CfP: Workshop on African sign languages, Leiden, Netherlands, June 7-12, 2021



Call for Papers:
5th Workshop on African Sign Languages at WOCAL10 •

Leiden University will host the 10th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL10) on June 7-12, 2021. This conference will feature the 5th consecutive workshop at WOCAL dedicated to research on African sign languages and African signing communities. Presentations and posters will be included on topics that include, but are not limited to:

• descriptions of African sign languages in any linguistic domain
(phonology, phonetics, prosody, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, discourse)
• documentation, preservation, and archiving of African sign languages
• comparison of African sign languages with other languages within and outside Africa
• sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages in Africa
• first and second language acquisition of African sign languages
• gestural repertoires in Africa
• ethnographies of African deaf communities
• cultural practices of deaf African individuals and communities
• sign language and deaf education in Africa
• language policy in African countries as it pertains to sign languages and deaf communities

Submission information:
Submit abstracts through the main conference portal on EasyChair. See WOCAL CfP here: Abstracts may be written (English, French) or signed (International Sign, ASL, LSF). For instructions on how to submit a signed abstract, see here:

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2020

Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2021

For questions, contact

Workshop committee:
Evans Burichani, chair
Yédê Adama Sanogo, vice chair
Hope Morgan, secretary
Victoria Nyst, local committee liaison
Yves Beosso, PR, member-at-large

Local workshop team (Leiden):
Victoria Nyst
Hope Morgan
Timothy Mac-Hadjah
Mariana Martins
Marta Morgado
Anique Schüller

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