LINGUIST List 32.2171

Thu Jun 24 2021

Confs: Nilo-Saharan; Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Genetic Class, Lang Doc/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Jun-2021
From: Mirella Blum <>
Subject: 15th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium
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15th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium

Date: 04-Aug-2021 - 06-Aug-2021
Location: Nairobi (Online), Kenya
Contact: Bert Remijsen
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Language Documentation

Language Family(ies): Nilo-Saharan

Meeting Description:

Over several decades, the Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium has become established as a valuable forum for the dissemination and discussion of research findings among linguists investigating the languages that belong to the Nilo-Saharan language family, which stretches from Algeria to Tanzania.

Due to potential impact from COVID-19, the 15th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium will now take place online, from Wednesday to Friday, 4-6 August 2021.

The conference is organised by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, with the support of an international scientific committee (see below). We invite contributions relating to all aspects of the study of Nilo-Saharan languages, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, documentation, acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and language variation. The conference aims to promote the participation of African scholars in linguistics. To this end, internet hubs will be organized in five East African capitals: Nairobi (Kenya), Entebbe (Uganda), Juba (South Sudan), Khartoum (Sudan), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to ensure online access.

The special theme of the conference is applied linguistics, which covers topics such as orthography development, the representation of tone and other suprasegmentals in orthography, tone teaching, phonology- vs. morphology-based orthographic conventions, linguistic and sociolinguistic challenges of orthography and literacy development, orthographic assumptions behind reading instructional method, the production of literacy materials, literacy in primary school education, etc. Three specialists in the field of applied linguistics are participating as invited speakers: Constance Kutsch Lojenga (Leiden University and SIL International), Barbara Trudell (SIL International), and Dorcas Wepukhulu (African Storybook).

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