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Sheena Shah

Sheena Shah was a postdoctoral fellow at CALDi who worked on N|uu, a highly endangered Tuu language spoken in Upington and Olifantshoek. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the factors affecting proficiency among Gujarati heritage language learners in the U.K., Singapore and South Africa. She has conducted linguistic fieldwork on !Xuun (Kx’a, Namibia), ǂHoan (Kx’a, Botswana) and Ngiemboon (Bantoid, Cameroon). Since 2016, she is a Lecturer of Languages of Africa and Asia at SOAS, University of London. She continues to collaborate with CALDi, and works on siPhuthi spoken predominantly in Lesotho together with Matthias.

Main research interests: endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, and language and education.

Ph.D. (2013) Georgetown University (U.S.A.), Linguistics
M.S. (2010) Georgetown University (U.S.A.), Linguistics
M.A. (2010) Cambridge University (U.K.), Modern and Medieval Languages
B.A. (2007) Cambridge University (U.K.), Modern and Medieval Languages