Sunday, October 7, 2012

New online resources for tsotsitaal

There are a couple of new online places to go for tsotsitaal resources...

There's a new and regularly updated facebook page:

Ikasi Ringas - School of Tsotsi Taal

And an interesting article by Mahala:

A tsotsi stole my taal

I'll post some new research article links soon, including a couple of new articles I've recently finished...

Conference on African urban youth language

I'm organising a conference on African youth languages which will take place in July 2013. Below is the call for papers... for more information you can go to the website here.

Or look for my African Urban & Youth Language Conference page on Facebook!

Call for papers:

There has been a recent increase in interest in youth and urban language phenomena around the world. Youth and urban languages are seen to be at the heart of language change in postmodern societies, and a feature of contemporary diversity, or ‘superdiversity’ in our cities. African urban and youth varieties provide striking examples for the investigation of mixing, coinages, syntactic change, lexical innovation and other dynamic language phenomena. This conference intends to bring together scholars from around the world in one of the locations where these varieties are prevalent – South Africa – in order to provide a forum where the field can be further developed and theorized. We invite scholars working in the field to join us in Cape Town to contribute to this burgeoning and challenging field of research.

Papers can be relevant to (but not limited to) the following themes:
• African youth languages (Sheng, Camfranglais, Nouchi, Tsotsitaal, etc.)
• Urban and non-standard varieties
• Gendered varieties
• Theorisation of youth & urban languages
• Language variation and change
• Language crossing, switching and mixing

Papers are furthermore welcomed on urban and youth languages phenomena from around the world, for comparative purposes.
Keynote speakers confirmed:
Scientific committee: Rajend Mesthrie – University of Cape Town; Maarten Mous - Leiden University; Ellen Hurst – University of Cape Town
Organiser: Ellen Hurst(
Venue: Cape Town is a spectacular and vibrant city at the Southern tip of the African continent, with world-class facilities and outstanding natural assets. Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the new wonders of the world. The Lady Hamilton Hotel and Conference Centre is centrally located with views of Table Mountain.