WELCOME TO THE WEST AFRICAN LINGUISTIC SOCIETY (WALS), a non-profitable association of academics, research workers, field workers and teachers drawn primarily from the West African sub-region with interests in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.