Support Team

Martin Mössmer
MA (Linguistics)
Study Coordinator: General Linguistics, University of Stellenbosch

Martin conducted his postgraduate research on Xri, a critically endangered Khoekhoe language, spoken in the Northern Cape. His research interests include other Khoekhoe varieties and Indigenous Click Languages spoken in South Africa, and the historic and ongoing migration and language shift of speaker communities, as well as: language maintenance in these communities, varieties of ‘non-standard’ Afrikaans, folklore and stories among Khoekhoe speakers and rememberers, and the phonology, syntax and morphology of contact languages. Martin has been a part of the SA-CDI team since 2018. He intends to start a PhD soon.

Sefela Yalala
MA (Linguistics)
Research Project Manager: General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University

Sefela’s postgraduate studies are focused on researching early language acquisition, especially within the context of Botswana, her home country. Her interests are in infant and toddler language, the role of the social environment in language development, and early intervention. She is currently working on adapting a language assessment tool (the CDI) into Setswana, and also consults on Sesotho and isiXhosa research. Sefela hopes to continue with research in psycholinguistics at doctorate level and start publishing scholarly articles on her work. When she’s not studying babies Sefela likes to read, dance, and workout.

Patricia Makaure
PhD (Linguistics, Languages and Literature)
Postdoctoral Fellow: General Linguistics, University of Stellenbosch

Patricia’s research interests are in early child language and literacy development. Her areas of expertise include phonological processing and literacy development in monolingual and multilingual children. As part of her MA and PhD studies, she produced language and literacy assessment tests in Sepedi (Northern Sotho), one of South Africa’s official languages.Patricia also has a deep passion for Data Science and its application in child language development and acquisition.