LINGUIST List 26.3301

Tue Jul 14 2015

Calls: Applied Ling, General Ling, Ling & Literature, Socioling, Translation/Ghana

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 14-Jul-2015
From: Ildiko Csajbok-Twerefou <>
Subject: School of Languages Conference on Multilingualism in Africa
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Full Title: School of Languages Conference on Multilingualism in Africa
Short Title: SoLCoN1

Date: 27-Oct-2015 - 29-Oct-2015
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contact Person: Jemima Anderson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 05-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

The School of Languages is a recent creation of the University of Ghana. The School has plans to organize annual conferences, on the role of languages and literature in the development of Africa. The first of such conference is taking place in October, this year and the theme is “Multilingualism in Africa: Resource or Challenge”.

The theme for the conference is motivated by the highly multilingual setting that Africa finds itself in and the debates about whether or not the multilingual nature of African countries has contributed to the low economic performance of Africa. Questions such as:

- Does the use of African languages have any advantage for Africa?
- What languages should African countries use in education?
- Do we need national languages in addition to the official language?

These are some of the questions African countries have been grappling with since independence. The theme for the conference is therefore, to open the forum for further discussion on whether multilingualism in Africa has any prospects and what the challenges are.

Papers on core linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages and literature will also feature during the conference, since language development, language documentation and literature play important roles in national development.

Call for Papers:

Extended Submission Deadline: 5 September 2015

School of Languages Conference (SOLCON 1)
27-29 October, 2015
University of Ghana

Theme: ‘Multilingualism in the African Context: Resource or Challenge’

The School of Languages (College of Humanities, University of Ghana), in conjunction with the Language Centre (University of Ghana) and Central University College (Ghana), cordially invites proposals for the maiden School conference to be held from 27-29 October, 2015 at the University of Ghana. The conference, which is on the theme ‘Multilingualism in the African Context: Resource or Challenge’, seeks to attract seasoned and budding scholars from around the world to discuss pertinent issues relating to language, literary and cultural practices as set within our highly multilingual African settings.

Papers, posters and panel presentations are invited on the subthemes listed below. Presenters are however not restricted to the underlisted sub-themes and are welcome to present on other related topics.

- Phonetics/ Phonology/ Morphology/ Semantics/ Pragmatics/ Sociolinguistics/ Psycholinguistics, and other areas of Linguistics
- Multilingualism in urban and rural contexts in Africa
- Language Policies and Practice in Africa
- Mother-tongue based multilingual education
- Language inEducation
- Language and the Media in Multilingual Africa
- Language variation in urban Africa(Youth, Gender, etc.)
- African Literature and Multilingual Practices
- African literature, Modern Languages and the Challenge of Translation
- African Literatures and the Challenge of Globalisation/Cosmopolitanism
- Literature, the Visual Art and the Digital Media
- Literature and Political Causes
- Children’s Voices in Contemporary African Literature
- Emerging Discourses on African Language Literatures

Submission Guidelines

Anonymous single-spaced abstracts or description of panels (in Word or pdf), addressing the theme of the conference should be sent electronically to the following e-mail addresses: OR

Abstracts should be formatted according to the following guidelines:

- Title– Bold, font 14, Centre alignment.
- Abstract – 300 words maximum. Abstracts should highlight the problem being investigated, methodology, significance of the study, as well as its findings.
Details of authors' names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses should be sent on a separate sheet, bearing the title of the paper, to the same e-mail addresses.

Proposal of panels should consist of:

- Title of the Panel
- Convener
- Proposed Panellists
- Discussant (if necessary)
- Description of Panel should not be more than 500 words maximum

Important Dates:

- Extended Submission Deadline: 5 September 2015.
- Notification of Acceptance: 31 August 2015.
- Deadline for Registration: 30 September, 2015.

Registration Fee:

- Local Participants: 100 Ghana Cedis
- Students and Non-Tertiary Teachers: 50 Ghana Cedis
- International Participants: 100 US Dollars

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