Mr. Rajendra Prasad

Discipline: Linguistics


Extension number: 32315

Expertise / Activities
Linguist Fiji Hindi

Educational Background/ Qualifications

PhD ( In progress)

MA (Linguistics)

PGD (linguistics)

BEd ( Literature& Language)


Teaching Linguistics at University of the South Pacific (USP) in school of Language Arts and Media. Also taught English for Academic purpose at USP. Research interests are in the linguistic study of Fiji Baat and its historical development in the social, political, and educational fields of Fiji Indians.  Also actively researching on multilingual education in Fiji and translation work.

2020, PhD candidate. Working on a descriptive analysis of the verb morphology of Fiji Hindi. The project is on documentation of Fiji Baat and creating a corpus of it. The verb construction analysis will be carried out from the dissertation.

Research Interests
Currently working on building a corpus of Fiji Hindi (Language Documentation)

Winner of USP 3 Minute thesis competition


Willans, F. & R. Prasad (2021). From Hindustani to (Fiji) Hindi and back to Fiji Baat? Metalinguistic reconstructions of the national variety of Hindi in Fiji. Journal of Pacific History.

Willans, F. & R. Prasad (forthcoming, 2021). Multilingual, multimodal insights into the online learning experience: Getting in the zone. In B. Samuelson & S. Silvhiany (Eds.). Learning to research multilingually: Rethinking practices, challenging policies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Prasad, Rajendra . (2020) Language and Law in Fiji. In: It takes an island and an ocean. Institute of Education, The University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Tonga, pp. 18-28. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

Willans, F., R. Buadromo, T. Bryce, R. Prasad & A. Fonolahi (2020). Supporting the transition to tertiary level: How students engage with academic literacy materials embedded into a mainstream course. In S. Naidu & S. Narayan (Eds.). Teaching and Learning with Technology: Pushing boundaries and breaking down walls (pp.137-163). Suva: University of the South Pacific Press.

Willans, F., A. Fonolahi, R. Buadromo, T. Bryce, R. Prasad & S. Kumari (2019). Fostering and evaluating learner engagement with academic literacy support: Making the most of Moodle. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice 16/4, available from:  

Under review

Prasad, R. & F. Willans (awaiting reviewer feedback but accepted by editors). Debunking ten myths about Hindi in Fiji: Taking some of the hot air out of the Mirchi FM debate. The International Journal of Studies on the Indian Diaspora.