FINAL WALC-LAG SCHEDULE:
Click on the link above to download the programme of activities for the 2017 West African Languages Congress holding at the University of Education Winneba, Ghana between 3ist July to 5the August, 2017.
LANGUAGE AS AN INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT FACTOR WITHIN THE WEST AFRICAN REGION
West Africa is an economic sub-region with varied peoples who speak different languages belonging to three major African language families: Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic and Nilo-Saharan. As such, the region is as linguistically diverse as the people who inhabit it. Language is employed to perform different functions in the everyday life pursuits of its speakers. One of the major roles of language is the integration as well the development of its speech community.
While English and French are the two most officially used languages for administration, education, business etc in the West African sub-region, the indigenous West African languages are also an effective uniting force among its peoples. These extraneous and indigenous languages meet the social and economic demands of the sub-region. Mutual intelligence is ascertained when a people and peoples are able to understand one another even while employing different dialects. This usually results in peaceful integration that often results in economic interaction and development across isoglosses. With such a wide range of languages and dialects, it is sometimes challenging to adequately describe the complex features and functions underlying roles that these languages and dialects play in the day-to-day sustenance and development of the peoples of sub-region.
The theme of WALC/LAG 2017 has been carefully chosen to bring researchers and scholars together to deliberate on how the identification and description of these languages and dialects can bring about the functional integration and the economic development of the West African sub-region.
Ghana is located in the midst of French-speaking countries. Ghana’s location offers members of WALS (drawn from Central and West African countries who officially speak French and English) a strategic point for different nationalities to meet and deliberate on the linguistic, economic and political pursuits of the sub-region.
Within Ghana, the University of Education, Winneba has the sole mandate to train teachers in all academic programmes. It is strategically located to serve people and students from (particularly) Ghana as well as the West African sub-region and beyond.
One of the Colleges in the University of Education, Winneba is the College of Education with two Faculties comprising of four Departments. This is the only College with the sole responsibility of training language teachers in both foreign and indigenous languages. It is the uniqueness of this College and the University of Education, Winneba that makes Winneba a suitable Host for the 30th West African Languages Congress (WALC) as well as the 10th Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG) Conference.
The Council and Executive of the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) aa well as the Executive of the Linguistic Association of Ghana (LAG) are confident and proud to welcome you to this Linguistic academic feast in Winneba couched WALC/LAG 2017.