13 March 2017

WOCAL9 Conference: African Languages in a Global World


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 a mixed sequence of plenary sessions allowing for keynote addresses from invited speakers, as well as thematic parallel sessions for presentations of papers. Poster sessions will also be scheduled during the conference days.
The following sessions are envisaged: 
Proposed sub-themes:
  • African linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.)
  • Language contact and diversity
  • African languages in legislation and policies.
  • Amazigh studies
  • Arabic on 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 language policy/ policy implementation …)
  • Dialectology and isoglosses
  • African Languages in education
  • African languages and translation
  • African Sign Languages

There is usually a focus on a certain endangered language in every conference. Amazigh and other endangered sub-Saharan languages are going to be the focus of this conference. 

Conference time/dates:

Conference dates:     August 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2018

Pre-conference day: August 22nd, 2018, Study day on the Amazigh and Arabic languages

Pre-WOCAL:  Endangered Languages Documentation Project

A 10-day pre-WOCAL school: on Documentary linguistics in Africa: August 11th– 20th, 2018

Submission deadlines: 

Abstract: September 30th, 2017 

Notification of acceptance: December 31st, 2017
Conference fees:    Professors and senior researchers 160 $
                                  Doctoral students 80 $
Early birds: April 31st, 2018                       
                               Professors and senior researchers 150 $
                               Doctoral/Master students 70 $

Congress LanguageThe Rabat WOCAL9 congress language is English. Papers can be presented in Arabic or French; however, abstracts of all papers must be submitted in English. 


Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences. Mohammed V University in Rabat

Plenary speakers: To be determined

Partner: Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)