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Beauty Umana

Beauty Umana

 Ms Beauty Umana is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics, University of Cape Town. She completed her previous studies at University of the Western Cape (UWC) where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) degree majoring in English Literature and Linguistics. She also obtained a Honours (Cum Laude) degree specialising in Linguistics from UWC.  Ms Umana left UWC for the University of Cape Town to pursue a master’s degree and successfully obatined a Master of Arts (Linguistics) degree which she completed in record time. Her MA research work titled, “Nigerian Pidgin English in Cape Town: exploring speakers’ attitudes and use in diaspora” examined the vitality of Nigerian Pidgin among Nigerian immigrants in Cape Town.  


Interests and Current Research Projects

Her research area is Language Vitality and Migration, with a focus on Nigerian immigrants in Cape Town. Her research work draws on everyday lived experiences of Nigerians as immigrants in Cape Town to examine their social positioning as insiders and outsiders in their new society and how this positioning influences language use.

Ms Umana’s broader research interests include language contact, multilingualism, language maintenance and shift, linguistics repertoires, language policy, morphology, and syntax

Consultation Times


Friday 13h00 – 14h00

Contact Details

Office address: Room 22, Beattie Building, Upper Campus

Telephone: n/a

Email address: pending