African Languages in a Global World: From Description to State Policies

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences. Mohammed V University in Rabat.
contact email: 



Faithful to its well-established tradition, WOCAL furthers its research concerns with the status of African languages in the modern world. The particular focus of WOCAL9 centers on the nature and manifestations of the impact of globalization on African languages. In the face of such a transformative globalization wave, societies are being radically deconstructed, giving birth to new societal forms and practices. Languages of course are no exception to this trend; they, in particular, are involved in the process both as objects to and agents of change. The main aim of the conference is to bring under in-depth scrutiny a wide range of linguistic and cultural phenomena and factors that influence African languages within the context of global change. Special emphasis will be given to the status of endangered languages.

Program Organization

The congress will be organized as plenary sessions for keynote addresses from invited speakers and thematic parallel sessions for presentations of papers. Poster sessions will also be scheduled during the conference days. We invite abstracts for presentations or posters on the following sub-themes:

  • African linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.)
  • Language contact and diversity
  • African languages in legislation and policies.
  • Amazigh studies
  • Arabic in the African continent: Language contact phenomena (Impact of Arabic on African languages; Arabic script, lexis, etc.)
  • Language and development
  • African languages and technology
  • African sociolinguistics (Language planning, policy/ policy implementation, linguistic landscaping, etc.)
  • Dialectology and isoglosses
  • African Languages in education
  • African languages and translation
  • African Sign Languages

Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research.

We also invite proposals for organizing special interest panels on related themes to be scheduled as parallel panel sessions; the following panel has already been planned and we invite paper proposals for it:

  • The Sociolinguistics of Globalization in Africa: Fluidity, Mobility, Agency

For more details on this panel and future suggestions, please visit the WOCAL9 webpage:

Submission procedures

Submissions are solicited for theme session presentations which should last for 20 minutes with 5-10 minutes for questions (maximum 30 minutes total), and they should be in line with the following guidelines: 

-          Fill out the Abstract Submission Form at:

-          Abstracts should be no more than 500 words andshould NOT include the authors’ names and should be submitted in English.

-          The bio should not exceed 100 words.


The deadline for abstracts submission:November30th, 2017

Notification of acceptance:December 31st, 2017

Conference: August 25rd – 28th, 2018

Arrival: No later than August 24nd, 2018

Departure: August 29th, 2018

Should you have queries, please send us an email

You can also find more details on the WOCAL9 webpage:

WOCAL 9 Conference Coordinators

Yamina EL Kirat<>,

Matthias Brenzinger<>

Felix K. Ameka<>

Adil AZHAR<>