Wilfrid H.G. Haacke is Professor of African Languages at the University of Namibia. Born in Namibia, he was awarded a B.A, B.A.(Hons) and an M.A. by the University of Cape Town, an M.A. (Theor. Ling.) by the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. by the University of London (UCL). With the intention to specialise in Namibian African languages he was granted special permission at UCT to enroll for Otjiherero as undergraduate degree subject by self-study (under Ernst Westphal), as degree courses in Namibian languages did not exist anywhere. He found employment in Namibia as educational planner, not for Otjiherero but for “Nama/ Damara” (Khoekhoegowab), however, to develop materials for Khoekhoegowab as school subject and as medium of instruction (1973-83). His Masters' theses dealt with the syntax of Khoekhoegowab, and his Ph.D. dissertation with the tonology of Khoekhoegowab. In 1981 he commenced with the ongoing Khoekhoegowab Dictionary project.
In 1983 he was appointed to set up a Department of African Languages at the Academy for Tertiary Education, Windhoek, which was superseded by the University of Namibia in 1992. His main academic interests cover the morphology, syntax, tonology, lexicography, comparative studies and dialectology of Khoekhoegowab.
AFRILEX Keynote Topic: Optimising Data Utilisation in Lexicography: The Case of the Khoekhoegowab Dictionary