Academic journal article Studies in African Linguistics

2nd Department of African Language and Literature International Conference

Academic journal article Studies in African Linguistics

2nd Department of African Language and Literature International Conference

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Gaborone, Botswana

Contact Person: Pearl Seloma,

Call for papers deadline: 30-Apr-2012

Conference Theme: African Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Development

This is an international and interdisciplinary conference which will grant scholars and practitioners an opportunity to debate on how African languages, literatures and cultures can contribute meaningfully to development, locally, regionally and/or internationally.

Registration: Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of P1000 or US$150. Students will pay P150 or US$20.

The conference welcomes papers on the following sub-themes and/or any other relevant topics in the areas of language, literature and culture:


- African languages as tools of socio-economic development

- Language contact, domination, maintenance and shift

- Linguistic landscapes

- Language technology

- Sign language in Africa

- Linguistic description and documentation

- Language policy and planning

- Language proficiency in indigenous languages

- Language, education and literacy

- Language use, communication and the media

- Indigenous languages and gender issues

- Translation, interpretation and lexicography


- African literatures and cultures as tools of socio-economic development

- Culture, folkloric formations and spaces

- Globalization, gender and power relations

- Literary theory and African philosophy

- Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)

- Literature, creativity and innovation

- Oral culture and Education

- Ideologies, beliefs and ethics

- Theatre, performance and the arts

- Intangible heritage and entrepreneurship

- Popular culture

General Sub-themes:

- Inter-cultural communication, discourse and language use

- Unity in linguistic and cultural diversity

- Linguistic and literary research

- Public speaking and development

Submission of Abstracts: Abstracts, of not more than 300 words, should be emailed, not later than 30 April 2012, to and Abstracts received after the aforementioned date will not be considered. Notices of acceptance will be sent out before 15 May 2012.

For further details please contact:

1) Dr. P. S. Seloma: Telephone: +267-355-2657; Email:

2) Prof H.M. Batibo: Telephone: +267-355-2638; Email:

Niger-Congo International Congress (2nd call)

Towards Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction

LLACAN, Paris, 18-21 September 2012

Contact Person: Valentin Vydrin

Web Site:

The Niger-Congo International Congress (NigerCongress) is gathering scholars in comparative linguistic studies of the largest African language macrofamily. Issues of comparative analysis, reconstruction, language convergence and history will be discussed during three days of sessions in the Center for African Linguistics, Languages and Cultures (LLACAN) in Paris.

2nd Call for Papers: We invite all colleagues working in the field of Niger-Congo comparative and historical linguistics to submit topics and abstracts for their presentations at the Congress.

The aim of the Congress is to forward the reconstruction of the proto-languages of the Niger-Congo constituent families and, eventually, of the Proto-Niger-Congo language. Data-based communications suggesting proto-language reconstructions (phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactical, semantic, etc.) of various chronological levels or concrete steps toward such reconstructions are especially welcome. …

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