About the conference

Call for papers for the International Congress LLACAN, Paris, 19-21 September 2012 (dates to be confirmed), on the theme Towards Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction
It has been long since the latest international gathering on general Niger-Congo comparative linguistics took place. Considerable advance has been achieved in the field since then, and therefore it is high time for the scholars to gather for the new international event.
The topics for discussion will cover both the general Niger-Congo issues and those analysing the specific families within it, to include:
1. Genetic classification of Niger-Congo and its sub-families: evidence and hypotheses.
2. Proto-language phonological system reconstruction.
3. Morphological reconstruction.
4. Lexical correspondences and the proto-language lexicon.
5. Historical and prehistoric migrations and language convergence in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The meetings will be held for three full days. Speakers will be allowed 30 minutes for presentation of their reports, including 10 minutes of the Q&A session.
The event will be followed in 2013 by the publication of a fundamental 2-volumed compendium on the Niger-Congo historical comparison and reconstruction summarising the latest achievements in the field and the topics of the Congress. An ultimate objective will be to issue the first ever draft reconstruction of Proto-Niger-Congo and its sub-family proto-languages, to replace [Greenberg 1963] as the main reference in the discipline.
The Proceedings of the Congress will also be published following the event.
Organising Committee
Kirill Babaev
Gerrit Dimmendaal
Jean-Marie Hombert
Larry Hyman
Derek Nurse
Gérard Philippson
Konstantin Pozdniakov Guillaume Segerer
Anne Storch
Viktor Vinogradov
Valentin Vydrin

How to apply

Financial support will be provided for speakers only.
Participants may register for participation before 31 December, 2010 by sending an email at or at the Congress’ website: http://www.nigercongo.com. A separate call for papers will be announced by the end of 2010.

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