Conference focused on urbanization, youth languages, and technological innovations in Africa

Linguists and researchers from around the world specializing in the study of African languages gathered at Yale in early October to discuss the evolution of languages through urbanization, technological innovations, and youth cultures throughout Africa.

Eddie Mandhry, Yale’s director for Africa in the Office of International Affairs, opened the conference. He noted in his speech Kenyans’ rapturous response to President Obama’s use of Sheng (a combination of Kiswahili and English) during his 2013 visit as a fitting example of the power of language to act as a cultural and generational bridge.