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Billian Otundo

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Billian K. Otundo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple, University of Bayreuth in Germany and is pursuing a habilitation (postdoctoral degree) at the Department of English Linguistics at the same university. She attained her doctorate as a BIGSAS fellow, where her doctoral dissertation (Otundo 2018) focused on ethnically-marked varieties of Kenyan English(es). Her habilitation project is on multilingual African learning spaces with attention to translanguaging. At the Cluster of Excellence, she is also a co-convener and organiser of a postdoctoral working group, and her research explores the linguistic realities in Kenya’s digital innovations. Further, she is engaged in an ongoing collaboration project on intonation in Kenyan English and Kiswahili at the Phonetic Laboratory at the University of Cologne, Germany. In her research endeavours, she has engaged a mix of quantitative and qualitative data and is experienced in analysis with SPSS, R-Programming, Praat, and MAXQDA among others.

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  • Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Translanguaging, Language Contact, Code-switching, Code-mixing
  • World Englishes with focus on English in Kenya, English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Variational Linguistics, Language Attitudes, Views, and Perceptions
  • Sociophonetics, Variational Intonation and Prosody
  • Linguistic Anthropology with Focus on Language and Identity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Educational Linguistics, Language Practices in Formal and Informal Learning Spaces
  • Language-in-Education Policy in Africa and Decolonising the Linguistics Curriculum



Otundo, Billian K.
Communicating in multilingual learning ecologies : Teacher trainees' perceptions of translangua ...
in Journal of Linguistics, Literary and Communication Studies volume 2 (2023) issue 2. - page 24-34
doi:10.58721/jllcs.v2i2.378 ...

Otundo, Billian K.; Doumbia, Lamine
Exploring the significance of toponyms in the university linguistics curriculum : insights fro ...
in Curriculum Perspectives volume 43 (2023) issue 1. - page 105-115
doi:10.15495/EPub_UBT_00007488 ...


Otundo, Billian K.; Mühleisen, Susanne
Code-switching and advising in multilingual African situations : An analysis of radio phone-in ...
in Journal of the Language Association of Eastern Africa volume 1 (2022) issue 1
doi:10.5642/jlaea.CBOF4616 ...

Otundo, Billian K.
Barriers to the Implementation of Education Article 24 of the CRPD in Kenya
Disability Rights and Inclusiveness in Africa : The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, challenges and change
Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer, 2022. - page 103-130 . - (African Issues; 44)
doi:10.1515/9781800103825-009 ...

Otundo, Billian K.; Grice, Martine
Intonation in advice-giving in Kenyan English and Kiswahili
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Speech Prosody
Lissabon , 2022. - page 150-154
doi:10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-31 ...

Otundo, Billian K.; Nangulu, Anne
"They're plotting against us": Public narratives utilised by Kenyan Community-Based Organisatio ...
in Journal of the Language Association of Eastern Africa volume 1 (2022) issue 1
doi:10.5642/jlaea.JZLV3537 ...


Dodounou, Tsevi; Otundo, Billian K.
"Borrowed" Languages in Africa : A Reflection on the reader-writer imaginary
Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa : Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Production
London : Routledge, 2021. - page 177-192


Otundo, Billian K.
Manifestation of Mother Tongue in Intonation of English : Evidence from Lubukusu
Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace Building, and Reconciliation : Proceedings
Kakamega, Kenya , 2020. - page 55-76
https://ir-library.mmust.ac.ke/xmlui/bitstream/han ...


Otundo, Billian K.
Why grassroots movements addressing displacement in Kenya continue to face challenges
in INCLUDE : Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies
29. April 2019
https://includeplatform.net/blog/why-grassroots-mo ...


Matelski, Maaike; Otundo, Billian K.; Zijlstra, Selma; Dekker, Marleen; van Kempen, Luuk; Nangulu, Anne Kisaka; Spierenburg, Marja
Civil society engagement with land rights advocacy in Kenya: What roles to play? Interim findin ...
in Semantic Scholar
. 2019


Otundo, Billian K.
Exploring Ethnically-Marked Varieties of Kenyan English : Intonation and Associated Attitudes
Berlin : LIT Verlag, 2018. - XIII, 240 page . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 83)


Babou, Cheikh A.; Ndong, Louis; Otundo, Billian K.; Oyali, Uchenna; Seye, Mbaye
Perspectives on translation studies in Africa
publ: Oyali, Uchenna
Bayreuth 2017. - XI, 88 page . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers; 17)
http://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-3 ...


Otundo, Billian K.
Attitudes toward Kenyan English : Ethnically-Marked Pronunciation
Bayreuth 2017. - V, 73 page
http://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-3 ...

Otundo, Billian K.
Implicitation in the translation of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants" from Englis ...
Perspectives on translation studies in Africa
Bayreuth , 2017. - page 33-48 . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers; 17)

Otundo, Billian K.
Intonation variation of declarative questions by Kenyan speakers of English
in International Journal of Current Research volume 9 (2017) issue 10. - page 59412-59419
https://www.journalcra.com/article/intonation-vari ...


Otundo, Billian K.
Attitudes toward Kenyan English : Ethnically-Marked Pronunciation
Saarbrücken : Akademikerverlag, 2014


Otundo, Billian K.
The Impact of Gender Attitudes on Writing Skills : A Study of English Language in Kenyan Second ...
Saarbrücken : VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2011

Billian Otundo
Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft
Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

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