LINGUIST List 32.659

Mon Feb 22 2021

Calls: Afroasiatic; Khoisan; Niger-Congo; Nilo-Saharan; Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Lang Doc, Typology/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 20-Feb-2021
From: Lee Pratchett <>
Subject: 24. Afrikanist*innentag
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Full Title: 24. Afrikanist*innentag
Short Title: AFRA2021

Date: 01-Jul-2021 - 03-Jul-2021
Location: Online, Germany
Contact Person: Axel Fanego Palat
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Typology

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

Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2021

Meeting Description:

Der Afrikanist*innentag ist eine zweijährig stattfindende Tagung zu afrikanistischen Themengebieten, die abwechselnd an den deutschsprachigen universitären Abteilungen mit afrikanistischen Disziplinen ausgerichtet wird.

Afrikanist*innentag is a bi-annual conference on African languages and linguistics hosted on rotation by Germanophone universities. The Institute for African Studies, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, is delighted to announce that the 24. Afrikanist*innentag will take place from Thursday, 1 July to Saturday 3 July 2021. The conference will take place entirely online. NB. Submissions that were accepted for AFRA2020 are automatically accepted for the AFRA2021 programme.

Second Call for Papers:

This is the second Call for Papers for presentations for the general session, for each of the three panel sessions, as well as for poster presentations.

General session:
We warmly welcome researchers and PhD students working on any field of African languages and linguistics to submit abstracts for paper presentation to the general session. Presentations may cover but are by no means restricted to the following topics:
- Description of African languages (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics)
- African linguistics and linguistic typology
- Historical linguistics
- Language classification
- Comparative and areal linguistics
- Anthropological linguistics
- Cognitive linguistics
- Sociolinguistics
- Teaching African languages
- Literatures in African languages

Panel sessions:
We are excited to offer three panel sessions. The Call for Papers for each panel is provided on the conference website.

1) Commands, blessings and warnings: Grammatical and ethnolinguistic aspects of directives in African languages
Panel organisers: Ronny Meyer & Yvonne Treis (CNRS/INALCO, LLACAN)

2) Linguistic Biographies
Panel organisers: Andrea Hollington (Uni. zu Köln) & Nico Nassenstein (JGU Mainz)

3) The ‘African type(s)’ of pronominal honorification
Panel organiser: Lee Pratchett (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Poster session:
We would also like to invite MA students, PhD students and researchers to submit abstracts to present their research in the form of a poster.

Online Presentations: Suggested Format:
Presenters of papers and posters are requested to submit a pre-recorded presentation or screencast in advance of the conference. Our hope is to make presentations available slightly in advance of the conference to give conference participants the opportunity to view all presentations – no more missing out on the talks you want to hear due to speaker overlap! This will all be carried out in accordance with presenters’ consent and nothing will be made publicly available beyond the scope of the conference. Further details will be made available once the size of the conference becomes clearer.

Submission Guidelines:
Presentations should last for 20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion (max. 30 minutes total). The conference languages are German and English. Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) using the Easychair platform: You will be prompted by Easychair to create an account if you do not already have one in order to submit your abstract. In the submission form, please select if your presentation should be considered for the general session, one of the panel sessions, or the poster session.

Papers accepted for AFRA2020 are automatically accepted for AFRA2021. Presenters are requested to resubmit their abstract via Easychair, ticking the appropriate box in the submission form indicating that it is a resubmission. Alternatively, please send an email expressing your interest in participating:

Important dates:
Deadline for abstracts: 8 March 2021
Notification of acceptance will be made by 15 March 2021.
For further information please check our conference website or get in touch by email.

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