Prof. Rajend Mesthrie – B. Paed. (Durban-Westville), B.A. Hons (UNISA), B.A. Hons (UCT), M.A. (Texas), PhD (UCT)
National Research Foundation Research Chair (Language, Migration & Social Change)
Honorary life executive member - Linguistics Society of Southern Africa
President - International Congress of Linguists (ICL20), Cape Town 2018 (http://icl20capetown.com/)
For further information: http://rajendmesthrie.com/
Among Prof. Mesthrie’s publications are Language in South Africa (2002, ed.), World Englishes (with Rakesh Bhatt, 2008), Introducing Sociolinguistics (with Joan Swan, Ana Deumert and William Leap, 2nd ed. 2009), A Dictionary of South African Indian English (2010), A Handbook of Sociolinguistics (2103, ed.), and the more “popular” book, Eish, but is it English?: celebrating the South African variety (arising from a series of interviews with journalist Jeanne Hromnik, 2013).
Recent article: Mesthrie, R. 2017. Class, gender, and substrate erasure in sociolinguistic change: A sociophonetic study of schwa in deracializing South African English. Language, 93(2), pp.314-346.
Interests and Current Research Projects
General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Socio-historical Linguistics, Language Contact & Variation, South African Englishes, Indian diaspora.
Office: Room A3, AC Jordan Building
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 5236