Annual Conference 2019

BAAL-LiA SIG Annual Conference 2019

Theme‘Language and decolonisation in 21st Century Africa’

Venue:School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Portsmouth

Date: Friday May 10th 2019

Time: 10 am – 5.30 pm


Plenary Speaker

Professor Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty – Research Professor at North West University, Potchefstroom and Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at UKZN, South Africa.

Professor Wildsmith-Cromarty currently works at the North West university in Early Childhood Development.  Professor Wildsmith-Cromarty is the research chair leading the Reading Research Network in collaboration with researchers from the University of Leeds, the University of Sussex, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban University of Technology. Previously she worked in the Linguistics programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Professor Wildsmith-Cromarty does research in Language planning and policy, Language learning and teaching and Discourse Analysis.Current projects are the introduction of IKS in training courses for ECD practitioners; & Reading. Her publications cover topics in all of these fields. A more recent research direction is in the field of discourse development in specialised fields for selected professions, with a focus on African languages.

Professor Wildsmith-Cromarty has also been re-elected to the English National Language Body for a further term of office, having served on this body for over 10 years. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Cambridge journal  Language Teaching: Surveys and Studies, and co-editor for the journal Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. She has recently been elected to a special interest group on multilingualism, language policies and planning comprising a number of South African tertiary institutions.


ABSTRACTS Submission Closed February 15th 2019. As in previous years, it may be possible for a small number of people to deliver their papers via Skype from Africa.

Sub-themes & topics for papers could consider but not limited to:

  • What are the latest policy developments with regard to the tensions between former imperial languages and local languages in different African countries?
  • What are the issues and challenges in the adoption of local or global languages in education and academic research?
  • How do different languages co-exist in daily social practices, including digital communication?
  • How are languages used at work?
  • How has the debate evolved for the creation of literature, songs and films?


REGISTRATION: Please register by April 22nd  2019 so that we can make a final order for catering for the day. This is included in the attendance fee of £27 for BAAL members, £37 for non-members, £20 for BAAL student members (other students £22). We particularly welcome postgraduate students.  Register here  Enquiries to:  Colin Reily


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