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47th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 47)
24-26 June, 2019

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The 47th annual meeting of the North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL), organized through LACITO, will be held at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité - INALCO (Paris, France), from Monday, 24 June through Wednesday, 26 June, 2019. NACAL is an annual gathering featuring the presentation and discussion of original research on linguistic topics relevant to the languages of the Afroasiatic phylum (Berber, Chadic, Cushitic, Egyptian, Omotic, and Semitic).


Call for papers

Original contributions related to all aspects of Afroasiatic languages, including phonology, morphology, syntax, typology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language documentation and description, epigraphy, and more, are welcome.


Key dates

Submission deadline: 15 February, 2019 (extended to 1 March, 2019)
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 March, 2019
Conference: 24-26 June, 2019.


Abstract submission

Abstracts of both full papers and posters should be submitted in English or in French, with glosses or translations for words or examples in any other language. Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 500 words, excluding references. Authors are asked to remove all personal identification from the abstract. Each contributor can submit at most one single-authored and one co-authored paper.

Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation with 10 minutes for questions and answers. The deadline for all submissions is 15 February 2019. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair. Please be advised that late submissions may not be considered.

Questions and other correspondence should be directed to the conference organizers at afroasiatic@gmail.com.



To register for the conference, please use Azur-Colloque. The fees are as follows:
- 80€ for employed until May 13, 100€ thereafter
- 50€ for students/unemployed until May 13, 70€ thereafter
- Free for organizers and any member of LACITO, LLF, or LIER-FYT


Accomodation and transport

To find accomodation in Paris, we recommend using a site such as Booking.com or Liligo. The part of Paris where this conference will take place is called the 13th arrondissement, but one can find accomodation further away, if so desired, by taking advantage of Paris' public transport system (map). The closest Metro stop is Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, on the metro Line 14 and the train RER C. Line 14 offers a speedy and reliable service across Paris between Saint-Lazare in the northwest and Olympiades in the southeast. RER C hugs the Seine in Paris to the east (including stations such as Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel and Saint-Michel), and goes through suburbs such as Vitry-sur-Seine, Ivry-sur-Seine, and Choisy-le-Roi to the west. To check travel times and ways to get from your hotel to the conference location, try RATP.



Paris is served by three airports: Orly, Charles de Gaulle, and Beauvais. Orly (ORY), in the southeast, is only 40 minutes from Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand by bus to Pont de Rungis then RER C train (€6.35; or €30 by taxi), but is relatively small and less well served. Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG), the main Paris airport, is about an hour away by train, taking the RER B and changing for the RER C at Saint-Michel (€11.40; or €55 by taxi). Beauvais (BVA) is used by some low-cost airlines, but is almost two hours away, taking a shuttle to Porte Maillot and changing there for the RER C; taxis would start at €170.


Plenary Speakers

- Martine Vanhove (LLACAN - CNRS) - Information structuring in Beja (North Cushitic) - abstract
- Janet C. E. Watson (University of Leeds) - Endangered languages, cultures and ecosystems: The case of Modern South Arabian - abstract
- Ekkehard Wolff (Universität Leipzig) - Chadic linguistics in the 21st century: Attempting a state-of-the-art account - abstract


Scientific committee

Ahmad Al-Jallad, Azeb Amha, Sabrina Bendjaballah, Vermondo Brugnatelli, Noam Faust, Uri Horesh, Geoffrey Khan, Jérôme Lentin, Mena B. Lafkioui, Ronny Meyer, Samia Naïm, Na'ama Pat-El, Jamal Ouhalla, Stephan Procházka, Chris Reintges, Rachid Ridouane, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, Lameen Souag, Andreas Stauber, Catherine Taine-Cheikh, Mauro Tosco, Henry Tourneux, Yvonne Treis, Martine Vanhove


Organising committee

Lameen Souag (LACITO), Mena B. Lafkioui (LIER-FYT), and Chris Reintges (LLF)


Financed by

Université Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, LIER-FYT (EHESS), LACITO, LLF, LABEX EFL, INALCO (pending)



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