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Professor Anvita Abbi
Sahitya Akademi & Simon Fraser University

Anvita Abbi has carried out first-hand field research on all six language families of India extending from the Himalayas to the Andaman Islands. She has widely published in the areas of areal typology, language change, language documentation, structures of tribal and minority languages, language policy and education, and analysis of ethno-linguistic aspects of language use. An author of 19 books, Prof. Abbi’s work on tribal and other minority languages of South Asia has been exemplary and has bagged several national and international awards including the Padma Shri in 2013 by the President of India and the Kenneth Hale Award in 2015 by the Linguistic Society of America for “outstanding lifetime contributions to the documentation and description of languages of India”. Currently she is busy documenting oral tradition of tribal communities of India. Presently, she holds twin positions—one in India and another one in Canada.

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Professor Jan Blommaert
Tilburg University

Jan Blommaert (Dendermonde, Belgium, 1961) obtained his PhD in African Studies in 1989 and worked at the universities of Ghent, Antwerp, London (UCL-IoE), Jyväskylä and Tilburg. He is currently professor of Language, Culture and Globalization at the latter university, working on old and new forms of inequality emerging from globalization processes, notably from the nexus of online-offline practices.

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Professor Andries Coetzee
University of Michigan

Andries Coetzee started his academic career in South Africa at the North-West University where he was a lecturer in Semitic Languages until 1999. He joined the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan after earning a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. He also holds the position of extraordinary professor at the North-West University, South Africa. His research focuses on phonetics/phonology and their interfaces with sociolinguistics, and has appeared in journals such as Language, Phonology, NLLT, Journal of Phonetics, and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America, and also the editor-in-chief of Language, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America.

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Professor Rufus Gouws
Stellenbosch University

Rufus Gouws is professor in Afrikaans linguistics. His research primarily focuses on metalexicography with special reference to dictionary structures, dictionary culture and the adaptation of a general theory of lexicography to provide for both printed and online dictionaries. He has published extensively in this field. Gouws is a co-editor of the journal Lexicographica, the book series Lexicographica Series Maior and the comprehensive Dictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography. He complements his work in theoretical lexicography with contributions in the lexicographic practice as co-editor of various dictionaries. He is a founding member and first president of Afrilex.

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Professor Elizabeth Lanza
University of Oslo

Elizabeth Lanza is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Oslo and Director of the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) (opened 2013), funded by the Research Council of Norway's Centre of Excellence scheme. For the period of January 2007 to March 2008, she was appointed Director of the French – Norwegian Centre for Research Collaboration in the Social Sciences and Humanities/Centre franco-norvégien en sciences sociales et humaines in Paris. Lanza is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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Alamin Mazrui

Professor Alamin Mazrui
Rutgers University

Alamin Mazrui is Professor of sociolinguistics and cultural studies at Rutgers University, USA. He holds a PhD in linguistics from Stanford University. He has taught in universities in East Africa, West Africa and the United States. He has also served as a consultant to non-governmental organizations in Africa on language and urbanization and language and the law. Mazrui has authored and edited several books and numerous articles. His latest book is Cultural Politics of Translation: East Africa in a Global Context. (2016). In addition to his scholarly works, Alamin Mazrui is a published poet and playwright.

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Professor Pieter Muysken
Radboud University Nijmegen & Stellenbosch University

Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen and Adjunct Professor at Stellenbosch University. His field of research is language contact and he specializes on the languages of the Andes, Caribbean Creole languages, and code-switching. He currently serves as associate editor for Language, and was one of the founding editors of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. He was recipient of the Spinoza Prize, a KNAW Academy Chair, an ERC Advanced Grant, and co-recipient of a NWO Gravitation Award.

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Professor Devyani Sharma
Queen Mary University of London

Devyani Sharma’s research examines dialect variation and change (with a focus on postcolonial and other contact Englishes), sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language contact, language and dialect typology, and syntax. She has developed new methodologies for the study of language variation, including metrics for social networks, style repertoire, and real-time quantitative interactional analysis. Recent work includes The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes (2017, co-edited with M. Filppula and J. Klemola), English in the Indian Diaspora (Benjamins, 2014, co-edited with M. Hundt), and Research Methods in Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 2013, co-edited with R. Podesva).

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Professor Paul Warren
Victoria University of Wellington

Paul Warren's teaching and research interests include psycholinguistics (Introducing Psycholinguistics, 2012, CUP), experimental phonetics and New Zealand English. His recent book Uptalk: the phenomenon of rising intonation (2016, CUP) explores the use of high rising terminal intonation across varieties of English and in other languages. He has also been involved in extensive research in spoken word recognition, with a particular focus on the interpretation of acoustic-phonetic cues in the context of language variation and change, and has a long-standing interest in the relationship of intonation and sentence comprehension (Prosody and Parsing, 1996, Erlbaum).

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Professor Jochen Zeller
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Professor Jochen Zeller received his PhD from the University of Frankfurt in 1999. Since 2001, he has lived and worked in South Africa, where he is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. His specialisation is in generative syntax, but he has also published on semantics, phonetics and on socio- and applied linguistic topics. For the past 15 years, his main research interests have been the empirical description and theoretical analysis of Bantu languages

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