A UNIVERSITY of Namibia Professor was just appointed to serve as President of the African Association for Lexicology.
According to a statement released by the University, Associate Professor
Herman Beyer teaches Afrikaans linguistics in the Department of Language and Literature Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The African Association for Lexicology (AfriLex) was established in 1995 as an international academic association for lexicographers and lexicographic scholars across Africa and beyond. The association held its 24th annual international three-day conference in Windhoek this year, with 31 adjudicated papers and two keynote addresses.
Subject experts and postgraduate students that attended hailed from as far afield as Denmark, Germany, Italy, Russia, the UK and the USA.
In March this year, Prof. Beyer was elected to a second term as President of the Professional Association for Afrikaans Language Teaching in Namibia (PVATN). Afrikaans is still the lingua franca in Namibia, boasting the title as the most widely spoken language.
According to the university, The PVATN facilitates the continuous professional development of Afrikaans teachers in Namibia and provides complementary subject support, mainly by means of an annual national two-day conference, which attracts about 250 Afrikaans teachers from all over Namibia, as well as publishers and experts from South Africa.
“I am honoured and humbled at the same time to have been re-elected as President of these associations, because they are close to my heart. But the job would be hopeless without the dedication, hard work and trust of the respective boards, both of which are formidable teams,” Prof. Beyer said.
His research interest areas are pedagogical lexicography and contrastive linguistics.