Support Team

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

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.