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LINGUIST List 18.3271

Wed Nov 07 2007

Confs: General Linguistics/Ghana

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        1.    John Singler, Code-Switching & West Africa: Theory & Implications

Message 1: Code-Switching & West Africa: Theory & Implications
Date: 05-Nov-2007
From: John Singler <john.singlernyu.edu>
Subject: Code-Switching & West Africa: Theory & Implications
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Code-Switching & West Africa: Theory & Implications

Date: 26-Nov-2007 - 27-Nov-2007
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contact: John Singler
Contact Email: john.singlernyu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

An exploration of recent developments in the study of code-switching, with
particular reference to West Africa.

Intra-sentential code-switching (CS) is a robust part of West African linguistic
life, most especially in Ghana. From Barnabas Forson's 1979 dissertation
--positing Akan-English CS as a third code for western-educated Ghanaians-- to
the present, the scholarly investigation of West African CS has made a
meaningful contribution to the study of CS. The current energy in Ghanaian CS
scholarship provides the impetus for a two-day conference, ''Code-Switching and
West Africa: Theory and Its Implications,'' organized by New York University's
program in Ghana and held on the campus of the University of Ghana-Legon on Nov.
26-27, 2007. The conference sponsors are New York University (Africa House and
the Department of Linguistics), NYU-in-Ghana, and the University of Ghana-Legon
(Department of Linguistics).

The conference brings scholars from outside West Africa and local scholars
together to examine the state of the art. Presenters include Pieter Muysken
(Radboud), Peter Auer (Freiburg), Melissa Moyer (UA de Barcelona), Federica
Guerini (Bergamo), Felix Ameka (Leiden), Evershed Amuzu (UG-Legon), and Komlan
Essizewa (Lomé). The conference will examine the impact of West Africa CS upon
existing theories. Participants' work presents a wide range of theoretical
perspectives and orientations: the speakers will explore data from both
naturalistic and experimental settings. Some will examine language dyads and
triads that involve one European and one or more African languages, and--in an
important development--others will look at dyads and triads where all the
languages are Niger-Congo. Additionally, papers will address the role and
meaning of CS in Ghanaian media and education.

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