ACAL 2012: 43rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics

The 43rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) will be held March 15-17, 2012 at Tulane University, New Orleans. The theme of this year’s conference is 'Linguistic Interfaces in African Languages.

Paper Topics:

Priority consideration will be given to papers that specifically address the conference theme and then to papers addressing the following subfields or combinations thereof; however, related topics are also welcome.

  • Computational linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language acquisition (i.e., first, second, or additional language)
  • Language pedagogy
  • Lexicography
  • Morphology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Pidgin and Creole languages
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics (e.g., code-switching, language contact in Africa and in the African Diaspora, language endangerment, bi- or multi-lingualism, language in African literature, and language planning, spread, use, and variation)
  • Syntax
  • Tonology
  • Sign languages
  • Gestures

Submission Guidelines

We invite anonymous abstracts for 20-minute individual papers (additional time will be allowed for questions). All abstracts should be in English with glosses or translations for words or examples in any other language. Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 500 words. The 500-word abstract should be single-spaced and in a font no smaller than 11 pt. A separate page should accompany the abstract with name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, including e-mail address and abstract title.
Abstracts must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document. Abstracts containing special characters must be submitted in a PDF format, preferably as an e-mail attachment. Individuals who do not have regular access to e-mail may submit one copy of their abstract by regular mail on a compact disc. Faxes will not be accepted.

In the text of your email, please include the following information (we recommend you paste the following fields in the body of your email):

Title (e.g., Dr., Prof,. etc):
First name:
Last name:
Suffix (e.g., Jr., Sr. etc):
Title of presentation:
E-mail address to be included in the program:

Electronic Submissions

To submit abstracts electronically, please send your abstracts to

Postal Mail Submissions

To mail a compact disc containing your abstract, please use the following address:
ACAL 43 Organizing Committee
c/o Karen Wu
101 Dinwiddie Hall
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118


The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 15, 2011. Please be advised that late submissions may not be considered. Because of visa requirements, prospective international participants are urged to submit their abstracts at the earliest date possible.

Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by December 20, 2011.

Tulane University, ACAL 43 Org. Committee c/o Karen Wu, 101 Dinwiddie Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118