History of the Department

The Department of Linguistics and Languages is one of the oldest and largest departments in the Faculty of Arts having been established in the 1970s. It is located at  Main Campus, Education Building, third floor. The main office is room 310. Until recently it was known as the Department of Linguistics and African Languages. The name was changed in 2005 following the restructuring of Departments across the University. The Department has fourty three  academic members of staff, three administrative staff and two technical staff. The main focus of research in the Department is the languages of East and Central Africa with a bias on the languages of Kenya shown in the Ethnologue below. Research in Communication is also underscored.


African Languages Conference - 2014

Date and time: 
Wed, 2014-06-18 11:13
Location / Venue: 

Johannesburg, South Africa (26th - 30th May 2014)

The African Languages Conference - 2014 comes at a time when debate on the underepresentation of African Languages is raging accross the continent. Dr. Maloba Wekesa was invited to be among the Key note speakers in the conference organized by the Amabhubesi Group in conjunction with the University of Pretoria.

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2030-06-18 11:13
Contact Person: 

Dr. Maloba Wekesa

Departmental Seminar

Date and time: 
Fri, 2014-04-25 11:59
Location / Venue: 

Education Building Room 213


TOPIC: Clause Chaining  in Toposa (Eastern Nilotic)

A Pragmatic Approach


Presenter: Dr. Helga Schroeder 


Date: Wednesday 30th of April 2014


Time: 2pm

Everybody is welcome, come on time.

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2014-09-25 11:59
Contact Person: 

Dr. Helga Schroeder

16th Triennial Alclals Conference in St. Lucia

Date and time: 
Mon, 2013-08-26 12:44
Location / Venue: 

St. Lucia, The Sandals Grande Resort

The16th Triennial ACLALS Conference, was held at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort in conjunction with The Open Campus, St. Lucia, of the University of the West Indies from August 5-9, 2013 on the theme: “‘The current unbroken/the circuits kept open’: Connecting Cultures and the Commonwealth.” The Department of Linguistics and Languages was represented by Dr. Maloba Wekesa who also presented a paper titled "Understanding Discourse at Word Level".

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2017-08-26 12:44
Contact Person: 

Dr. Maloba Wekesa

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PhD Proposal Defence

Date and time: 
Wed, 2013-07-10 11:54
Location / Venue: 

ED 206

The Department of Linguistics and Languages invites all to attend Zipporah's PhD proposal


Date: Wednesday 10th July, 2013

Time: 2pm

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2013-07-05 11:54
Contact Person: 

Dr. Helga Schroeder/ Dr. Zaja Omboga

Linguistics Dictionary


Deans Committee, University of Nairobi

A project funded by the Deans Committee of the University of Nairobi to produce a Specialized Dictionary of Linguistics and Literature.

By Prof. J.H. Habwe & Dr. Zaja Omboga

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Speeches by Staff

This is a speech given by Prof Habwe as the Chief Guest in Mautuma High School during their End of Year Parents and Teachers Meeting.

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Other Key Events
Fri, 2013-04-12
Prof. Hamu Habwe

Department of Linguistics and Languages Newsletter

Date and time: 
Fri, 2013-04-05 09:04

The new edition of the Newsletter from the Department of Linguistics and Languages  is now available. Click on the link below to view.


Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2013-12-31 09:04
Contact Person: 

Dr. Tom Olali, Prof. Habwe John Hamu

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