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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.


Confirmed Exhibitors

Cambridge University Press


Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press dates from 1534 and is part of the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to unlock people's potential with the best learning and research solutions by combining state-of-the-art content with the highest standards of scholarship, writing and production. Visit our stand for 20% off all titles on display.


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Taylor & Francis

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.




SMEC South Africa

SMEC South Africa is a proudly South African company. We take pride in our track record - we have provided infrastructure solutions to our clients and communities for over 70 years. Our partnership with the Surbana Jurong Group helps us to deliver engineering excellence, design innovation and advisory to clients.


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



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