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WELCOME TO THE WEST AFRICAN LINGUISTIC SOCIETY (WALS)

a non-profitable association of academics, research workers, field workers and teachers drawn from the West African sub-region

Phonetics

Phonology

Morphology

Syntax

Semantics

Pragmatics

About the West African Linguistics Society

The West African Linguistic Society (WALS) was formed in 1965. It is a non-profitable association of academics, research workers, field workers and teachers drawn from the West African sub-region who are committed to the study of the languages of West Africa.

Activities

The activities of the Society shall be governed by a Council, to be elected to serve for two congresses. Elections to Council will therefore be held at every other Congress. The Council shall consist of a President, a Secretary-Treasurer and seven other members.

Membership

Membership in the Council shall be on an individual basis. In no case shall more than two Council membership come from the same university or institution of learning or research or more than three from the same country.

Bidding

The West African sub region from where WALS draws most it her members is bilingual. The tradition of the Society has been to alternate hosting rights between Anglophone and Francophone countries.

Announcement of Host

After consultations with the President and Members of Council, the Secretary-Treasurer writes a formal Letter in response to the Letter of Commitment to Host from the head of the institution of the successful bidder.

Services
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WINNEBA 2017 WALC

At the Business Meeting of the Calavi 2015 WALC, the University of Benin-Nigeria and the University of Education Winneba (UEW) in Ghana bade to host 2017 WALC. After due consideration, the bid went to the University of Education Winneba. I am glad to inform all members of WALS that the Secretariat is now in possession of the Letter of Commitment to Host the 2017 WALC from the Vice Chancellor UEW. I can now confirm to all members of the WALS that our biannual academic feast will be hosted by the UEW in Ghana. I promise to keep all members of WALS posted as we prepare for the Winneba 2017 WALC.

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THE AFRICAN LINGUISTICS SCHOOL (ALS) 2016

The next ALS will be held July 18th-July 29th 2016, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The African Linguistics School (ALS) is a two-week institute which brings the latest work in core areas of linguistics to students from African universities. The areas of focus are syntax, semantics, phonology, sociolinguistics and phonetic fieldwork….