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African Urban & Youth Language

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There has been a recent increase in interest
in youth and urban language phenomena
around the world. Youth and urban languages
are seen to be at the heart of language change
in postmodern societies, and a feature of
contemporary diversity, or ‘superdiversity’ in our
African urban and youth varieties provide
striking examples for the investigation of mixing,
coinages, syntactic change, lexical innovation
and other dynamic language phenomena.
This conference intends to bring together
scholars from around the world in one of the
locations where these varieties are prevalent –
South Africa – in order to provide a forum where
the field can be further developed and theorized.
We invite scholars working in the field to join
us in Cape Town to contribute to this burgeoning
and challenging field of research.
Papers can be relevant to (but not limited to)
the following themes:
• African youth languages (Sheng,
Camfranglais, Nouchi, Tsotsitaal,
• Urban and non-standard varieties
• Gendered varieties
• Theorisation of youth & urban
• Language variation and change
• Language crossing, switching and
Papers are furthermore welcomed on urban and
youth languages phenomena from around the
world, for comparative purposes.

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Meeting Location:
Cape Town, South Africa

Contact Information:
Ellen Hurst

Meeting Dates:
The African Urban & Youth Language will be held from 05-Jul-2013 to 06-Jul-2013.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 02-Oct-2012 until 18-Jan-2013.

Abstract Rating Information:
Submitted Abstracts will be reviewed and rated from 15-Dec-2012 until 06-Mar-2013. Authors will be notified of their acceptance after 07-Mar-2013.

African Urban & Youth Language,

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