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World Conference of African Linguistics 10

Monday 7 June 2021 - Saturday 12 June 2021
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL) is the only international and pan-theoretical conference in the field of African Linguistics of its kind, placing strong emphasis on the participation of African scholars. First held in 1994 in Kwaluseni, Swaziland, it is hosted at a different university every 3 years. 

The 10th WOCAL will be hosted by Leiden University from 7 - 12 June, 2021 in the Netherlands. The conference theme is African languages for sustainable societies and knowledge creation. 

Submission deadlines 

  • July 30th, 2020 for workshop proposals
  • November 30th, 2020 for individual papers


The programme will include workshops and presentations of individual papers. For more information on the workshops listed below, please visit the WOCAL website.

Centering pragmatic phenomena on the margins in African languages
Decomposing tones in African languages
Metaphor in youth language
The causal-noncausal alternation in African languages
The impact of non-Bantu languages on Bantu language variation
African Sign Languages
Associated motion in African languages
Let’s turn to policy
Bantu universals and variation

In the week prior to WOCAL, a satellite workshop “Technologies and documentation of African languages: creating synergies” will be hosted by the Lorentz Center.

For more information on the programme, content of the workshops, and to submit abstracts, please visit

WOCAL website
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