Microvariation & Youth language practices in Africa

Microvariation and youth language practices in Africa is a research project funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project examines the morphosyntax of youth language practices in East, Central and Southern Africa.

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about The Project

Youth languages are widely thought of as sites of innovation and change. This project contributes to our understanding of youth languages by focusing on African youth language practices. We investigate young people’s linguistic creativity with special focus on morphosyntactic variation. This means we look at the ways in which speakers put together words and grammatical markers in innovative ways. In this project we focus on youth languages in the Bantu speaking area of Africa, in particular South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Dr Congo and Kenya.

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latest Activities

Simbabwe Kooperation Visit

Zimbabwe Cooperation, Visit November 2021

In late November 2021, Nico Nassenstein and Humboldt fellow Prof. Sambulo Ndlovu organized a visit to GZU Masvingo in Zimbabwe in order to prepare the …

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Interview Andrea Hollington Hatua kwa Hatuna

Hatua kwa Hatua – Interview with Andrea Hollington

Andrea Hollington was interviewed about her research on lugha ya mtaani by Muslim Nassor for Hatua kwa …

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Workshop: What is Innovation? 1-2 October 2022

Workshop 1-2 October 2022 What is innovation? On the first weekend of October, our project team and our advisory board members met at the University …

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Our Partners

Crucial to the project is the involvement of and close collaboration with our partners