Professor Bassey E. Antia


Bassey E. Antia is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His teaching and research interests span language policy and planning, terminology, multilingualism, health communication and corpus linguistics. Some of his ongoing work is attending to the diversification of languages and language varieties used in teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, as well as to the design and evaluation of language policies. He has also researched the dynamics of terms in pedagogical discourses, the intellectualisation of African languages, and applications of terminology in a range of contexts (medical and veterinary anthropology, regulatory pharmacy, text analysis, specialised translation, etc.). As a consequence of holding university leadership positions and involvement in several capacity-building initiatives, he intermittently writes on facets of higher education management. 

Recent journal articles have appeared in Linguistics and Education, Language Policy, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Terminology, among others. In addition, Bassey E. Antia has authored Terminology and Language Planning,edited Indeterminacy in Terminology and LSP, and co-edited Corpus Linguistics and African Englishes, all from the stable of John Benjamins (Amsterdam/Philadelphia). He has also recently co-edited Managing Change at Universities(vol. 3). He holds qualifications from Nigeria, France, Germany and Belgium. He has taught or held guest lectureship/research fellowship positions in several countries (Spain, Canada, Nigeria, UK, Germany and South Africa). An alumnus of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he is also fellow of the Association of French-speaking Universities (AUF) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Bassey E. Antia has won several awards, including the Eugen Wüster prize for outstanding achievement in research and teaching in terminology and multilingualism (2017); the Southern African Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association/Centre on Higher Education award for national excellence in teaching and learning (2017); the University of the Western Cape institutional teaching excellence award (2017); prize of the University Society of Westphalia and Lippe (Germany) for excellent doctoral dissertation (1999); International INFOTERM award for outstanding achievement in applied research & development in the field of terminology (1999); E.N. Amaku Prize for best graduating student, Department of Languages & Linguistics, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1986).