LINGUIST List 30.2617

Tue Jul 02 2019

Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 02-Jul-2019
From: Monika Reif <>
Subject: 39th International LAUD Symposium
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Full Title: 39th International LAUD Symposium
Short Title: LAUD 2020

Date: 03-Aug-2020 - 06-Aug-2020
Location: Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
Contact Person: Martin Pütz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2019

Meeting Description:

Conference topic: Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and
cultural conceptualisation

Scope and aims: This Symposium provides an interdisciplinary perspective on multilingual Africa as a linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural arena, as well as an analysis of specific linguistic regions in various parts of the African continent. Amongst other topics, the multilingual nature and linguistic diversity of African regions will be at the centre of discussion with a respective focus on languages in education and the issue of endangered languages. The Symposium will also demonstrate the relevance of the cultural conceptualisations encoded in language (e.g. New Englishes) to all aspects of human life in African society. The Symposium is concerned with the sociolinguistic and culture-specific situations in many parts of Africa and centres on the nature and manifestations of the impact of globalisation on African languages. The overall aim of the conference is to explore a wide range of linguistic and cultural phenomena and factors that influence African languages within the context of global change with far-reaching consequences to future generations throughout the African continent.

NB: The Symposium is not concerned with linguistic-systematic analyses of African languages per se, but rather with macro-sociolinguistic issues pertaining to African languages and globalisation.

2nd Call for Papers:

Conference Topic:
Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and cultural conceptualisation

We kindly invite you to submit abstracts related to one of the following three thematic sessions.

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

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

Theme session 3:
Cultural Linguistics and varieties of African Englishes

(For detailed descriptions of the three theme sessions, please see ''Session Information''.)


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 July 15, 2019.

- Abstracts should be submitted to both Martin Pütz ( and Frank Polzenhagen (

- 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 include:
Abstract LAUD 2020 – 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

- Please also state for which of the three theme sessions, as listed above, your contribution is intended.

- Notification of acceptance will be given by August 1, 2019.

Martin Pütz, Frank Polzenhagen, Monika Reif, Neele Mundt
(local conference organisers)

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