Child Language Africa
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About Child Language Africa

Our work is focused on children's language development in South Africa and on the African continent.

We seek to generate knowledge about young children’s language development and difficulties in order to develop culturally appropriate tools for valid and reliable language assessment.

If we can establish the trajectory of early language development in children and develop reliable and valid instruments for assessment, we can then identify children at risk in the very early stages of their development.

Effective early interventions lead to better educational outcomes, increase life-chances and ultimately contribute to decreasing social inequality.



Creating a Locally Relevant Set of Tools


Gesture and Language Development

Chalkboard with Different Languages

Promoting the development and use of linguistically and culturally appropriate health and social tools for fair and valid assessment


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Child Language Africa

acknowledges the generous funding support of:

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Successful Partnerships

Child Language Africa collaborates actively with:


Stellenbosch University


Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University


North-West University


University of Botswana


Linköping University


Lancaster University