de Schryver is the current President of EURALEX (since 2018), the European Association for Lexicography, and a two-term past President of AFRILEX (2009-2013), its African sister association. He has also served on the executive boards of ASIALEX (2007-2013) and AUSTRALEX (2008-2013), and is currently facilitating the creation of AMERICALEX, the Association of Lexicography for the Americas (South, Center, Caribbean and Mexico).