LINGUIST List 31.371

Mon Jan 27 2020

Calls: Afroasiatic;Khoisan;Niger-Congo;Nilo-Saharan; Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Italy

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Jan-2020
From: Gian Claudio Batic <>
Subject: 4th Symposium on West African Languages
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Full Title: 4th Symposium on West African Languages
Short Title: SyWAL2020

Date: 23-Sep-2020 - 25-Sep-2020
Location: Naples, Italy
Contact Person: Gian Claudio Batic
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonology; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic; Khoisan; Niger-Congo; Nilo-Saharan

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2020

Meeting Description:

The Symposium on West African Languages (SyWAL) is a biennial international conference meant to serve as a forum to discuss all aspects of studies on African languages spoken in West Africa and West African languages used elsewhere.

The first edition of the Symposium (SyWAL2014) was hosted in Naples by Dipartimento di Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, the second edition (SyWAL2016) was held at the Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien, and the the third edition (SyWAL2018) was organized in Poland by Katedra Języków i Kultur Afryki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. The 4th Symposium on West African Languages (SyWAL2020) will take place at the Dipartimento di Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September 2020. The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘Uniformity, Variability, Diversity’.

Call for Papers:

We invite paper proposals related (but not limited) to the following research areas: language description, language documentation, typology and comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics, contact phenomena, cultural linguistics, computational linguistics, gestures and sign languages, discursive variants, language registers, and orature/literature studies. Although proposals that resonate with the SyWAL2020 theme ‘Uniformity, Variability, Diversity’ will be especially welcome, proposals may be on any topic relevant to the Symposium.

Participants are encouraged – but not required – to present papers related to the topics of the following panels (visit the conference website to access the full description of the panels):

# 1 – Structural properties and cultural values of phraseologisms in West African languages
# 2 – Gender in West African languages
# 3 – Uniformity, variability and diversity in the syntax of serial verb constructions
# 4 – Exploring the logophoric continuum

Abstract submission:
We invite abstract submissions of full paper proposals (20 minutes + 10-minute discussion). Abstracts must be anonymous, are submitted in English, and their length should not exceed 400 words (excluding references). Abstracts will contain the following data: 1) title of the paper, 2) body of the abstract, and 3) 5 keywords. If you are submitting to a specific panel, indicate the name of the panel after the title. Please use 12 pt Times New Roman font (UNICODE), single line spacing and set margins to 2.5 cm (left, right, top, bottom).
Abstract should be submitted by 15 April 2020 in doc(x) format using the EasyAbs system at:

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

Conference website:


Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submissions: 15th of April, 2020
Notification of acceptance: 31st of May, 2020

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