Cambridge-Africa

Dr Saudah Namyalo

Dr Saudah Namyalo (Makerere University)

Research title: ‘Technologizing’ Orality: The growth of Luyaaye and Ugandan youth-urban language change.

Research project: The project documents and describes Luyaaye, an urban-youth language variety spoken in Kampala. The data is in the form of texts, audios, videos, conversations, songs, dramas, comedy shows, as well as interviews, questionnaires and recordings of my daily observations of Luyaaye speaking community. Based on this data and that which is collected during the fellowship period, the study provides an in-depth analysis of the phonological, morphological, syntactical, and lexical and sociolinguistics features of Luyaaye. A successful completion of this project will result into the following outputs; i) Two journal articles for publication; ii) A monograph on Luyaaye; iii) A corpus of Luyaaye words with glosses in Luganda and English. This may be used later to compile a minidictionary on Luyaaye.

Collaborator: Dr Jenneke van der Wal, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

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