My interest is investigating different varieties of native language(s) as spoken by migrants in the communities they have migrated to. Specifically, the effect of the language(s) spoken in their destination communities on their native language(s) as they come into contact with the speakers of these languages and the languages of other ethnic group who have also migrated to these communities.
I am also interested in investigating L2 varieties of major language(s) spoken in urban communities by immigrants who use these languages for various reasons. I am specifically interested in the effect the L1 of these immigrants have on the L2 of these languages they speak in these communities.
Again, I have interest in the investigation of social dialects in the African context. That is, language varieties originating from differences in some social factors; age, gender, social status, ethnicity, and religion. This kind of investigation has been widely explored in Europe and the USA (Labov 1966, 1972, and 2001, Trudgill 1974a). I would like to know how these factors also apply in the African context.
I am also interested in investigating koineisation in the African context. I have previously done some work on the koineised varieties of Akan migrants in Accra. Koineised varieties in the neighbourhood of Dakar, Senegal, and in the cities of North Africa have also been investigated (McLaughlin 2009, Hachimi 2007 and 2009, Miller 2007). I would like to do a comparative study of koineisation in these countries, and also what happens in other African countries, to fully understand the story of koineisation on the African continent.