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The 20th International Congress of Linguists is to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between from 2 – 6 July 2018. The hosts are CIPL (Comité International Permanent des Linguistes), the LSSA (Linguistics Society of Southern Africa) and UCT (the University of Cape Town).

The theme for 2018, The Dynamics of Language is meant to connect with the major ways of studying the phenomenon of language, while being responsive to the diversity of contexts of its use in the early 21st century.

The Congress is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics and will run over five days with a plenary panel on linguistics in South Africa, nine plenary speakers covering a range of major sub-fields, 10 paper sessions each with its own focus speaker, up to 30 workshops, and several poster sessions.

While speakers and topics are drawn from a wide international pool, ICL 20 will take the additional opportunity of showcasing African language research. It will also cover applied linguistic areas of research of vital importance to the African continent and the 21st century at large, with a special extended session on Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development.

The local organising committee is inviting all interested organisations to contact the secretariat to discuss sponsor and exhibition opportunities.


Sponsor a Student

Your support is needed for young African students and scholars.
ICL20 will cover topics relating to language, such as multilingualism, African languages, Sign languages etc. This is the first time the congress will be held in Africa…. the ideal opportunity for African scholars (Phd Students and post-docs) to attend the congress. However due to financial constraints, it is difficult for most African scholars to cover all the costs of attending an international congress. Travelling within Africa is expensive and we need financial assistance to get as many as possible African students to attend the congress.
There will be a strict vetting process and applications for grants will close at the end of January 2018. The LOC will then select worthy candidates based on the funding available.

The following options to sponsor an African student are available. You can select any of these or all 3:
• Register fee including the congress dinner (R5 000)
• Accommodation (6 nights at R1800 per night = R10 800)
• Flight (Estimate of R15 000)

Download the Sponsorship Prospectus

Download the Application Form 

For more information please contact:
Charne Millett-Clay
Tel:+27 (0)11 463 5085



Confirmed Sponsors

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Student Fellowship Sponsor



Languages is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed open access journal on interdisciplinary studies of languages. We welcome contributions within any theoretical, experimental or applied approach.

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Student Fellowship Sponsor


Francis and Taylor

Taylor & Francis publishes leading African and African Studies journals, disseminating and showcasing African research in the global arena. With a wide range of journals from the arts to zoology, economics to the environment, mathematics to music, Taylor & Francis Africa endeavours to actively support and advance African scholarship through our local partnerships, global networks approach.



Programme Book Sponsor


National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences


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Workshop on Endangered Languages Sponsors



Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases.



Brochure Distribution & Best Paper Award



The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as part of the new South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).


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Young Linguists reward Sponsor


De Gruyter Mouton

We publish an internationally-renowned range of research series and journals and are particularly known for our authoritative reference works: handbooks, dictionaries, atlases, and databases.


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Delegate Sponsorship


The Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal

The Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (or Dutch Language Institute) is the place for anyone who wants to know anything about the Dutch language through the centuries. It is a scholarly but at the same time easily accessible institute that studies all aspects of the Dutch language, including its vocabulary, grammar and linguistic variations.


Via Afrika Strapline

Brochure Distribution

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