Staff: Language Institute

Professor Wiseman Magwa

Acting Director

Research Interests

  • Language planning and policy
  • Language teaching
  • Heritage and Culture

Professor William Lungisani Chigidi

Senior Language Researcher-Shona

Research interests

  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Literature
  • Oral literature
  • African culture.
  • Detective fiction.


Language Researcher-Sotho

Research Interests

  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Indigenous languages and education
  • Language and policy issues

Hlalani Ndhlovu

Language Researcher-Kalanga

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Language Development
  • Indigenous Language Teaching And Learning
  • Comparative Studies For Zimbabwean Indigenous Language Orthographies For Dialectal Languages  
  • Kalanga Folklore

Bhasera Maruzani

Language Researcher – Braille

Research interests:

  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Braille technology
  • Visual impairment and braille
  • Deaf-blind and tactile signing
  • Disability in the community

Adrian Mafa Phiri

Language Researcher - Nambya

Research Interests

  • Language policy and planning
  • Language education
  • Oral literature

Amon Mudenda  

Language Researcher - Tonga

Research Interests

  • Tonga morphology
  • Tonga culture and gender
  • Education and culture

Sebastian Wilbert Rwakonda

Language Researcher - Sign Language

Research interests

  • Sign language and deaf education
  • Issues on inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Assistive technology and deaf education.

Mthokozisi Moyo

Language Researcher - Ndebele

Research interests

  • Language planning and policy
  • Indigenous language literacy and language rights
  • Indigenous language literature
  • Educational linguistics
  • Theoretical linguistics