Workshop on the Typology of African Languages

The following announcement appeared on the Linguist List this week:

The Seventh International Conference of the Association of Linguistic Typology (ALT VII) will take place in Paris from the 24th to the 28th of September 2007. It will be organized by the “Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques” of the CNRS. The local organizing comittee includes Stéphane Robert, Isabelle Bril, Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest and Martine Vanhove.

On Monday, September 24, there will be a Workshop on the typology of African Languages organized by Guillaume Segerer and Bernard Caron. African languages show a great typological diversity as well as specific features that cross genetic boundaries and contrast with other languages of the world. Four sessions will be dedicated to papers on the following topics, with a State-of-the-Art paper followed by a case study for each of them. The four topics are

(i) Information structure and prosody. Invited Speaker : Laura Downing
(ii) A typology of linguistic change. Invited Speaker : Konstantin Pozdniakov
(iii) Linguistic typology and genealogy. Invited Speaker : Zygmunt Frajzyngier
(iv) Areal typology in Africa. Invited Speaker : Tom Güldemann

Anyone wishing to present a paper is invited to send an abstract (max 400 words) to the address below. Abstracts sent by e-mail should be included in the message (i.e. not appended as an attachment). The scientific committtee is composed of the Invited Speakers and the Organizers.

Deadline for submission : March 15th, 2007
Notification of acceptance : mid April, 2007

The Proceedings of the workshop will be published.

Address for workshop abstracts:

Guillaume Segerer
Workshop on African Languages
7, rue Guy Moquet
94801 Villejuif Cedex

fax: ++33 1 49 58 38 00

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