Professor EmeritusRon Simango
BA (Malawi), Dip TESOL (Manchester), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (S Carolina)
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Research interests:

  • The syntax of complex predicates with a focus on Bantu languages
  • Spatial and temporal deixis in African languages
  • Code-switching and related language contact phenomena
  • Language in education



  • 1996: Passive and stative in Chichewa: evidence for modular distinctions in grammar. Language, 72:749-781. (With Stanley Dubinsky).
  • 1999: Lexical and syntactic causatives in Bantu. Linguistic Analysis, 29: 69-86.
  • 2000: 'My madam is fine': The adaptation of English loans in Chichewa. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 21 (6): 487-507.
  • 2002: The possibility of harmonizing Bantu orthographies. In Speaking in Unison, edited. by. Kwesi K. Prah, Cape Town: Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society.
  • 2003: Bantu complex predicates, grammatical functions and the thematic hierarchy. In Trends in African Linguistics 5, edited by C. Githiora, H. Littlefield & V. Manfredi, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
  • 2003: Kodi demokalase ingamele mizu muAfilika. CASAS Occasional Paper 18. Cape Town: Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society.
  • 2006: East Africa / Ostafrika. In Sociolinguistics / Soziolinguistik, Edited by U. Ammon, N. Dittmar, K. Mattheier, & P. Trudgill, pp.1964-1971. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • 2006: Verb agreement and the syntax of ciNsenga relative clauses. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 24(3): 277-290.
  • 2007: Enlarged arguments in Bantu: Evidence from Chichewa. Lingua 117 (6):928--949.
  • 2009: Causative disguised as stative: the affix -ik/-ek in ciCewa. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. 27(2): 121--133.
  • 2009: Weaning Africa from Europe: towards a mother-tongue education policy in Southern Africa. In Brock-Utne, B. and I. Skattum (eds.), Languages and Education in Africa: a comparative and transdisciplinary analysis, pp. 201--212. Bristol, UK: Symposium Books.
  • 2011: When English meets isiXhosa in the clause: explorations into the grammar of codeswitching.  Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 29(2).
  • 2012: Subject marking, coordination and noun classes in ciNsenga. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 30: 171-183.
  • 2012: The semantics of locative clitics and locative applicatives in ciCewa.  In Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics, edBruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle, 141-149.  Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • 2013: An analysis of vowel harmony in ciNsenga and ciCewa: A comparative study. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 31(2): 139-150.
  • 2014: Comparing vowel hiatus resolution in ciNsenga and chiShona: an OT analysis Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus 44: 105-127. (with Maxwell Kadenge) 
  • 2015: Amaphi ama-subjects eniwa-enjoy-ayo esikolweni?: code-switching and language practices among bilingual learners in the Eastern Cape. International Journal of the Sociology of language (234): 77-91.
  • 2015: Learning English or learning in English: Some thoughts on the language question in the Malawian classroom. In Miti,LM (ed.), The Language of Instruction Question in Malawi, pp. 41-60. Cape Town: Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society.

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