13 Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium 2017

                    Conference Description

The Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium is an international forum established by leading academics in the field of Nilo-Saharan studies, which covers a large geographical area – from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania in the east to Mali, Niger and Nigeria in the west. The forum was established some three decades ago in order to discuss, debate and disseminate developments in the field on a regular basis. Since its inceptions in the 1986 the gathering had conducted 12 colloquia in the various parts of the world and the last one (the 12th Nilo-Saharan Colloquium) was hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Languages of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2015. Over the years, Nilo-Saharan studies has become one of the most vibrant and innovative fields in African linguistics. It is the close collaboration of linguists of the various universities in Africa, North America, Europe and Asia that made it an exciting, diversified and highly productive field of study. At the end of the 12th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium, the Department of Linguistics of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for the first time, has been given the mandate to host the 13th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium in May 2017.

Papers dealing with any aspect of Nilo-Saharan linguistics – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse and pragmatics, sociolinguistics as well as historical comparative issues -are most welcome.

First Call for Papers – March 2016

13th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium 2017

Addis Ababa University

Dear Colleagues,

Warm greetings from Addis Ababa! As you may well know, during the 12th Nilo-Saharan Colloquium held in Nairobi, in September 2015, the Department of Linguistics of Addis Ababa University has been given the mandate to host the 13th Nilo-Saharan Colloquium. The Department of Linguistics has the pleasure to invite you all to the 13th Nilo-Saharan Colloquium to be held during the first week of May 2017 at the University of Addis Ababa.

This is the first call for papers. Suggestions for workshops and/or panels will also be highly appreciated. The organizing committee intends to raise funds for those participants who may not be able to cover their travel costs.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract: June 30th 2016

Confirmation for acceptance of abstract: End of September 2016

Abstract should contain your name and affiliation written on a separate sheet. The abstract should have the title of the paper, it should not exceed 500 words excluding references, and should be sent in PDF and word document either to <> or <> or <>.

For comments and enquiries please contact Moges Yigezu <>. Please pass the information on to other colleagues who may be interested in the colloquium, but not in our mailing list.

Please check details relating to panels here

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Addis Ababa!!

The organizing committee,

Moges Yigezu, Girma Mengistu, Gerald Heusing, Abebayehu Messele, Derib Ado