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Celebrating 50 years of African Languages and Linguistics in Leiden

Maarten Mous, Professor of African Linguistics at Leiden University, looks back on the 50th edition of the Colloquium of African Languages and Linguistics (CALL) and explains why this birthday was a celebration like no other.

It may not be the largest conference on the African linguistics agenda, but the Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL) is definitely one of the oldest. Leiden University has organised this annual event ever since 1971, usually welcoming about 70 participants each time to discuss a wide variety of topics on any African language. But this year was a little different.

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