Special Interest Panels

– Special Interest Panel: “Special Interest Panel on The Sociolinguistics of Globalization                                                               in  Africa: Fluidity, Mobility, Agency”   PDF                   
– Special Interest Panel: ” A Special Interests Panel on Khoisan Phonetics and Phonology “

Application deadline: December 8th, 2017          Application PDF   

Pre WOCAL Study Day – Issues in Amazigh (Applied) Linguistics: Description, Standardization and Implementation                                                                 in Public Life
Application deadline: December 8th, 2017         Application PDF
Pre WOCAL School Call Pre-WOCAL9 Training in Theory and Methods of Language Documentation  

Application deadline: December 15th, 2017        Application PDF

 Early Bird Registration: April 31st, 2018


Hotels & Accommodation:                                                                                             To accommodate conference participants, a number of hotels are listed in this PDF   from among which every participant should find a suitable option.

Call for Papers                         Download Call for Paper in PDF


African Languages in a Global World:

From Description to State Policies


Mohammed V University – Rabat, Morocco

Conference dates:

August 25th – 28th, 2018

Pre-conference study day

August 24th, 2018, Study day on the Amazigh and Arabic languages


A 10-day pre-WOCAL summer school on Documentary linguistics in Africa August 11th 20th2018 (Co-organized by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP, SOAS) More information and application procedures will be announced later.

Aim and Scope

Faithful to its well-established tradition, WOCAL furthers its research concerns with the status of African languages in the modern world. The particular focus of WOCAL9 centers on the nature and manifestations of the impact of globalization on African languages. In the face of such a transformative globalization wave, societies are being radically deconstructed, giving birth to new societal forms and practices. Languages of course are no exception to this trend; they, in particular, are involved in the process both as objects to and agents of change. The main aim of the conference is to bring under in-depth scrutiny a wide range of linguistic and cultural phenomena and factors that influence African languages within the context of global change.Special emphasis will be given to the status of endangered languages.

Program Organization

The congress will be organized as plenary sessions for keynote addresses from invited speakers and thematic parallel sessions for presentations of papers. Poster sessions will also be scheduled during the conference days. We invite abstracts for presentations or posters on the following sub-themes:

  • African linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.)
  • Language contact and diversity
  • African languages in legislation and policies.
  • Amazigh studies
  • Arabic in the African continent: Language contact phenomena (Impact of Arabic on African languages; Arabic script, lexis, etc.)
  • Language and development
  • African languages and technology
  • African sociolinguistics (Language planning, policy/ policy implementation, linguistic
  • landscaping, etc.)
  • Dialectology and isoglosses
  • African Languages in education
  • African languages and translation
  • African Sign Languages

Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research.

We also invite proposals for organizing special interest panels on related themes to be scheduled as parallel panel sessions; the following panel has already been planned and we invite paper proposals for it:

  • The Sociolinguistics of Globalization in Africa: Fluidity, Mobility, Agency

For more details on this panel and future suggestions, please visit the WOCAL9 webpage:

Submission procedures

Submissions are solicited for theme session presentations which should last for 20 minutes with 5-10 minutes for questions (maximum 30 minutes total), and they should be in line with the following guidelines:

  • Fill out the Abstract Submission Form at:
  • Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should NOT include the authors’ names and should be submitted in English.
  • The bio should not exceed 100 words.


Important dates

  • The deadline for abstracts submission: November 30th, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: December 31st, 2017
  • Conference: August 25th – 28th, 2018
  • Arrival: No later than August 24th, 2018
  • Departure: August 29th, 2018

Conference Fees (transfer info below)

  • Professors and senior researchers 160 $
  • Doctoral/Master students 80 $
  • Early birds: April 31st, 2018
  • Moroccan Professors and senior researchers 150 $
  • Moroccan Doctoral/Master students 70 $

Conference Language

The WOCAL9-Rabat congress language is English. Papers can be presented in English, Arabic or French; however,abstracts of all papers must be submitted in English.

Conference Venue

Mohammed V University – Rabat

Avenue Mohamed Ben Abdellah Erregragui, Rabat, Morocco

WOCAL 9 Conference Coordinators

Transfer Information

Outside Morocco De l’étranger من خارج المغرب
Bank Account Number :     001 810 007 800 020 110 710 237, 

الخزينة العامة للمملكة الوكالة البنكية المركزية الرباط

T.G.R Agence bancaire centrale de Rabat


مع توضيح أن المبلغ موجه لفائدة كلية الآداب والعلوم الانسانينة الرباط رقم الحساب


En précisant que le montant est destiné à la faculté des lettres de Rabat Compte n°


From Morocco
  • T.G.R Agence bancaire centrale de Rabat
  • Rabat Compte n° 310810100002470207090116