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Prof. Anderson Chebanne

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Faculty of Humanities



Location: Block 239, Office 217
Phone: +267-3552661
Email Prof. Anderson Chebanne

PhD, in Language Sciences (Linguistics), Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France (1991);

MPhil, in Language Sciences and Pedagogy, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France (1988);

MA, in Language Sciences and Pedagogy, Université de Grenoble III, Grenoble, France (198

Prof. ANderson Chebanne was educated in France at the University of Grenoble III (later Université Stendhal) where he obtained his Doctorate in language sciences in 1992. He then lectured in Modern European Languages’ linguistics (French) and African (Setswana) languages at the University of Botswana. He was awarded numerous fellowships to research in France, Japan and South Africa. He has published numeral research in books, book chapters and articles and read many papers at international conferences on African languages linguistics and sociolinguistics. He has also supervised doctoral and masters theses. He is a member of national, regional and international linguistic organisations. He is one of the Khoesan languages experts in the region.

1. General linguistics of French and African languages;

2. Theoretical linguistics of African languages

3. Sociolinguistics of African languages (Khoisan, and minority languages of Botswana);

4. Language teaching;

5. Translation


1. Language documentation (Bantu and Khoisan languages of Botswana);

2. Linguistics of Bantu and Khoisan languages;

3. Sociolinguistics of minority languages of Botswana;

4. Language and social policy;

5. Language teaching.

6. Inter-cultural and translation research

Language and linguistics;

Language teaching;

Language use and language policy;





  1. Chebanne, A. & M. Moswela (2019) DULA – Kalanga Dictionary. Gaborone: Diamond Educational Publishers. ISBN: 978999 12-933-0-1. 788 pages.
  2. Chebanne, A and Hirosi Nakagawa (Editors). (2018). Anthony Traill: A Trilingual !Xóõ Dictionary !Xóõ – English – Setswana. RÜDIGER KÖPPE VERLAG KÖLN 2018. Cologne, Germany 
  3. Chebanne, A.  & D. Schmidt. 2010. Kalanga Summary Grammar. CASAS Book Series 75. Cape Town.


  1. Chebanne, A. (2020). The Internal Colonisation of the San Peoples of Botswana. Marang: Journal of Language and Literature, Volume 32, 20202, pages 16 – 38.
  2. Chebanne, A. & M. Dlali (2019). Cua language of Botswana: Resilience or a longer road to language loss? South African Journal of African Languages 2019, 40(2): 219 – 233.
  3. Chebanne, A. & K.  Monaka. (2019). Setswana And The Building Of A Nation State In Botswana. Anthropology Southern Africa  Volume 61, Number 1,  75– 98 


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