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Conference | Colloquium

Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL)

Monday 29 August 2016 - Wednesday 31 August 2016
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden
Room 2 and 4

From Monday 29 August up to and including Wednesday 31 August, LUCL will organize the 46th edition of the Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL). 

Preliminary programme

Registration will take place on Monday morning between 8am and 9am at Matthias de Vrieshof 2. Please find the programme here


The registration fee will be 20 euro (10 euro for (PhD-)students), to be paid on the first day of the colloquium. On Monday evening a dinner will be organized (extra costs 25 euro) at the Grote Beer (Rembrandtstraat 27). If you would like to attend the dinner, please let us know well ahead.

In case you need an official letter of acceptance of your participation, please let us know. If you need a visa to enter the Netherlands, make sure to start procedures well ahead of time.
Unfortunately it is not possible to provide financial assistance.


If you would like to contact the local organizers, please send an e-mail to: call@hum.leidenuniv.nl.


We suggest you try to book your own accommodation. You can find a list of suitable addresses attached.

Leiden extra CALL workshop on Wednesday afternoon 31 August 2016

Methodology and Analysis of Intonation in African Languages

Laura Downing and Annie Rialland

The workshop adresses issues such as:

  • How does one separate tone and intonation?
  • How does one disentangle different types of downtrends?
  • What kinds of issues should one have in mind when investigating intonation: i.e., phrasing?
  • The effect of focus?
  • The representation of register?

Presentations of 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion.

On Thursday 1 September a workshop will be organized on

Phonetics and Phonology of Somali with an Emphasis on Tone and Intonation

This workshop is linked to a project on Somali prosody in a  typological perspective at Gothenburg university.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss Somali prosodic issues such as tone and intonation and its correlates with information structure, but also vowel harmony and phrasing. Some of the issues to discuss:

  • How does one decide what tonal accents are lexically specified and which are grammatically predictable?
  • How does one separate tone and intonation?
  • What do we know about how phrasing and focus affect tonal accent and/or intonation in Somali?
  • How do other prosodies align with the domain of tonal accent realization?

Presentations of 25 minutes with 20 minutes discussion.

The programme of the workshop on Somali Tone and Intonation can be found here.

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