The Keynote Presentation "African Linguists and Social Responsibility" by Ayo Bamgbose (Emeritus Professor of Linguistics University of Ibadan) can now be downloaded here. It's in powerpoint. Also, the address by Prof. Adams Bodomo
from the University of Hong Kong/Vienna can now also be downloaded here. The title is "Grammatical Description And Language Revitalization In The Context Of Intangible Cultural Documentation". Also, the Plenary paper by Dr. Ron Schaefer of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can be downloaded here in Word format and here in PDF. (It is titled "On Symmetricality in Emai Serial Verb Constructions")
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE WALC2013 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
NEW!!! The official programme of events for WALC2013 is here in PDF and here in Word format.
For Bank Details to pay for your WALS or LAN registration, look on this page.
NOTE: The Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 30th July will now be held at Bodija, rather than in the University of Ibadan. Below is the full address:
Adequate arrangements are in place to take all participants to the two venues. Anyone who is unable to locate the place should come the the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan for direction.
We have available accommodation in the Alumni Centre on Campus. A room is from N3500 ($25) to N5500 ($35). There is another one at the teachers. house at Samonda near the Dominican Institute. A room there is between N4500 ($30) and N5500 ($35).
Theme: "Research, Documentation and Sustainability in the Development of West African Languages".
WEST AFRICAN LINGUISTIC SOCIETY 50TH ANNIVERSARY Joint Conference of the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) and the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN) Location: University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria Date: July 29 – August 2, 2013 (Download the full announcement here)
B'Urhun, B'Uyag on Vimeo, coming up at WALC2013.
"Nigeria is the biggest cassava producer in the world and it is the
women who traditionally process the cassava. This film is about rural
food production and follows Rachel Obanoun, Lydia Adekanye and Jola
Baale as they go about their weekly routine of making fufu, gaari, and
elubo and selling their produce in the village market.
The film is part of a larger project on the documentation of the Ikaan
language spoken in Ikakumo (Ondo State, Nigeria) and the culture of
the Ikakumo people. The project is led by Dr Sophie Salffner, a
linguist who has been working with the community since 2006. Maria
Tzika, a visual anthropologist, joined Dr Salffner in 2012 to observe
and document farming and food processing techniques in relation to
language, cultural beliefs and cultural structures."
Public Universities in Nigeria are on industrial action (strike) at the moment, but this will not affect the scheduling or activities of the conference.
If you wish to be met at the airport in Lagos on arrival, please send their travel itinerary to us at LOC@walc2013.com to enable us explore group pick up. This will reduce cost per individual considerably.
Security in Ibadan
Note that the University is located in South West Nigeria with no security challenges as are in the North. You will have nothing to worry about, but if you are arriving after 4pm, please plan on sleeping over in Lagos because of traffic snarl of the Lagos roads.
All the accepted abstracts have now been arranged and listed. Click here to download it in PDF, or here to download in Word version. Please look through to find if yours has been omitted. (We're hoping that this is not the case).
Photo Exhibition and Video show
The conference will feature an exhibition showcasing photographs and videos taken by participants of
the Ikakumo Photography School 2013 run by Asya Gefter and Sophie Salffner of the School of Oriental and African Studies.Click here to view the PDF of the announcement.
Pidgin English Panel
There will be a Pidgin English panel at the WALC conference where the following shall be discussed:
* How best to write Nigerian Pidgin
* Formally constituting a committee for the promotion of Nigerian Pidgin
* Examining the use of pidgin in various media
* Reintroduction of pidgin and creoles in university curricula
* There will be readings of poems and short stories
There will also be a chance to add to the dialogue in order to start a lasting conversation on Pidgin English use in Nigeria. Those who should attend: all interested individuals most especially the hosts of pidgin programs in the media. Materials will be uploaded in due course which will form the basis of discussions. To book attendance, send an email to the secretary of the LOC at email@example.com, with the subject: 'INTERESTED IN PIDGIN PANEL'
NEW HOTEL ACCOMODATION!
Please note that a new PG hall in UI Campus will be available for participants. It is very affordable and is near campus. It is called theAdebayo Akande Hall. Interested participants can book online where the rates are listed. More information about the UI Hotels is here.