LINGUIST List 32.1986

Tue Jun 08 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Disc Analys, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 08-Jun-2021
From: Monika Reif <>
Subject: LAUD 2022 - Multilingualism in Africa
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Full Title: LAUD 2022 - Multilingualism in Africa
Short Title: LAUD 2022

Date: 08-Aug-2022 - 12-Aug-2022
Location: Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
Contact Person: Monika Reif
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2021

Meeting Description:

The 39th International LAUD Symposium “Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and cultural conceptualisation”, originally scheduled for August 2020, had to be postponed because of Corona-virus concerns. It will be held August 8 - 12, 2022, at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Landau campus), Germany.

Call for Papers:

Submissions are solicited for theme session presentations which should last for 20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion (maximum 30 minutes total).

All submissions for presentations should be in line with the following abstract guidelines:
- The deadline for abstracts is June 30, 2021
- Abstracts should be submitted to
- Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding references and title) and should not include the authors’ names.
- The subject header of the submission email should read as follows: Abstract LAUD 2022 – name/s of author/s
- Please provide the following information in the main body of your email:
name/s of author/s, affiliation/s, email address/es, presentation title, intended theme session

Notification of acceptance will be given by July 15, 2021.

Theme Sessions:

Theme Session 1: Multilingualism, translanguaging and language contact in Africa

Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:
- multilingualism, translanguaging and polyglossia in urban and rural Africa
- effects of the spread of English from colonialism to the “New World Order”
- language policy/planning, ideologies and attitudes
- linguistic landscapes in urban African spaces
- the sociolinguistics of the city
- African languages in legislation and policies
- language contact and diversity: codeswitching, codemixing, borrowing
- languages of wider communication
- African sign languages

Theme session 2: Language endangerment and language-in-education policies in Africa

Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:
- early developments: colonial language-in-education policies
- linguistic implications of colonisation and decolonisation
- language, ecology and environment (ecolinguistics)
- linguistic diversity and endangerment: case studies
- Eurocentrism vs. perspectives from within Africa
- modernity and the globalisation of English/French: the fate of African languages
- language policy, inequity and linguistic human rights
- critique of the endangered-languages movement: the cost and benefit approach to language loss
- the empowerment of African languages
- feminist language planning: women and voice in Africa
- attitudes, beliefs and ethnic identity
- documentary linguistics
- the place and role of African languages in education (health, economy, governance, technology, and law)
- the mother tongue-based education debate
- media, information technology and language planning

Theme session 3: Cultural Linguistics and varieties of African Englishes

Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:
- anthropological linguistics and cognitive linguistics
- language and conceptualisation: the African community model
- the debate of post-colonial English: cultural models of global languages
- rationalist and romantic conceptions of language
- African cultural conceptualisations and linguistic expressions
- cultural linguistics and religion in Africa
- cultural conceptualisations in African Englishes
- cultural linguistics and intercultural communication
- cultural linguistics and linguistic relativity
- multimodality of expression of emotions in African languages
- embodied conceptualisation of e.g. 'feeling' as compared to the Western notion of 'emotion'
- embodied cultural metaphors
- the creation of electronic dictionaries in lexicography, computational linguistics and intercultural communication

Theme Session 4: Covid-19 discourses in Africa

- The representation of the pandemic in the African media
- Linguistic aspects of Corona-related health-care campaigns in Africa
- The representation of Corona in linguistic landscapes in Africa (bottom-up and top-down signs)
- Linguistic manifestations of culture-specific conceptualisations of illness and diseases in Africa, with Corona as an immediate example

Please see our website for a full description of each theme session:

The Symposium will be organised as plenary sessions for keynote addresses from invited speakers and thematic parallel sessions for presentations of papers.

Conference fees:
Regular participants: EUR 90; PhD students & guests: EUR 45

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