Dr. Cyrus Mugambi Ngumo (PhD)
Name: Dr. Cyrus Mugambi Ngumo
Area of Specialization: Linguistics
Contact Address: PO BOX 6 Embu
Born in Nyeri and educated at both primary and secondary school levels in Nyeri. Then, proceeded to Kenyatta University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature. In 2003, I attained an M.ED in Education Psychology at Kenyatta University, followed by an MA in Applied Linguistics at the same institution in 2007. In 2014, I graduated with a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Laikipia University.
I am interested in language contact, maintenance, shift, vitality, endangerment and death with particular reference to African indigenous languages. Another area of interest is critical language study with an emphasis on how language produces and reproduces power relations and social inequalities. My interest also extends to how the marginalized manifest voice (agency) to resist abusive or unequal power relations in discourse. Thus, I regard questions of identity and ideology and how they are embedded in language use to be fundamental. Lastly, I like to engage on how linguistics intersects with literature with particular focus on how it can be used to provide new insights into literature.