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 Prof. Christopher Stroud

Position: Director (Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: Fil Kand (University of Lund)
Fil.dr (Stockholm University)
Tel:  +27 21 959 2105
Fax: +27 21 959 1212



I am a Professor of Linguistics at UWC and an affiliated Professor of Bilingual Research at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University, Sweden. Before coming to UWC, I spent 6 years in Singapore at the National University of Singapore, Department of English Language and Literature. I have conducted research in Southern Africa (Mozambique and South Africa) ' in the field of linguistic human rights and linguistic citizenship, colonialism and postcoloniality in constructions of multilingualism, language ideological debates, the development of Portuguese L2 varieties and mother tongue and bilingual education; in Singapore ' in the area of politics of language and literacy education and he sociolinguistics of globalisation and mobilization; in Sweden ' in the fields of language loss, maintenance and revival, the metaphorical use of language in public debates (particularly, the notions of Semilingualism and Rinkeby Swedish), second language acquisition and bilingual language pathologies; and in Papua New Guinea ' with linguistic descriptions of small languages, the sociolinguistics of contact and code-switching, and emerging vernacular literacies. I have worked as a consultant for international organizations such as FINNIDA, SIDA and SAREC with research and capacity development at the National Institute of Education in Mozambique, and in the development and evaluation of language curricula and its implementation.

My current research interests focus on practices and ideologies of multilingualism in social and politically transforming economies in Southern Africa.
For the past five years, he has been working on semiotic landscapes and consumption in the townships and informal settlements of Cape Town, and exploring the potential of multilingual mobile literacies and modes of local engagement in emerging community literacies, for voice and agency in the townships of Manenberg and Khayelitsha. He is working towards a notion of linguistic/multilingual citizenship as an approach to multilingual dynamics and the politics of language.

My publications include:  Stroud, C. & Wee, L. (2008). Political economies of literacy in multilingual South-East Asia. Special Issue of International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (eds. Stroud, C. & Wee, L.), 11/2: 129-133, Stroud, C. & Wee, L. (2007), Language policy and linguistic practices in Singapore. Sociolinguistic Studies, 1/2 : 197-216, Stroud, C. & Wee, L. (2007), Consuming identities. Language planning and policy in Singaporean late modernity. Language Policy, 6: 253-279, Stroud, C. & Wee, L. (2007), Identity, second language literacy and remedial crossing: Exploring liminalities in social positioning in the classroom. TESOL Quarterly, 41/1: 33- 54, and Stroud, C. & Wee, L. (2006), Anxiety and identity in the language classroom. RELC, 37/3: 299-313.





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