Language choices in southern Africa: Ghost of European colonialism or pragmatism?

A Talk By: Dr. Thabo Ditsele, Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa

Professor Ditsele is an associate professor of Sociolinguistics at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. His research focuses on contact languages (mainly Sepitori and tsotsitaal), language and identity, multilingualism, language attitudes, and language policy and planning. In 2008, he published a Setswana novel titled: Maile maila boganana and two Setswana short stories in an anthology titled: Pelo e ganne molora. In 2020, he published a non-fiction book titled: From an obscure village to around the world (Volume 1: Americas). His published work in two languages (Setswana and English) sets him apart from many academics and storytellers as a ‘balanced bilingual’ writer.