LINGUIST List 31.2688

Mon Aug 31 2020

Calls: Discipline of Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Acq, Lang Doc, Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 29-Aug-2020
From: Emmanuel Asonye <>
Subject: Indigenous Hands and Voices of African Identity: Discourse on Language Rights
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Full Title: Indigenous Hands and Voices of African Identity: Discourse on Language Rights
Short Title: IHAVAI

Date: 07-Jan-2021 - 08-Jan-2021
Location: Online (Via Zoom), Nigeria
Contact Person: Emmanuel Asonye
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): African Deaf Sign Languages; African Language Isolate; African Mixed Language; African Pidgin; African Pidgins and Creoles; African Unclassified

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Africa contributes profoundly rich linguistic and cultural heritages to the world’s linguistic diversity, yet many of indigenous African languages are grossly understudied and underdeveloped, while the foreign languages, the lasting symbols of colonialism continue to gain strength and space in African linguistic communities. Many African signed languages are among the earliest discovered and defined signed language systems, yet indigenous African signed languages are among the least studied and least developed in the world. As the United Nations/UNESCO declared the International Decade of indigenous Languages in 2020, it becomes expedient to accelerate the study of indigenous African languages and to give them equal growth opportunities in the global space.

This virtual conference, “Indigenous Hands and Voices of African Identity: Discourse on Language Rights” is a step in the right direction as it seeks to bring together sound African and non-African scholars in the field of indigenous African languages (both signed and spoken) to discuss their works and contribute knowledge towards the growth and development of indigenous African languages.

Call for Papers:

We are inviting contributions from African and non-African Deaf and hearing Scholars, sign language interpreters, and language activists, working on any of the indigenous signed or spoken languages of Africa. Papers may be conceptual or empirical and should address the theme from various areas or study, but not limited to the following areas of focus:
- Child language acquisition in African languages (signed and spoken)
- Interpreting and translation in African languages
- Indigenous languages in Literacy in Africa
- Indigenous languages in Education in Africa
- Indigenous languages in politics in Africa
- Indigenous languages in religious discourse in Africa
- Indigenous languages in the Media in Africa
- Phonology/Morphology/Syntax of African languages
- Linguistic landscape in Africa

- Submission of 300-word abstracts: 31 October 2020 (For spoken languages, submit to: For signed languages, submit to:
- Feedback to contributors: 1 December 2020
- Registration: 1 January 2021

Registration Fees:
- Presenters from Nigeria – N10,000
- Presenters from foreign and other African countries - $25
- Free for all non-presenters

Well researched and peer reviewed papers will be published on open access online portal. Details of publication will be communicated to those whose presentations were selected after the conference.

Note: Signed language interpreting will be made available in conventional signed language generally used in Nigeria.

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