Hi Celso, Hi members of this list,
Having subscribed to this list, I should present myself. I am
currently a professor of African Linguistics and Sociolinguistics at
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. Consider me a linguistic
anthropologist leaning towards sociolinguistics and pragmatics. I
have done a bit of work on macro-issues such as language planning and
language ideologies in Africa (Tanzania mainly)and Europe. Literacy
is also one of my points of interest, especially grassroots literacy
from Central-Africa. In the field of code-switching, I have written
on code-switching among Tanzanian intellectuals as well as among
expatriate Congolese in Belgium. Recently, I have been involved in
research on narratives from African asylum seekers in Belgium
(together with a PhD student of mine, Katrijn Maryns) and the first
papers are due out soon (with some stuff on mixing and shifting).
There are two websites on which you can find further info: our own
departmental website http://africana.rug.ac.be
and the website of an
international research group coordinated by me, called 'Language,
Power and Identity': http://bank.rug.ac.be/lpi.
I'm looking forward to good discussions on this list.