Staff Profiles

Prof. Kemmonye Collete Monaka

Prof Kemmonye C Monaka

Faculty of Humanities


Associate Professor

Location: Block 253 Office No. 119 Email:
Phone: +267 (355)5118
Email Prof. Kemmonye Collete Monaka

PhD- Linguistics  (2001): University College London (University of London). London. United Kingdom.

MA - Phonetics    (1995):  University College London (University of London). London. United Kingdom.

BA - Humanities  (1994): University of Botswana. Gaborone. Botswana

Kemmonye Collette Monaka is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. She obtained a PhD and MA from the University of London, and a BA from the University of Botswana. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and has published various works including academic and non-academic articles, a book and book chapters. She has published in a number of journals including Anthropological Linguistics, African Journal of Research and DevelopmentJournal of the Linguistics Association of Southern African Development Community [SADC] Universities, South African Journal of African Languages (SAJAL), Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciencesamong others. She has received research awards, grants, and scholarships, the latest of which is the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes Endangered Language Prize awarded in July 2018 at the 20th International Congress of Linguists in Cape Town. She edited and co-edited Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies, is in the Editorial Board of Marang: Journal of Language and Literature, and is the Managing Editor and also Guest Editor of Mosenodi: International Journal of Educational Studies. She is a reviewer for various journal including Journal of HumanitiesSAJAL, and Journal of the Linguistics Association of SADC Universities (LASU). She is currently collaborating with the Lutheran Bible Translators in translating the Bible into Shekgalagari.

ENG 121: Introduction to English Language Description and Usage

ENG 131: Writing in English

ENG 211: The Pronunciation of English

ENG 221: Introduction to English Linguistics

ENG 311: Modern English Grammar

ENG 351: Phonology of English

ENG 600: Research Methods

ENG 611: Advanced Phonology of English

ENG 711: Advanced Morphology of English

My research interests are on endangered languages in Southern Africa, with particular focus on Botswana. Topics include:

1.Language contact, endangerment, maintenance, revitalization, documentation and orthography development

2.Sociolinguistics of marginalized languages/ethnic communities and issues of ethnography (Bantu and Khoisan)

3.Language use, language policy, language-in- education policy 

4.Language teaching

1.Bantu Linguistics

2.Language and linguistics

3.Language use, language teaching, language policy




Publons/Web of Science:


Google Scholar: 


Monaka, KC (forthcoming). More on the categorization of Shekgalagari voiceless unaspirated plosives.Title of Book (tentative pgs 286-295).Cape Town: CASAS.

Mosenodi Vol 23 Issue No.2 

Under publication consideration:

The need for the preservation of a national language: Setswana (Germany)

The Bantu connective (SAJAL)

A note on multilingualism (PULA)

Laryngeal pulsing (Lonaka)

Under preparation


In pursuit of academic excellence