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Bantu Languages: Analysis, Description And Theory

International conference, Gothenburg, Sweden October 4-6, 2007

With over 400 languages, the Bantu family provides a rich field for descriptive, comparative and theoretical linguistic studies. During this conference, we want to bring together researchers engaged in the study of Bantu languages from a descriptive and/or theoretical perspective.

The forthcoming conference addresses any aspect of the analysis and description of Bantu languages, such as phonology, morphology, syntax/semantics, pragmatics, historical, typological and textual studies. We particularly welcome papers combining theoretical analysis with the description of new or lesser known aspects of Bantu languages.

Keynote Speakers

  • Sonja Bosch (Pretoria)
  • Tom Güldemann (Leipzig/Berlin)
  • Bernd Heine (Cologne)
  • Ruth Mukama (Kampala)
  • Al Mtenje (Zomba)
  • Joyce Mathangwane (Gaborone)

Important Dates

  • May 15 (Tue) 2007 Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • Jun 30 (Sat) 2007 Notification of Acceptance
  • Oct 4-6 (Thu-Sat) 2007 Conference

Call for papers

Abstracts are invited for conference presentations, addressing any aspect of the analysis and description of Bantu languages, such as phonology, morphology, syntax/semantics, pragmatics, historical, typological and textual studies. We particularly welcome papers combining theoretical analysis with the description of new or lesser known aspects of Bantu languages.

Abstracts should be no longer than one page A4, including data and references, with 2.5 cm margins and 12 point font size. Time for presentations is 30 minutes including discussion.

  1. Abstracts may be submitted either: 1. Electronically in PDF-format through our submission server. In this case, the PDF should not contain any author names.
  2. As PDF, RTF, or MS Word email attachment to Karsten Legère [afrkl (AT) hum.gu.se] or Christina Thornell [Christina.Thornell (AT) african.gu. se]. In this case, please send two copies of your abstract. One should be anonymous, and one should include your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below the title.
  3. As hard copies to the address below. In this case, please send two copies of your abstract. One should be anonymous, and one should include your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below the title.


Abstract Submission: Bantu Conference 2007

University of Gothenburg - Göteborgs universitet
Humanisten/Afrikanska språk
Box 200
SE-405 30 GÖTEBORG
Sweden/Sverige
+46 (0)31 786-1979 (telephone)
+46 (0)31 786-5270 (fax)

In either case, abstracts must reach the organisers by Tuesday May 15, 2007. 

Please distribute among interested friends and colleagues
All welcome!

Conference Committee

  • Laura Downing (ZAS, Berlin)
  • Nancy Kula (SOAS, London)
  • Karsten Legère (Afr. språk, Göteborg)
  • Maarten Mous (LaCoA, Leiden)
  • Henry Muzale (FLL, Dar es Salaam)
  • Christina Thornell (Afr. språk, Göteborg)


Local Organisers: Karsten Legère, Tetz Rooke (Head of Dept., Or. and Afr. lang), Eva-Marie Ström, Christina Thornell, Lena Voigt.

Further Information and Contact

Contact for further information and questions:

Karsten Legère [afrkl (AT) hum.gu.se] or
Christina Thornell [Christina.Thornell (AT) african.gu.se]
University of Gothenburg - Göteborgs universitet
Humanisten/Afrikanska språk
Box 200
SE-405 30 GÖTEBORG
Sweden/Sverige
+46 (0)31 786-1979 (telephone)
+46 (0)31 786-5270 (fax)

Programme

This is the final version of the program!

Registration

Please fill in the registration form below, and return it to the conference organisers (see contact information above).

There will be a conference fee of SEK 500 (students 250) to be paid upon arrival (one Euro is approx. SEK 9,40).

Location & How to Get Here

The Department of Oriental and African Languages is located in central Gothenburg (Göteborg), a five-minute walk from Götaplatsen at the top of Park Avenue (Kungsportsavenyn, colloquially Avenyn). It is the only research institute in Sweden solely devoted to African languages, and has a focus on Bantu languages. The department belongs to Gothenburg University and its Humanisten building complex.

Gothenburg can be reached by air to Landvetter airport (most carriers) or Göteborg City Airport (Ryanair). Both are connected to the city by 30-minute bus rides. The closest bigger airports at Stockholm and Copenhagen are some five hours away by bus/train.

Gothenburg is also connected to northern Europe by a network of trains (run by SJ) and buses (Eurolines is the main budget carrier).

The conference will be held at the Humanisten building complex. From central station this is a straight 30-minute walk up Gothenburg's main street Park Avenue. Alternatively, you may take a local tram or bus (run by Västtrafik) to Korsvägen and walk 2 minutes up a hill from there. A tram from central station takes 5-10 minutes to Korsvägen and the airport bus from Landvetter airport makes a stop-over at Korsvägen. You will find Humanisten and the Department of Oriental and African Languages on navigatable maps (Humanisten) and the close-by Dept. of African Languages).

Accommodation

Conference participants are kindly asked to make their own arrangement for accommodation. There are many hotels and B&B’s in the area. A selection of nearby hotels can be found here. More information for visitors can be found through the Official Gothenburg City Homepage in Swedish or English

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