LINGUIST List 24.4474

Sat Nov 09 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 08-Nov-2013
From: Jason Kandybowicz <>
Subject: 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
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Full Title: 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics Short Title: ACAL 45
Date: 17-Apr-2014 - 19-Apr-2014 Location: Lawrence, Kansas, USA Contact Person: Jason Kandybowicz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

The 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be held at the University of Kansas from April 17-19, 2014. The theme of this year's conference is 'Africa's Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches'. In addition to plenary sessions featuring eminent scholars, ACAL 45 will feature three sessions: a main session, a poster session, and a workshop based on the conference theme.

ACAL 45 will bring together researchers on African languages and linguistics from around the world, with an emphasis on exploring both the broad and the narrow aspects of African languages. The plenary speakers will be:

Kofi Agyekum (University of Ghana)
Chris Collins (New York University)
Ruth Kramer (Georgetown University)
Michael R. Marlo (University of Missouri)
Carlos M Nash (University of Kansas)
Bonny Sandy (Northern Arizona University)
Malte Zimmermann (Universit├Ąt Potsdam)

2nd Call for Papers:

In addition to plenary sessions featuring eminent scholars, ACAL 45 will feature three sessions: a main session, a poster session, and a workshop based on the conference theme. For the main and poster sessions, papers addressing any subfield(s) of linguistics in relation to the study of African languages are welcome. These include, but are not limited to:

- Computational linguistics
- Historical linguistics
- Language acquisition (i.e. first, second, or additional language)
- Language pedagogy
- Lexicography
- Morphology
- Neurolinguistics
- Phonetics
- Phonology
- Pragmatics
- Semantics
- Sign language
- Sociolinguistics
- Syntax
- Typology

For the workshop sessions, we invite papers that deal directly with endangered or highly threatened African languages from either a documentary or theoretical perspective (or both). Workshop sessions will be organized by methodological approach (i.e. there will be documentary sessions and theoretical sessions) and in an attempt to create a dialogue between practitioners of both approaches, they will be moderated by a linguist of the opposite persuasion.

All abstracts will be blind reviewed for their originality, quality, and relevance. Main session talks will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation with a 10 minute question and answer period. Poster presentations will be displayed for a 2 hour block of time. Workshop talks will be allocated 25 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

Submission Guidelines:

All abstracts should be anonymous and written in English with glosses or translations for words or examples in any other language. Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 500 words. The 500-word abstract should be single-spaced and in a font no smaller than 11 point. A separate page should accompany the abstract and include the following information: author's name(s), institutional affiliation, the session the paper is being submitted to (main session, poster session, or workshop), and contact information, including e-mail address. Abstracts may either be submitted electronically in PDF format to the email address below or via postal mail on a CD/DVD to the address that follows. Faxes will not be accepted.

Electronic Submissions:

To submit electronically, please send abstracts to the following address: or visit the conference website (

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