Background to CLASA

The Conference of the Language Associations of Southern Africa (CLASA) is a joint conference comprising 5 associations including ALASA (African Languages Association of Southern Africa), AFRILEX (African Association for Lexicography, SAALA (Southern African Applied Linguistics Association) ,  SAALT (South African Association for Language Teaching), and LSSA (Linguistics Society of Southern Africa).

In 2013 Rhodes University’s African Language Studies Section in the School of Languages and Literatures was awarded the prestigious NRF South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) on Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education. The primary objective of the Research Chair is to undertake scientific and innovative research on African languages, focussing on the role the languages can play in fostering meaningful participation of all in education, as well as promoting a multilingual society.

The Language Associations involved and Website links are: