LINGUIST List 32.1058

Tue Mar 23 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Gen Ling/Kenya

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 03-Mar-2021
Subject: Enhancing Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research on Languages in Eastern Africa
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Full Title: Enhancing Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research on Languages in Eastern Africa
Short Title: LAEA 2

Date: 12-Aug-2021 - 13-Aug-2021
Location: Eldoret, Kenya
Contact Person: Justine SIKUKU
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2021

Meeting Description:

Research on most languages in Eastern Africa has been minimal, yet these languages are key in understanding Africa and possibly addressing some of the complex issues facing not only the Eastern region but also the whole continent. Sadly, some of these languages face extinction because they are only spoken by a generation that is already advanced in age. According to Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1901-1991), a Malian, ‘In Africa, when an old man dies, a library burns down.” ( However, this problem cannot be left to linguists and language researchers alone. It requires concerted effort with researchers in all fields interested in language, in a multi pronged approach of collaboration and interdisciplinarity. The purpose of this conference is therefore to contribute in addressing the current problem by building research capacity in Eastern Africa through strengthening collaborative and interdisciplinary research on languages in Eastern Africa among linguists, graduate students, language activists, language educators and persons from all disciplines interested in the importance of language. This will be done through presentations on existing and proposed collaborative and interdisciplinary researches in different parts of the world. The conference provides an opportunity to participants to develop and enhance their skills in language and collaborative/interdisciplinary research. This conference will hopefully encourage more collaborative and interdisciplinary research not only in the region but also across the continent and the world.

Call for Papers:

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

1. Enhancing language and linguistic collaborative and interdisciplinary research. This will focus on the following:
a) Proposed projects on any aspect of language and linguistics which target groups of language researchers or interdisciplinary researchers on languages spoken in Eastern Africa.
b) Papers on any language/linguistic topic that show collaboration among language researchers or interdisciplinary studies on any language spoken in Eastern Africa.

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 Eastern Africa. The topics may include:
i) The core areas of modern theoretical linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and discourse analysis.
ii) Aspects of language endangerment, documentation and revitalization.
iii) Linguistic or interdisciplinary research on less known and less studied languages.
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, German, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean in the region; iv) Sign language in Eastern Africa;
v) Media and communication; and
vi) COVID-19 and language.

Abstracts should be written in English. The submission deadline for all abstracts is March 31, 2021 and decisions on acceptance will be made no later than April 27, 2021. 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 abstracts via our website,

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