Professor Rajend Mesthrie
Rajend Mesthrie is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. He was head of the Linguistics Section (1998–2009), and currently holds an NRF research chair in migration, language, and social change. He was President of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (2002–2009) and President of the International Congress of Linguists (2013–2018). He is a past co-editor of English Today (2008–2012). Amongst his book publications are Language in Indenture: a Sociolinguistic history of Bhojpuri-Hindi in South Africa (Routledge 1992, reprint ed. 2019), Introducing Sociolinguistics (with Swann, Deumert & Leap, Edinburgh University Press 2009), Language in South Africa (ed., CUP 2002) and Youth Language Practices & Urban Language Contact in Africa (ed., with Ellen Hurst-Harosh & Heather Brookes, CUP, 2021). He is an elected honorary life member of the SALALS and the LSA (Linguistic Society of America).