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A warm welcome to the website of ICL 20, the 20th International Congress of Linguists. The congress is to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between the 2nd to the 6th of 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). Our partner organisations are given below. Please follow the links to find out more about these dynamic organisations.

The Congress is held every five years, and is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics. The Congress will run over five days, have 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.

Please take a look at the pages on our Scientific Committee, our invited plenary speakers, session topics and call for workshop proposals and abstracts. If you haven’t visited Cape Town before, please also have a look at some of the images of a beautiful and diverse city. We look forward to welcoming you at the tip of Africa in July 2018.


Prof. Rajend Mesthrie

President ICL 20.
June 2016.

In conjunction with Prof. D. Bradley. President CIPL


Hosts & Supporting/Partner Associations

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Comité International Permanent des Linguistes / Permanent International Committee of Linguists

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Linguistics Society of Southern Africa

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Southern African Applied Linguistics Association

 
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University of Cape Town
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African Language Association of Southern Africa

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South African Association for ​Language Teaching

 

Registration NOW OPEN!
27 June 2018 Online Registration Closes

 

Water situation in Cape Town
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2 - 6 July 2018

 

Professor Jan Blommaert
Tilburg University

It has been the ambition of sociolinguists, ever since the inception of the discipline, to make fundamental statements on the nature and structure of society grounded in empirical insights into social patterns of language usage. Yet, very few have effectively attempted this form of theory building. Based on a project called “Durkheim and the Internet”, I will provide a survey in this lecture of such fundamental social-theoretical insights gained from sociolinguistic research into contemporary online and offline interaction modes and patterns. I shall focus in particular on how such insights offer a different take on the old sociological (and political) problem of social integration.

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