Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Linguistics at The University of Manchester. Prior to this post, I held three postdoctoral research positions at The University of Manchester (Language documentation and description), the University of Surrey (Linguistic typological research), and the University of York (Child language acquisition).

I was one of the first two, and the first African PhD graduate of the Endangered Languages Academic Programme at SOAS, University of London.

I currently teach Language Policy and Planning, and Societal Multilingualism. I have previously taught other courses, including Linguistic Typology, Linguistic Field Methods, Language Documentation, and an Introduction to African Languages.

I conduct academic research and publish in several areas of linguistics including the following:

  • Endangered languages and language documentation
  • Multilingualism
  • Child language acquisition
  • Linguistic typology, with a particular focus on Niger-Congo noun class systems
  • Anthropological linguistics

I am currently developing a new research programme in Language Policy and Planning, especially on developing African languages for Education.

I produce research engagement educational material for primary school children, for example, numeracy booklets in Eegimaa, a minority and endangered language of Senegal. For adults, I have produced preventative health booklets on HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Since 2015, I have been running a radio programme in Eegimaa to raise awareness on health, education, socio-economic development, as well as to contribute to the revitalisation of the language.

I did my primary education in French, a language that none of the pupils understood. I am a strong supporter of “Mother Tongue” education, and I strongly believe that general linguistics is indispensable for a successful implementation of such a programme which is promoted by many states and international organisations.

Research interests


Language policy and planning

Child language acquisition

Language documentation and description.

Linguistic typology

 African languages, Atlantic language family, Niger-Congo languages

Basse Casamance, Senegal


2021-22 - Present: Language Policy and Planning (3rd year course).

2021-22 - Present: Societal Multilingualism (2nd & 3rd year course).

2018 August: Summer School in Language Documentation Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco. (Postgraduate & academic staff).

2017 July: Summer School in Language Documentation, University of Education Winneba, Ghana. (Postgraduate & academic staff).

2011-12 - Semester 2: Introduction to Typology - The University of     Manchester - 2nd year course.

2011-12 - Semester 1: Linguistic Field Methods - The University of Manchester - 3rd year course.

2010 July: Summer School in Language Documentation, University of Education Winneba, Ghana. (Postgraduate & academic staff).

2009: Introduction to African Languages - The University of Manchester 2nd year course.

Areas of expertise

  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Child language acquisition
  • Linguistic typology
  • Language documentation and description
  • Language Policy and Planning

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Creative Manchester


Dive into the research topics where Serge Sagna is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or