Research cluster

African Languages

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Understanding the languages of Africa

With about 2000 languages and vibrant, multilingual communities, Africa is an invigorating area for research on linguistic structures and language policy.

Our research on African languages documents, describes, and analyses the linguistic structures of African languages, especially those within the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family. We study the nature of multilingualism is various contexts across the continent, with a particular focus on differing manifestations of language practices and policies in multilingual classrooms. Our research also tackles the decolonisation of linguistics and higher education as well as anti-racist pedagogy.

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Research Cluster Lead Dr Kyle Jerro
Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Departmental Director of Research Professor Florence Myles
Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex