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Language and you: feedback from readers

Thank you for such a great piece on forensic linguistics and the handwriting of crime suspects in The Mast newspaper. It was informative – the kind one would want in a newspaper. Please keep up the good work. Mr. Kamulile Phiri, Chilanga.

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Your articles have really marketed The Mast newspaper … they have so much rare knowledge that most readers look forward to every Friday! You are a national asset on language issues. Ms. Martha Tembo, Kabwe.

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Honestly when I read your articles, it is clear the amount of work done is absolutely incredible. I know you are a social scientist, but from the eagle’s eye, perusing your paper, one would think you are a medical doctor, physicist, engineer, etc. The body of knowledge gathered is well-thought and researched. Miyombo E. Miyombo, Harbin Engineering University, China.

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Beautiful piece. Sufficient knowledge exuded each time you put up your articles. Mr. Kapau Kent Kunyanda, Sesheke.

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Reading your article on the secret language of twin babies (cryptophasia) makes me smile. I mean, these are things we have seen before but didn’t have knowledge about. Such rare knowledge makes your column unique. Mr. Mphazi Simuchimba, Chipata.

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Your article on multiple meanings of mother tongues is so useful especially to us the early childhood specialists…it connects well with the previous topic you published. Lwaitumela mukulwange mwalufa liseli ni zibo. Mr. Hans Chisambwe, Sesheke.

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The article on whether we can learn language while asleep (hypnopaedia) was so educative! Looking forward to the next article on the handwriting of crime suspects! Mr. Gabriel M. Sandambo, Kitwe.

———————————————————————-Doc, you are really baptising us with this rare knowledge keep it up. Mr. Susiku Mwanangombe, Kalomo.

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The articles are done beautifully and the language (diction) used is easy to understand…very good pieces of work… Mr. Michael Mwansa, Lusaka.

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What an educative article you had on multiple meanings of mother tongues! Also, the article on handwriting of crime suspects was very educative! I have learnt a lot. I didn’t know that handwriting is like our fingerprints. Thank you! Ms. Triza Nkolomba, Lusaka.

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I am impressed by the effort that goes on into researching these articles and the facts and myths they unearth. The articles make many of us realise that we knew the particular topic just from the surface because there is always something deeper and new we are learning! Keep up the great work! Daniel K. Likando (Esq.), Kaoma.

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I am glad I read the article on secret language of twin babies – cryptophasia! I had questions which remained unanswered until now. Such a great piece from a great mind. I personally salute you Dr. Kapau. Ms. Shamuchimba Angela, Kafue.

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Okay, I have learnt why twins act the same way. Very educative article. Ms. Victarina Luchembe, Lusaka.

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Your article on the secret language of baby twins reminds me of the movie “Baby Genius Movie”. Ms. Mwila Sampa.

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I have learnt something. So, this is why twins will in most cases imitate each other. I now understand. So, there is always communication that takes place between the 2. This is educative! Ms. Esther Situtu, Chipata.

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Great articles. Keep it up as we continue learning, refreshing our linguistic knowledge base and broadening our understanding of the various fields in this prestigious faculty. Mr. David Phiri, Chipata.

———————————————————————-I simply love the article on definitions of mother tongues. It probably explains why I have had difficulties with the phrase ‘mother tongue’ in my conversation. Mr. Jeremiah Nyirenda, Lusaka.

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Rare insights. Elaborate and excellent pieces of work. Ms. Manyando Kayangula, University of Namibia (UNAM).

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The article on forensic linguistics versus the handwriting of crime suspects is a very interesting piece Doc. Leaves me questioning my own handwriting. Mr. Simpungwe Milandu, Lusaka.

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The media team of the University of the Western Cape would love to carry a story about your Mast column on the UWC website and other platforms in and outside South Africa. Let’s get in touch. It is a very interesting column. Nicklaus Kruger, Cape Town.

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Absolutely amazing, this is so inspiring! Ms. Zelipa Mathews Nonde, Chipata.

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Must read articles. Thank you for the knowledge, kezeli! Mutukwa Mubita Moya, ZNBC Tv and radio personality.

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Very educative … very good work you are putting in there. Mr. Reuben Kachali, Lusaka.

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Thank you very much for the article on the many meanings of ‘mother tongue’. Others say I am a lost Nsenga, others that I am a lost Tonga bull. Funny thing is, I’m fluent in both, but mostly use Nsenga with family members. And Tonga I use it in public. So, the outside world judges me on competence and functional criterion. Makes so much sense reading your article. Mr. Chester Mwanza, Lusaka.

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Very interesting article on sleep learning (hypnopaedia). Looking forward to learning more from you. Ms. Yvette Mudonga, Mkushi.

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My son, how proud I feel whenever I go through your articles. I remember Professor Los Nas who had deciphered professorial qualities in you long ago and has predicted your future. Inspiring write up, well-researched. Best wishes. Ms. Vandana Kumar, UNZA lecturer.

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Every time I read a psycholinguistics piece of writing, I don’t know why I feel like I still hav a lot to learn. Thank you doc! Mr. Songesonge Jnr., Kawambwa.

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Very informative articles. Thank you for the great work you are doing. Glenda Finn, Carmel, California.

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I have learnt a lot especially on the causes of preschool language disorders. Most expectant mothers in our society indulge in beer drinking. I wish they could see this article. Much appreciated Doc for this article. Ms. Doreen Kalenga, Ndola.

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The great one keep it up … lighting that torch of academic as you propel to success. Mr. L. Muyendekwa, UNZA lecturer.

———————————————————————-Your article on the handwriting of crime suspects was very interesting. Learning a lot. Mr. Ozlay Ng’andwe, Lusaka.

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“No man has ever managed to cheat him in history” end of quote (Kapau, 2021). The article on handwriting of crime suspects has exposed a lot of familiar habits yet incomprehensive to my knowledge. I can’t wait for the next one! Keep it up Doc. Mr. C. Chumpie, Kabwe.

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I am very interested in your articles. I learn a lot from them. Keep us informed. These are real issues we have in our communities. Thanks for this column. Dr. L. Muyoba (PhD).

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While searching for clinical linguistics articles, I came across your article ‘language recovery patterns after stroke’. I would appreciate if we can work together on a journal paper. Ms. Mercy Agbeye, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Find time to read Mr. Humphrey Kapau’s article on ‘Preschool language disorders’. Very beneficial articles. More and more are coming. Feed your mind with rich information and also remember to spread. Ms. Ronica Joan Banda, Mongu.

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Excellent presentation on preschool language disorders! I miss your unique presentations … keep on with this good work. Ms. Justina Kobe, UNZA.

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Well-researched write-up on preschool language disorders. We keep on learning every other day. Mr. Kelvin Mwelwa, Mufulira.

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An interesting article (on preschool language disorders), Humphrey! How I wish we could come up with a mechanism to diagnose such difficulties in children early enough in schools in our locality so that the needed intervention is done in good time! Mrs. Eunice Mukonde-Mulenga, UNZA lecturer.

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Well-articulated articles…thanks a lot. Mr. Moses Mukubesa, Kabwe.

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I really appreciate the amount of talents you are carrying on your shoulders, bro. It’s a blessing to have such kind of people as well as knowing such. I have been enjoying reading your articles. Ms. Bertha Mukonda, Lusaka.

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Impressive article on the secret language of twin babies – the so called cryptophasia! I’m busy cracking my brain to see if I can figure out the process of cryptophasia that took place in my younger brothers (twins) during childhood. As far as I can remember, there was a unique language they could use especially when one of them fell ill. Ms. Samaria Mwape, Lusaka.

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Unique topic on secret language of twin babies. Have heard those with twins say muzake akalila naye alila or akadwala naye muzake adwala. Interesting! Ms. Alina Susan Kasonde, Lusaka.

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Family, remember to alert me on your next article, please. Thank you for the information. Mr. Calvin Zulu, Arakan.

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So fascinating yet enlightening. My long troubling question on twins’ language has been aptly answered. Thank you very much for the knowledge you are sharing. Mr. Raphael Patali Phiri, Matero.

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That was it for today! Thanks to those that keep sharing my article links, like Ndate Sepo and Ms Joan Chishala. To access all the articles I have written so far, simply go to The Mast website www.themastonline.com and type ‘Humphrey M Kapau’ in the search box and you will have all the 18 articles written so far!

The author is a systemic functional linguist and Special Research Fellow (PhD) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His other research fields include neurolinguistics, forensic linguistics, psycholinguistics, semiotics, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, African languages and literature. He has also taught language at UNZA. Contact: hmksettings@rocketmail.com; WhatsApp: +260 956 315380.

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