Dr Sheena Shah

Key information

Research Associate
BA MA (Cantab), MSc PhD (Georgetown)
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I hold a BA and MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a MSc and PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University (USA). After completing my PhD and before joining SOAS, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for African Language Diversity (CALDi) at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Please see my website for more details.

Research interests

My main research interests include endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, and language and education.

I have worked with a range of minority language communities, both with communities residing in their original language area, as well as with expatriate communities. I have conducted linguistic fieldwork on several severely endangered and/or minority African languages, including Nǀuu (South Africa), SiPhûthî (Lesotho), !Xun (Namibia), ǂHoan (Botswana) and Ngiemboon (Cameroon). I have also worked on Gujarati in the diaspora (UK, South Africa, Singapore, Kenya) and on German in Namibia and South Africa.

Please see my website for more information about my current research projects.


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