Forthcoming: ACAL in SoCAL: Selected papers from the 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics

Yaqian Huang   Jun Jie Lim   Sharon Rose   Anthony Struthers-Young   Nina Kaldhol  


This volume contains a selection of papers that were presented at the 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics, which was held virtually at the University of California San Diego. There are 21 papers covering phonology, morphology, syntax, lexical semantics, sociolinguistics, typology and historical linguistics. The volume features a keynote paper that proposes a novel community-based approach to language documentation. African languages investigated in detail include Wolof, Mende, Dangme, Kusaal, Nzema, Anii, Nigerian Pidgin, Tunen, Nyokon, Vale, Lokoya, Lopit, Otuho, Kalenjin, Tiriki, Oromo, Tigrinya, Asá, Qwadza, and Ikalanga.


  • A community approach to language documentation in Africa
    Pius W. Akumbu
  • Anglicization of personal names
    The case of Akan
    Kwasi Adomako, John Odoom
  • Plural marking in Nigerian Pidgin English
    A sociolinguistic study of diaspora speakers
    Precious Affia
  • The structure and function of Dangme adverbs and adverbials
    Yvette Djabakie Asamoah, Richard Ayertey Lawer
  • Phonological variation in Kusaal
    A synchronic dialectological study
    Samuel A. Asitanga, Anthony Agoswin Musah, Samuel Alhassan Issah
  • The syntax of negation in Anii
    Frances Blanchette, Deborah Morton
  • Metaphors and Metonyms of ti and yi ‘HEAD’ expressions in Nzema and Dangme
    Regina Oforiwah Caesar, Mohammed Yakub, Raymond Teye Akrobettoe
  • Left-sided vs. right-sided phonology of labial-velars
    Michael Cahill
  • Post-verbal focus by wəli in Kenyan Maay
    Chiara Di Maio, Haley Muth
  • Pronouncing pro in Wolof
    Suzana Fong
  • Typology of Tigrinya WH-interrogatives
    Keffyalew Gebregziabher, Maia Duguine
  • On OV and VO at the Bantu/Bantoid borderlands
    Elisabeth J. Kerr
  • The position of Asá and Qwadza within Cushitic
    Iris Kruijsdijk
  • Emphatic properties of object marking in Ikalanga
    Rose Letsholo, Madelyn Colantes, Michael Diercks
  • (A)symmetry in double object constructions in Tiriki
    Kang Franco Liu
  • Negation in languages of the Lotuxo sub-group of Eastern Nilotic
    Jonathan Moodie
  • A preliminary phonology of Vale
    Kenneth S. Olson
  • Verb-marked reciprocals in Wolof
    Sofiya Ros, Giada Palmieri
  • A Rizzian analysis of the left periphery in Sewama Mende
    Jason D. Smith
  • Determining word boundaries in the Oromo language afaan Oromoo (Oromic)
    Tamam Youssouf
  • The reflexive in Kalenjin
    Its syntactic status and semantic functions
    Joost Zwarts, Andrew Chelimo, Prisca Jerono


Yaqian Huang, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Yaqian Huang received her PhD in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She previously taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. She works on phonetics, laboratory phonology, and the cognitive processes underlying speech perception and production, with a focus on voice quality, tone, and vowel quality.

Jun Jie Lim, University of California at San Diego

Jun Jie (JJ) Lim is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of California San Diego. His research interests include syntax, fieldwork, language contact, and language variation and change. His research is informed by data from the Corpus of Singapore English Messages, which he helped co-create and compile, and his fieldwork on two Mongolic varieties, Khalkha Mongolian and Kalmyk Oirat.

Sharon Rose, University of California at San Diego

Sharon Rose is Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of California San Diego. Her research investigates the phonology of African languages, with a focus on Semitic languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea, Heiban languages of Sudan and Kwa languages of Ghana. She has researched long distance consonant and vowel harmony, dissimilation, tone, and intonation. She is currently working on Moro, Tira and Rere, three Heiban languages of Sudan.

Anthony Struthers-Young, University of California at San Diego

Anthony Struthers-Young is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the University of California San Diego. He is interested in language documentation, prosody, and the intersection of music and language, with a particular focus on musical surrogate languages and grammatical tone. Much of his research has been done with the Toussian people of southwest Burkina Faso, studying both the spoken Toussian languages, as well as their xylophone musical surrogate languages.

Nina Kaldhol, University of California at San Diego

Nina Hagen Kaldhol is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the University of California San Diego. Her research interests include phonology and morphology, with a special interest in the role of tone in the organization of morphological systems. In collaboration with native speakers of Tira, Rere and Somali, she works on language documentation while also aiming to advance our theoretical understanding of tone and morphological complexity.

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December 13, 2023
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Huang, Yaqian, Lim, Jun Jie, Rose, Sharon, Struthers-Young, Anthony & Kaldhol, Nina (eds.). Forthcoming. ACAL in SoCAL: Selected papers from the 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics. (Contemporary African Linguistics). Berlin: Language Science Press.


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