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).
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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.
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Shah, Sheena and Brenzinger, Matthias (2016) Ouma Geelmeid ke kx’u //xa//xa N/uu. Cape Town: Centre for African Language Diversity.
Shah, Sheena and Brenzinger, Matthias (2018) 'The Role of Teaching in Language Revival and Revitalization Movements'. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, (38), pp 201-208.
Miller, Amanda and Scott, Abigail and Sands, Bonny and Shah, Sheena (2009) 'Rarefaction gestures and coarticulation in Mangetti Dune !Xung clicks'. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2009), pp 2279-2282.
Miller, Amanda and Shah, Sheena (2009) 'The acoustics of Mangetti Dune !Xung clicks'. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2009), pp 2283-2286.
Shah, Sheena (2008) 'Negotiating multilingual identities in interaction: The Südwesters of Namibia'. Achieving Multilingualism: Wills and Ways. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Multilingualism (ICOM), pp 389-402.
Shah, Sheena (2007) 'German in a contact situation: The case of Namibian German'. eDUSA, (2) 2, pp 20-45.
Seals, Corinne A. and Shah, Sheena, (eds.), (2017) Heritage Language Policies around the World. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics).
Shah, Sheena and Brenzinger, Matthias, (eds.), (2016) Khoisan Languages and Linguistics. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium, July 13-17, 2014, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe. (Research in Khoisan Studies 34).
Hilton, Naomi and Arscott, Rachel and Barden, Katherine and Krishna, Arti and Shah, Sheena and Zellers, Meg, (eds.), (2007) CamLing2007: Proceedings of the 5th University of Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research. Cambridge: Cambridge Institute of Language Research.
Seals, Corinne A. and Shah, Sheena (2017) 'Introduction: A focus on heritage language policy'. In: Seals, Corinne A. and Shah, Sheena, (eds.), Heritage Language Policies around the World. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 1-9.
Shah, Sheena and Zappen-Thomson, Marianne (2017) 'German in Namibia'. In: Seals, Corinne A. and Shah, Sheena, (eds.), Heritage Language Policies around the World. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 128-147.
Shah, Sheena and Jain, Ritu (2017) 'Gujarati in Singapore'. In: Seals, Corinne A. and Shah, Sheena, (eds.), Heritage Language Policies around the World. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 199-217.
Shah, Sheena and Brenzinger, Matthias (2017) 'Writing for speaking: The N/uu orthography'. In: Jones, Mari C. and Mooney, Damien, (eds.), Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 109-125.
Sands, Bonny and Chebanne, Andy and Shah, Sheena (2017) 'Hunting terminology in ǂHoan'. In: Fehn, Anne-Maria, (ed.), Khoisan Languages and Linguistics. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium, July 11-13, 2011, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe, pp 185-211.
Shah, Sheena (2015) 'The role of language and culture in ethnic identity maintenance: The case of the Gujarati community in South Africa'. In: Zsiga, Elizabeth and Boyer, One Tlale and Kramer, Ruth, (eds.), Languages in Africa: Multilingualism, Language Policy, and Education. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, pp 110-117.
Shah, Sheena (2014) 'Identity and belonging: The case of the Gujarati diaspora community in England, Singapore and South Africa.'. In: Mawani, Sharmina and Mukadam, Anjoom, (eds.), Globalisation, Diaspora and Belonging: Exploring Transnationalism and Gujarati Identity. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, pp 145-165.
Shah, Sheena (2015) 'Review of: "Ju/'hoan children's picture dictionary" by Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi and Kerry Jones, Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014'. Social Dynamics, (41) 3, pp 604-608.
Shah, Sheena (2012) 'Review of: “Discourses and identities in contexts of educational change: Contributions from the United States and Mexico” edited by G. López-Bonilla and K. Englander, New York, Peter Lang, 2011.'. Language and Education, (26) 5, pp 471-473.
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