LINGUIST List 30.1192

Fri Mar 15 2019

Calls: Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Doc, Text/Corpus Ling/Kenya

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Date: 12-Mar-2019
From: Justine Sikuku <>
Subject: Building Capacity in Linguistic Research
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Full Title: Building Capacity in Linguistic Research
Short Title: LAEA

Date: 01-Aug-2019 - 02-Aug-2019
Location: ELDORET, Kenya
Contact Person: JUSTINE SIKUKU
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Mar-2019

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this conference is to build capacity in language and linguistic research among linguists, graduate students, language activists, language educators and persons interested in the importance of language, through training in language and linguistic database skills and raising awareness of the importance and effectiveness of using language and linguistic databases in research, not only in the creation of language and linguistic data but also as a basis for extensive language descriptions and characterization. The conference provides an opportunity to participants to develop and enhance their skills in language and Linguistic research. In addition, the conference is an opportunity for utilization of existing databases in order to enhance their scope. This conference will hopefully spur the construction of new databases by established researchers in the region not only to help study local languages but also to build networks that will harness the diversity among participants towards building a stronger research family.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributors to submit abstracts for papers which address any of the following themes:

1. Understanding language and linguistic databases. This will focus on any of the following:
a) Proposed projects on any aspect of language and linguistics which target single or multiple languages of the Eastern Africa region that may be developed into a data base project.
b) Papers on any language/linguistic topic that utilizes data from existing databases (see attached list of suggested databases) on any language of the Eastern Africa region.
2. Language and linguistics in Eastern Africa. Abstracts for papers under this theme will be on;
a) Any language/linguistic topic that includes the analysis of a language or a group of languages of the Eastern Africa region. The topics may include;
i) The core areas of modern theoretical linguistics such as Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Typology, Sociolinguistics, Comparative Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis.
ii) Aspects of language endangerment, documentation and revitalization.
iii) Language Planning and Policy
b) Any topic in applied linguistics on issues affecting language/linguistics in Eastern Africa. The areas may include, but are not limited to;
i) Forensic linguistics, Literary and Linguistic stylistics, and Language acquisition.
ii) Language education and second language teaching.
iii) The status of foreign languages such as French and German in the region.
iv) Media and Communication

The abstracts should be written in English, but in exceptional cases French and Kiswahili will be accepted. The submission deadline for all abstracts is March 29 and decisions on acceptance will be made no later than April 26. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words including examples and references and must be in 11pt type or larger. The abstract should clearly be marked according to one of the two themes of the conference. Names and affiliations should be on a separate page. Please submit your abstract electronically to

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