Virtual Reading Group Language in The Gambia #3 – Tuesday 27 July

Open to anyone interested who is interested in language and The Gambia 

The Language in The Gambia Virtual Reading Group is a community of students, scholars and members of the general public interested in finding out more about how languages are used to communicate in The Gambia (e.g. the characteristics of diglossia, translanguaging practices and language contact in the country) and the working of these languages (e.g. their grammatical features, sentence prosody, and orthography development). We meet regularly for an hour to discuss advanced research articles related to these topics.  


The Language in The Gambia Virtual Reading Group is an initiative led by Dr Clyde Ancarno of the Multilingual Education in The Gambia project (King’s College London) and Lamin Demba (University of The Gambia). The discussions will be facilitated by the organisers and/or guests. We are open to discussing articles ready for submission to relevant academic/professional journals. If you would like us to include your article as part of our reading list please email 


The Language in The Gambia Virtual Reading Group will have its second meeting on Tuesday 27 July at 5.30pm Gambian time / 6.30 UK time. We will discuss: Lawson, S. and Jaworski, A., 2007. Shopping and chatting: Reports of tourist–host interaction in the Gambia. Multilingua 26. [download]. “This paper examines interactions between tourists and hosts in The Gambia, a ‘winter sun’ package holiday destination in West Africa. To investigate the nature of such interactions, 20 ‘communication diaries’ were completed by a group of British tourism students during their week-long field trip to The Gambia and followed up by small group discussions with some of the participants. The students were asked to record as many individual interactions with Gambians as possible noting the following information: Time; Place; Situation; Interlocutor; Languages spoken; Topics; Result of interaction; Perceptions of interactions. 194 interactions were recorded. Many of the interactions were ‘transactional’ in that tourism workers treat them as potential sources of income. However, their tenor is predominantly ‘personal’ as they were full of phatic communion and chatting. . Central to the tourist experience in The Gambia is the role of the ‘bumsters’ due to their mediating function between the tourists and other Gambian people.”

Where: To join the discussion at the scheduled time, use this Zoom link. If you don’t want to sign up to Zoom, click on JOIN MEETING AS AN ATTENDEE or JOIN MEETING, then enter the following details: 891 8865 2789 (personal meeting ID) and 1234 (passcode). You can also participate through our WhatsApp group by sending your phone number to We encourage all members to join our WhatsApp group so they can follow the contributions of our reading group members who will be able to join us via WhatsApp only. If you have technical issues on Zoom please join through WhatsApp. We’ll monitor the WhatsApp group each meeting.

When: Tuesday 27 July @ 5.30pm (Gambian time) / 6.30pm (UK time)

Who: ALL welcome!


This is a suggested line up containing research articles, chapters and dissertations. Recommendations from our group members are always welcome. We will open this list for discussion at the end of our meeting. 

We meet the third Tuesday of each month. We will not meet in August and December.