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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


Comité International Permanent des Linguistes / Permanent International Committee of Linguists

Linguistics Society of Southern Africa

Southern African Applied Linguistics Association

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University of Cape Town
African Language Association of Southern Africa

South African Association for ​Language Teaching


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27 June 2018 Online Registration Closes


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2 - 6 July 2018


Mantoa Motinyane
University of Florida 

Mantoa Motinyane (Smouse) received her MA and PhD from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, USA and a BA (Hons) from UCT. Dr Motinyane is currently the Head of African Languages in the School of Languages and Literatures.

She teaches African Linguistics to both undergraduate and graduate students with the focus on morpho-syntax and sociolinguistics in general. In addition, Mantoa supervises Speech and Communication Disorders students whose focus is on the Milestones of Early Communication Development. She has published a number of articles on child language development, critical discourse analysis as well as multilingualism in the workplace. She is the Chairperson of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa (2012-2017), an NIHSS Catalytic Project leader, a member of the Scientific Committee of the newly established South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), an Editor of the AVBOB/Mandela National Poetry Competition, a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Book, Creative and Digital Collections Award Judging Panel as well as a member of the South African BRICS Think Tank. .

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