Center for Language Studies (CLS)

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) was established in 1996 under the Faculty of Humanities on instruction from the Malawi government. CLS took over some of the responsibilities and facilities of the dissolved Chichewa Board. The CLS’s main responsibility is to promote and develop Malawian vernacular languages. To achieve this, the Centre conducts research and consultancy in Malawi languages including Chichewa, Chiyao, Chisena, Chilomwe, and Chitumbuka. It also recognises the educational, social, economic and political importance of non-African languages such as English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and others and therefore promotes activities related to the study of these languages as well. The Centre’s other activities include translation and editing of materials in various languages, offering short modules in both Malawian and non-Malawian languages, collaboration with individuals/organisations in the writing of text books and readers in Malawian and non-Malawian languages, publishing (dictionaries: monolingual and bilingual), collaborating with foreign research centres, and supporting academic conferences/seminars in various ways.

Director: Kishindo, P.J. - BA Mlw, MA Lond, FCCS Cantab
Deputy Director: Kachiwanda, Stella O. - BA Mlw, MA, PhD Lancs
Language Specialists: Chavula, Jean J. - BA, MA Mlw, PhD Leiden
Bwanali, A.K. - BEd, MA Mlw
Mjaya, A.N.U. - BEd, MA Mlw
Thodi, M.S. - BEd Mlw, MA Aston
Postal Address: P. O. Box 108, Zomba, MALAWI
Telephone: (265) 1 527 460
Fax: (265) 1 525 587