LINGUIST List 26.2722

Tue Jun 02 2015

Calls: Afroasiatic, Applied Ling, General Ling, Lang Doc, Ling & Lit, Socioling/Botswana

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 02-Jun-2015
From: Ethelbert Emmanuel Kari <>
Subject: XIII Conference of the Linguistics Association of SADC Universities
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Full Title: XIII Conference of the Linguistics Association of SADC Universities
Short Title: LASU

Date: 25-Jun-2015 - 27-Jun-2015
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Contact Person: Rose Letsholo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Call Deadline: 09-Jun-2015

Meeting Description:

XIII Conference of the Linguistics Association of SADC Universities (LASU)
25-27 June 2015
University of Botswana

Conference theme: African languages in an ICT-driven age: Prospects and challenges

Keynote Speakers:

1. Professor Joyce Mathangwane, University of Botswana, Botswana
2. Professor Gregory Kamwendo, Kwazulu Natal University, South Africa
3. Professor Felix Banda, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Registration Fees:

International participants: P1800.00 (USD200)
University of Botswana staff: P800.00
Students: P500.00

Travel, Board and Lodging:

Participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. For information on hotels and lodges in Botswana, visit:

Hostel Accommodation:

On-campus accommodation is available for 50 participants at the rate of P112/room per night x 4 nights = P448 (inclusive of 12% VAT) to be paid in advance. Contact Person: Mr. T. R. Mautle, Tel.: (Work) +267 3552245.

Accommodation/Lodging: Information on accommodation and transport will be provided upon inquiry.

Meals: The Organising Committee (OC) will provide lunch only.

Visas: Participants should contact the nearest Botswana embassy /consulate in their country or region to enquire if they need a visa or not. Please also check to make sure that you need/do not need a South African Transit visa.

Transport Arrangements:

The OC is negotiating for reduced transport fees with local transport providers. Participants should provide us with travel details on time. Adequate directions will be given to assist those who may want to travel to the conference venue on their own.

Final Call for Papers:

Key Dates:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: 9 June 2015 at 12 midnight, Local Time
Conference duration: 25 – 27 June 2015

Abstracts are invited on a wide range of fields within linguistics on topics linked to the conference theme, which is 'African languages in an ICT-driven age: Prospects and challenges'. Papers on other topics within the fields of general linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and literature are welcome.


- Formal theoretical linguistics
- Documentary linguistics and responses to language endangerment
- Historical and comparative linguistics
- Language and gender
- Language acquisition and learning
- Sign languages and cultures
- Language pedagogy
- Language description and codification
- Discourse analysis and text linguistics
- Stylistics
- Translation, terminology and lexicography
- Language standardization and harmonization
- Sociolinguistics
- African languages in a globalised world
- African languages for literacy and national development
- African languages for science and technology
- Language, identity, culture and communication in the turn of the millennium
- Reconceptualizing linguistic diversity in the global village
- Interface between European and African Language use in Language & Literature
- Rites of passage in African Literature & Theatre
- Afro-centric Theories of Language & Literature
- Interface between traditional media and African Drama & Literature
- The occult in African Literature
- Images of the intellectual in African Drama & Literature
- Appropriation of indigenous performance for political ends
- Aesthetics in African theatre and drama

Proposals for Papers:

Presentations: 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts should be submitted by email as an MSWord file attachment in accordance with the following guidelines:

Full first name(s)
Institutional affiliation
Email address
Telephone and/or fax number(s)
Title of proposed presentation
An abstract of between 150 to 300 words of the paper


For conference contributions or any information on other conference-related matters, please contact the following members of the conference Secretariat:

Professor S.T.M. Lukusa
Telephone: +267 355 2652

Dr. R. Letsholo
Telephone: +267 355 4124

Dr. E.E. Kari
Telephone: +267 355 4113

Dr. D. Kasule
Telephone: +267 355 5143

Or post to:

The Chairperson
LASU 2015 Conference Secretariat
Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Botswana
Private Bag 0073

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