Annual Conference: Friday May 12th 2017, 10am – 5.30pm

Venue: Dept. of English Language & Applied Linguistics, University of Reading

Language without Borders: Multilingual Communication in Africa and the Diaspora’

Plenary speaker: Professor Friederike Lüpke, SOAS, University of London

Professor Lüpke is leader of the ‘Crossroads’ project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which is investigating how a group of languages influence each other through social networks in Senegal. Her many publications include Repertoires and Choices in African Languages (with Anne Storch, 2013, de Gruyter). Her Inaugural Lecture (2015) can be viewed at

ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words for 20 minute presentations are now invited, to be sent to Annette Islei, Convenor, cc. no later than March 31st 2017. We also invite proposals for posters. There is a £50 prize for the best.

Topics of interest around the theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Oral communication
  • Multilingualism
  • Language choice
  • Codeswitching
  • Translanguaging in education
  • Translation

REGISTRATION: Please register by April 30th 2017 so that we can make a final order for catering for the day. This is included in the attendance fee of £25 for BAAL members, £35 for non-members, and £20 for students.  We particularly welcome postgraduate students.  Registration forms are available from the LIASIG website: Enquiries to:  Elvis Yevudey,