This episode is with Hannah Gibson, who is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Essex. She holds an MA and a PhD in Linguistics from SOAS University of London, and BA in Swahili and Law from the same institution. Her research is primarily concerned with linguistic variation, particularly why and how languages change. Much of her work explores the syntax and semantics of the Bantu languages, with a focus on languages spoken in Eastern Africa. She has conducted data collection in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and the UK.
In this episode, Hannah and I discuss her research, what her daily research routine looks like, and why we should think critically about what we mean when we use the term “fieldwork”.
Things mentioned in the episode:
- Rangi language on Wikipedia
- siSwati language on Wikipedia
- Bantu languages on Wikipedia
- Swahili language on Wikipedia
- Hannah’s website
- Hannah on Twitter @itsthegibson (where you can find the Swahili word of the day #SWOTD)
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