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 Prof. Ana Deumert

Position: Scientific Committee


 Ana Deumert is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research programme is located within the broad field of African sociolinguistics and has a strong interdisciplinary focus (with particular attention to anthropology, sociology and economics). She has worked on the history of Afrikaans (The Dynamics of Cape Dutch, 2004) and co-authored Introducing Sociolinguistics (2009, with Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann and William Leap) and the Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (2004, with Joan Swann, Rajend Mesthrie and Theresa Lillis). Her latest book looks at mobile communication from a global perspective (Sociolinguistics and Mobile Communication, 2014). Ana Deumert is editor of IMPACT – Studies in Language and Society (Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins) and co-editor of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact (with Salikoko Mufwene), She is also an NRF-rated scientist and a member of several editorial boards.

Recent and forthcoming publications:
Forthc. Globalization Off the Beaten Track – Chinese Migration to South Africa’s Rural Towns. In: Multilingualism in the Chinese Diaspora Worldwide, ed. by Li Wei. London: Routledge.

Forthc. Linguistics and Social Media. In: Handbook of Linguistics, ed. by Keith Allen. London: Routledge.

Forthc. KLK CC – Conformity and Transgression on an On-line Educational Site. In: Language, Literacy and Diversity, ed. by Mastin Prinsloo and Chris Stroud. London: Routledge.

2014. Digital Superdiversity: Theoretical Reflections. Discourse, Context & Media.

2014. Sites of Struggle and Possibility in Cyberspace – Wikipedia and Facebook in Africa. In: The Media and Sociolinguistic Change, ed. by Jannis Androutsopoulos. Berlin: De Gruyter.

2014. The Performance of a Ludic Self of Social Network(ing) Sites. In: The Language of Social Media: Communication and Community on the Internet, ed. by Philip Seargeant and Caroline Tagg. London/New York: Palgrave/MacMillan.

2014. South Africa’s Language Ecology – Hierarchies, Hegemonies and Resistances. In: Language Ecology of the 21st Century: Social Conflicts in their Linguistic Environment, ed. by E.-H. Jahr, P. Trudgill, and W. Vandenbussche. Oslo: Novis.

2013. Language, Culture and Society. In: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics, ed. by K. Allan. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013. Texting Africa: Writing as Performance. With Kirstin Vold Lexander. Journal of Sociolinguistics.

2013.  Xhosa in Town (Revisited) –Space, Place and Language. International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

2013. ‘Every day a new shop pops up’ – South Africa’s ‘New’ Chinese Diaspora and the Multilingual Transformation of Rural Towns. With Nkululeko Mabandla. English Today. 29: 44-52.





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