News and Events


DH-IGNITE Western Cape, 8–10 March 2023

The SADiLaR-funded Child Language Development Node will have a stall at the DH-IGNITE event at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West. DH-IGNITE is a 2-day hybrid event with a 3rd day of in-person workshops targeted at those interested in digital and computational methods and practices in humanities and social sciences.

Child Language Development Node Scientific Workshop, 16–20 January 2023

The Child Language Development Node hosted a week-long scientific workshop at Stellenbosch University, bringing together team members and collaborators from across eight provinces in South Africa.


In recognition of Universal Children’s Day – 20 November 2022

Motsweding FM, State Your Mind, 26 November 2022

Sefela Yalala o berekela setlhopa sa Child Language Development e ko mmadikolong wa Stellenbosch. Sefela o re bolelela ka ditlhatlhobo tsa puo ya bana, tse di dirwang mo dipuong tsotlhe tse 11 tsa Aforika Borwa. O re gakolola ka botlhokwa jwa go lebelela kgolo ya puo ya ngwana go tswa bonnyennyaneng, bogolo jang mo puong ya gae.

Sefela Yalala works in the Child Language Development Node at Stellenbosch University. Sefela tells us about a child language project being done in all 11 official South African languages. She reminds us of the importance of monitoring children’s language from early on, especially in the child’s home language.

RSG, Taaldinge, 20 November 2022

Prof. Frenette Southwood en Helena Kruger van die Universiteit Stellenbosch en Nina Brink van die Noordwes-Universiteit vertel van ‘n kindertaalprojek wat gedoen word in al elf landstale. Die oogmerk is om kindertaalontwikkeling te monitor en leemtes betyds op te spoor.

Prof. Frenette Southwood and Helena Kruger from Stellenbosch University and Nina Brink from North-West University tell us about a child language project being done on all eleven official languages. The goal is to be able to monitor child language development and spot any developmental gaps in time.


Children’s acquisition of Setswana (Setlhaping and Sekwena) phonology. Olebeng Mahura, Michelle Pascoe and Heather Brookes. Early Childhood Voices conference 2022, 5–9 December 2022, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia.

The invisible disability: Language problems in school age children. Anne Baker. Seminar hosted by the Child Language Development Node, 6 April 2022, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.