The Linguistics Association of SADC Universities (LASU) was
formed in 1984 at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.
The formation of the Association was driven by the urge by
various academics that gathered in Chancellor College’s
Great Hall from the 19th to the 21st of November 1984 to
“work in close cooperation” with various governments and
organisations in “uplifting the moral and material well-being
of the inhabitants” of what was then known as Southern African
Development Coordination Conference (SADCC).
Later on SADCC
changed into the regional grouping that we know today as
Southern African Development Community (SADC) whose member
states are: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles,
South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
At its formation the association set out to fulfil the
To foster, promote, strengthen and maintain high standards
of linguistic education and research in Universities
and language research institutions of the SADC region.
To promote better understanding and facilitate the
exchange if linguistics materials and expertise among
scholars in the universities and research institutions
concerned with linguistic education through
cooperation with other regional and international organisations.
To promote collaboration between teachers and
researchers of language and linguistics and help
disseminate information and literature concerning
linguistics education and research in universities
and research institutions of the SACD region.
To coordinate linguistic research and teaching in
universities and research institutions of the SADC region
To maintain registers and publish directories of
teachers and researchers of language and linguistics
in the universities and research institutions of the
SADC region, and to publicize programmes of study and
To facilitate exchange of students and researchers in
language and linguistics in universities and research
institutions of the SADC region.
To organise conferences, workshops, seminars. And
teach-ins of the Association where research activities
shall be reported.
To publish relevant materials for the association
To encourage and assist governments of the SADC
region and other relevant bodies to formulate sound
language policies for their respective countries
and for the SADC region.
To assist governments of the SADC region in development
[of] programmes and their implementation through
appropriate and effective use of language.
To do anything that is conducive and incidental
to these objectives.