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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

 

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27 June 2018 Online Registration Closes

 

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2 - 6 July 2018

 

Professor Jochen Zeller
University of KwaZulu-Natal

While the field of generative grammar has been dominated by the derivational model of syntax advocated in Chomsky’s Principles-and-Parameters framework and the Minimalist Program (MP), there are also non-transformational, constraint-based theories of generative grammar, such as Construction Grammar, HPSG, or Simpler Syntax. In my talk I focus on a number of key syntactic phenomena (structure building operations, nonlocal dependencies, the realisation of argument structure, and linearization) and show how these phenomena are analysed in these competing theories. I also discuss the two morphological frameworks that are most closely associated with the MP and Construction Grammar, namely Distributed Morphology and Construction Morphology, and I compare the analyses of various morphological phenomena that have been proposed by proponents of these theories.>

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