LINGUIST List 31.1872

Fri Jun 05 2020

Confs: Gen Ling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 05-Jun-2020
From: Jenneke van der Wal <>
Subject: World Congress of African Linguistics
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World Congress of African Linguistics
Short Title: WOCAL

Date: 08-Jun-2021 - 11-Jun-2021
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Maarten Mous
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Language plays a vital role in our societies that are more and more shaped by communication and information, and Africa is no exception. As languages provide the framework for interpreting the world, African languages can contribute tremendously to our understanding of how people communicate and how language structures this interaction. Only by using African languages in all spheres of social life in African societies does communication become inclusive and information truly accessible to all and lead to reducing inequality and establishing sustainable societies. African linguistics has a key role to play in helping to bring this about.

Program Information:

We invite contributions on all African languages including sign languages; synchronic and diachronic studies, literatures in African languages; all subdisciplines of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, language planning and policy, language documentation; and applied and educational linguistics.

Program Organisation:
We envisage 5 plenary speakers, followed by pitches for posters, and 8-10 parallel sessions. Presentations will be 20 minutes long followed by 5 minutes discussion and 5 minutes for changing rooms. Poster sessions will take place during lunch and coffee/tea breaks. We select abstracts to accommodate maximally 400 papers.

The papers will be organised as much as possible in logical sessions so as to make all fields of African linguistics visible.

We are open to suggestions for proposals for workshops during, before or after WOCAL. Please contact the organisers before July 30th, 2020. Currently workshops on Tone, Sign languages, Bantu universals and variation, Pragmatics, and Technologies for enhanced documentation of African languages have been suggested. We hope that workshops will attract separate funding to allow participants form Africa to attend WOCAL.

We are looking into options for on-line streaming and on-line presentations for those who cannot be physically present.

Conference time/dates:
Conference: June 8, 9, 10, 11 2021
Arrival and registration day: June 7
After WOCAL social events: June 12

Submission deadlines:
Workshop proposal: Due July 30, 2020
Abstract: Due November 30, 2020
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2021

Conference fees (early bird before March 1, 2021):
General: 160 EUR (early bird 140)
(PhD-)Students: 80 EUR (early bird 70)
Participants from economically challenged countries: 80 EUR (early bird 70)

Details for payment will be announced soon on the conference website
Local organising and scientific committee to be contacted at

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