Language: Synergies and Intersections - 24 - 27 June 2014

Wits University Great Hall

The 2014 conference focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics in the field of language competence and use. This meeting aims to showcase the current diversity of the field of linguis­tics and the blurring of the boundaries between linguistics and other domains of study concerned with the structure, function and value of language.

Extension for Abstract Submissions
Please note that, due to numerous requests, the deadline for abstract submissions for LSSA/SAALA/SAALT has been extended to Friday, 29 March, 2014. 

The conference welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions that explore the principles that underlie language, as well as the anthropological, cultural, social and psychological issues that underpin language use.


Senate House, Braamfontein Campus

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Heather Brookes (University of Cape Town) 
Dr Nancy Kula (University of Essex) 
Prof. Lutz Marten (SOAS, London) 
Prof. Christopher Stroud (University of the Western Cape) 


 We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words. Abstracts must report previously unpublished work. Three kinds of presentations are available:

  • Paper presentations: Paper presentations will be 25 minutes (20 minutes for talk time and 5 minutes for discussion).
  • Thematic Panels: Papers that address a common theme may be submitted as a Thematic Panel. Panels should consist of at least four talks, which must be submitted individually as Paper Presentations. Each individual abstract should indicate the name of the proposed Thematic Panel.
  • Poster presentation: Poster presentations are an opportunity for more extended interaction. Posters will be displayed during poster sessions, with ample opportunity for discussion.


 We also invite proposals for pre-conference workshops which will be held on the 24th June 2014. Workshop proposals should be emailed to, by the 15th March 2014. 

Important dates

Abstract submission opens: 2 January 2014 
Abstract submission closes: 29 March 2014 (*extended from 22 March 2014)

Acceptance notification: 30 April 2014 
Early registration: 9 - 23 May 2014
Normal registration: 24 May - 13 June 2014
Late registration: 14 - 21 June 2014

Organising committee

Convenor – Dr Ramona Kunene Nicolas; Prof Tommaso Milani; Dr Maxwell Kadenge; Dr Andrew Van Der Spuy

Online Abstract Submission

Conference Information Page


Conference Convenor