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The Centre for Language Studies is a research institution under the Faculty of Humanities at Chancellor College, University of Malawi in Zomba. It was established in 1996 under instruction from government to replace the Chichewa Board whose responsibility was to promote the development of Chichewa, Malawi's national language. The Centre's main mandate is to promote the development of all Malawian languages and guide government on language policy matters.

The Centre also recognizes the educational, social, economic and political importance of non-African languages such as English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and others. It therefore, carries out research and consultancy in these languages as well.

CLS vision and mission statement

  • Our mission is to conduct theoretical and descriptive language research relevant to Malawi and also to provide high qualify language-related services to the public and thereby contribute to the development of Malawi and its languages.
  • Our vision is to be a centre of excellence and high international reputation in academic research, consultancy and the provision of language services needed for the socio-economic and political development of Malawi.
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