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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


Registration NOW OPEN!
27 June 2018 Online Registration Closes


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2 - 6 July 2018


Backpackers, hostels and alternative budget accommodation options.
Please click on the links to book your accommodation.

  1. 91Loop Boutique Hostel
  2. A Sunflower Stop (luxury backpackers hostel)
  3. Ashanti Lodge Backpackers (offering great budget accommodation options in 3 different properties)
  4. Atlantic Point (backpackers and hostel)
  5. Big Blue Backpackers
  6. Cape Town Backpackers (top quality backpackers)
  7. HomeBase Cape Town (backpackers hostel)
  8. House on the Hill (guesthouse)
  9. never@home (one of the biggest, hippest and most modern hostels in Cape Town)
  10. ONCE in Cape Town (vibrant “all-star” hostel)
  11. The Backpack (award winning, Fair Trade hostel)
  12. The Mojo Hotel (a new type of hybrid hotel in Cape Town offering a variety of rooms – from spacious self-catering studios and apartments to compact crash pads)
  13. Urban Hive Backpackers

Hotels that are within 5-15 minutes’ walk from the Convention Centre

  1. aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites
  2. African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
  3. Cape Town Lodge Hotel
  4. City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
  5. Fountains Hotel
  6. Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
  7. Happy Rhino Hotel (funky capsule hotel, small rooms, small prices)
  8. Hollow on the Square
  9. Hotel on St Georges
  10. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice
  11. Protea North Wharf Hotel

Self-catering apartments

  1. St Bede’s Terrace is made up of 5 renovated cottages in 3 Anchor Bay/Green Point offering comfortable self-catering accommodation.
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