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University of Cologne · Institute for African Studies

WOCAL 6 · Cologne

“African Linguistics for Understanding and Progress”

(August 17-21, 2009)

Umriss Kontinent Afrika


Compilation in progress (23. Juni 2009)

The titles are linked to an abstract in PDF format

August 16, Sunday

16:00 – 18:00


August 17, Monday

8:00 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:30
Opening Addresses

Congress Chair of WOCAL6, Matthias Brenzinger
President of WOCAL, Herman Batibo
Head of the Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Cologne, Anne Storch

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Cologne, Christiane Bongartz (not confirmed)
Rector of the University of Cologne, Axel Freimuth (not confirmed)

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00
Opening Plenary Presentation  

Neville Alexander
African linguistics for development and progress

12:00 – 12:30
Operational details

12:30 – 14:00

August 17, Monday

14:00 – 16:00
Parallel Sessions












Nubian I

Semantics I

Bantu I

Language Documentation I

Phonetics and Phonology I

Amazigh/ Language Technology Ia

Language and Development I

14:00 14:30

Alena Witzlack-Makarevich
& Martina Ernszt

Referential density in N|uu

Session Keynote

Al-Amin Abu-Manga

Is Dongolese Still a Tone Language?

Torben Andersen

Place roles and verbal directionality in Dinka

Hannah Gibson

The structure of infinitives in Bantu TAM grammaticalization


Session Keynote

Tucker Childs

How to pretend you speak a dying language when you don’t really know how to: methodological worries in documenting dying languages

Heidrun Kröger

Nasal assimilation in Mozambican Ngoni

Yamina El-Kirrat

A diachronic and comparative analysis of spirantization in the Amazigh language


Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe

Language as a resource and a barrier: when traditional healers compete with medical doctors

14:30 15:00

Sven Siegmund
& Tom Güldemann

The marker /ke/ in N|uu - declarative or not?

Nasir Satti

Analysis of Dongolese tones

Marilena Thanassoula

The perceptive verbs: a matter of experience

Mark Van de Velde

Two non-prototypical uses of the Bantu connective construction

Klaus Wedekind &
Mahmud Mohammed

Beja dialects: dynamic perspectives


Henning Schreiber

Sound change convergence (areas)

Axel Fleisch

Semantic components of motion in Berber

Rajend Mesthrie

Urban languages and urban myths: Tsotsi and other taals in South Africa

15:00 15:30

Bonny Sands,
Sheena Shah
& Amanda Miller

Phonetic variation across three closely related Ju-lects

Robert Williams

Reflexivization and reciprocalization in Ghulfan

Olivier Bondéelle

The search of lexicographic types; the emotion semantic field in Wolof

Lutz Marten

Non-canonical noun phrase agreement in Bantu

Pascale Paulin

Documenting of cultural vocabulary: the case of the elephant in the Baka (hunter-gathering) community of Gabon

Maarten Mous

The typology of tone in Cushitic: a plea for morphological tone as a type

Cécile Lux

Aspectual systems in three Berber languages: Tetserret, Tamasheq and Tachelhit

Lily Mafela

Sustaining language, culture and family across borders

15:30 16:00

Gertie Hoymann

The influence of œ A-khoe Hai//om culture on questioning strategies


Henrike Firsching

Temperature terms in African Languages

Daniel Van Olmen & Maud Devos

Explaining the synchronic variation of Bantu prohibitives

Adjaratou Sall

Bedik’s documentation, revitalization and communication: field’s experience and results

Martial Embanga Aborobongui & Annie Rialland

Tone and intonation in a Bantu language: Embosi

Sylvie Grand'Eury-Buron

Computerized information and documentation system, an opportunity for Africa!

Carren Nyandiba

HIV/AIDS Campaign thro' Swahili poetry

16:00 – 16:30
Coffee Break

August 17, Monday

16:30 – 18:30
Parallel Sessions  











Khoisan/Language and Technology Ib

Nubian II

Semantics II

Bantu II

Language Documentation II

Phonetics and Phonology II

Ethiopia I

Language and Development II

16:30 17:00

Hitomi Ono

PGN markers and case markings in G|ui

Angelika Jakobi

Verb extensions in Nubian languages

Aude Soubrier

The expression of space in Ikposo

Roger Blench

The structure of Bantoid: new evidence and better models

James Roberts

Goundo, a dying language of Chad

Francisco da Silva Xavier

Stress features in Kimbundu?


Sascha Völlmin

On definiteness in Gumer (Gurage)

Isaac Ohia

English as a global language and the problems of teaching English in non-native English speaking multilingual countries:a Nigerian perspective

17:00 17:30

Hirosi Nakagawa

Phonotactic constraints on vowels of bimoraic “roots” in G|ui

Issamedin Mohamoud Mohammed Hassan Awad

The characteristic features of the kernel sentence constructions in Nubiin
Dialect of Nubian language

Essodina Pere-Kewezima

A mathematic metalanguage (Kabiye)

Pius N. Tamanji

The homorganic nasal and VP structure in Grassfields Bantu

Eno-Abasi Urua &
Dafydd Gibbon

Preserving and understanding the Medefaidrin language: a new contribution to documentary linguistics


Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

Frequency-driven reduction and lexical diffusion in Swahili

Andreas Wetter

Complex adverbial phrases and adverbial clauses in Ethiosemitic

Mmaserame Hannah David

Strategies for empowering Cross-Border languages found in Botswana: towads regional harmonisation

17:30 18:00

Justus Chr. Roux

Implementing high level Xhosa text-to-speech synthesis in mobile learning systems

Khalifa Jabr el-Dar

Endangered place names in Dilling

Eva Rothmaler

Food concepts and food items in western Lake Chad area

Kithaka wa Mberia

Vowel harmony in Central Kenya Bantu languages

Christina Thornell

The Central African language cluster Ukhwejo: geographic localization and linguistic identification

Christfried Naumann

An acoustically-based differentiation of stops in Siwi

Olga Kapeliuk

Some special features of Ethio-Semitic syntax and morphology

Roseline Ihuoma Ndimele

Legislative language and cultural interpretation: the case of the Abia State Child's Rights Law

18:00 18:30

Beata Wójtowicz & Piotr Banski

Swahili Lexicography in Poland: its history and immediate future

Asmaa Mohammed Ibrahim

The Nubian geographical names: the complex problem of

Daniel O. Orwenjo

The syntax and semantics of the verbs “to have sex” in Dholuo

Josephat Rugemalira

Trends in semantic change in Bantu

Massanvi Honorine Gblem – Poidi

Documentation and instrumentation of Togolese languages

Henry R. T. Muzale

Aspectual tone marking in Ruhaya: the case of present habitual

Orin D. Gensler

Plural independent pronouns in Amharic: A perfect form - function match

Saudah Namyalo

The terminological modernisation of Luganda: A case of linguistic terms?


August 18, Tuesday

9:00 – 10:00
Plenary Presentation

Sam Lutalo
The importance of Deaf involvement in African sign language research

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break

August 18, Tuesday

10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions











African Sign Languages I

Nubian III

Language Technology II

Bantu III

Morpho-Syntax I

Phonetics and Phonology III

Ethiopia II

Language and Development III / Sociolinguistics I

10:30 11:00

Nobutaka Kamei

DVD Dictionary of Langue des Signes d’Afrique Francophone: descriptive study of Creole ASL in French-speaking Africa

Walter Herman Bell

Geographical names and cultural history: critical interpretation of the evidence in Nubia

Björn Gambäck, Fredrik Olsson, Atelach Alemu Argaw & Lars Asker

An Amharic corpus for machine learning

Kristina Riedel

The conjoint/disjoint distinction in VPs and NPs in Haya

Session Keynote Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Coding grammatical relations in Afroasiatic: A typological approach

Session Keynote Ian Maddieson & Didier Demolin

The riddle of geminate ejective fricatives

Zelealem Leyew

A Male-biased Grammar and Pragmatics: Evidence from Amharic

Rose Acen Upor

Naming practices and its linguistic implications: Tanzania and Globalization

11:00 11:30

Victoria Nyst & Moustapha Magassouba

Constructing corpora of African sign languages – an example from Mali

Claude Rilly

The cradle of the Nubian languages: myth vs. historical linguistics

Rod Casali

Dekereke: a software tool for phonological fieldwork

Christopher R. Green

Paradigm uniformity in Luwanga derived nouns

Bernhard Köhler

Right-shifted wh-words in African languages: the state of the art

Shigeki Kaji

Tone loss in Tooro, a West Ugandan Bantu Language

Anne-Christie Hellenthal

Mobile subject agreement markers and focus in Sheko

Mokgale Makgopa

The dilemma, challenges and opportunities faced by the languages of South Africa in their learning and teaching as promulgated by the constitution

11:30 12:00

Owiti & Shane Gilchrist

Sign Language Interpreting in Kenya

Heinz Felber

Coptic loanwords in Old Nubian

Sonja Bosch & Laurette Pretorius

Morphological analysis and corpus based lexicon development for Zulu

Justine Sikuku

Affix formation as a process of lexical reduction in LuBukusu

Helga Schröder

Incorporated subject pronouns in word order typology

Herman M. Batibo

Can tone displacement be regarded as tone depression in Sukuma?

Beniam Mitiku

Pronominal reference in Harari

Argwings Otieno

From sloppy usage to asymmetrical growth: the case of Kiswahili in Kenya

12:00 12:30

Eyasu Tamene

BA program, Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf culture at AAU

Marcus Jäger

Nubian Wise Sayings and Proverbs from Dongola

Solomija Buk & Andrij Rovenchak

Corpus of text in indigenious African scripts


Friederike Lüpke and Alexander Cobbinah

Not cut to fit? Zero-coded passives in African languages

Will Bennett

Rethinking the relationship between plain and nasal clicks

Mauro Tosco

How to find one’s way in Gawwada (on the grammar of space of a Cushitic language of Ethiopia)

Mohammed Abdul-Rahmar

Dialectal differences among the people of Dagban

12:30 – 14:00

August 18, Tuesday

14:00 – 16:00
Parallel Sessions











African Sign Languages II

Nubian IV


Bantu IV

Morpho-Syntax II

Phonetics and Phonology IV

Ethiopia III

Sociolinguistics II / Phonetics and Phonology V

14:00 14:30

Myriam Vermeerbergen

South African signers come in many different forms

Jade Comfort

Spatial topography and the locative case in Uncunwee (Kordofan Nubian)

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

The genetic position of Tima

Irina Ryabova

Demonstrative pronouns in the Dabida language

Helma Pasch

Negation in Ubangian languages

Osamu Hieda

Consonantal system in Datooga

Ronny Meyer

Converbs in Muher

Beban Sammy Chumbow

Vehicular Cross Border languages and endangerment of minority languages: mediating a symbiotic functional relationship

14:30 15:00

Jason Hopkins

Social network theory as a predictor of sign language boundaries

Halim Sabbar

Nubian is an endangered language: what does that mean?

Suzan Al-Alamin

Some morphosyntactic features of the Tima language

Fridah Kanana Erastus

Noun morphophonemics and noun class restructuring: The case of Meru gender 11/10 restructuring

Viktor Vinogradov

Strange kinds of nominal classification in some West African languages

Richard Gravina

Vowels, consonants and prosody in two Central Chadic languages

Dirk Kievit

Converbs in Gwama

Sefa Owusu

On exceptions to Akan vowel harmony

15:00 15:30

Hope E. Morgan

The role of non-dominant hand in Kenyan sign language

Gumma Ibrahim Gulfan

Ajang folk songs as source of linguistic and history Research

Abeer Bashir

Underspecification in Tima

Yuko Abe

Causative in Bende and its functional developments

Kirill V. Babaev

Reconstructing the Niger-Congo personal pronouns

Daniel Duke & Marieke Martin

Pharyngealized vowels in Kwasio (Bantu A 80): a case of de-voicing?


Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle

The relatives in Dahalik (Afro-Semitic language)

Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah

The morphotonology of reduplication in Akan

15:30 16:00

Dany Adone &
Anastasia Bauer

Argument structure in emergent sign languages

Angelika Jakobi &
Bob Williams

Differential object marking in Ghulfan

Gertrud Schneider-Blum

Don’t waste words – some aspects of the Tima lexicon


Rose-Juliet Anyanwu

On the strategic partnership of verbs - serial verbs in Niger-Congo languages

Armindo Atelela Ngunga

One language, two phonologies: The case of nasals in Ciyao

Hirut Woldemariam

Revisiting Gamo: towards a better internal classification of the Ometo Group

Kossi Antoine Afeli

Vitalité de la nasalité vocalique en Ewe de l'Est et processus de dénasalisation vocalique en Ewe de l'Ouest

16:00 – 16:30
Coffee Break

August 18, Tuesday

16:30 – 18:30
Parallel Sessions  











African Sign Languages III

Mande I

Kwa I

Bantu V

Morpho-Syntax III

Phonetics and Phonology VI

Ethiopia IV / Sudan I

Language Contact I

16:30 17:00

Rezenet Moges

Dichotomy in the community of Deaf Eritreans

Denis Creissels

Clause chaining in Manding

Francisca Adzo Adjei

Expressing focus and topic in Siyase (Avatime)

Malin Petzell

The unexplored language varieties of Morogoro - a comparative study  

Peter Avery

The acquisition of the Dholuo Plural

Ayu'nwi N. Neba

The realisation of tense/aspect morpheme tones in Bafut

Azeb Amha

Transitivity and complex predicates in Wolaytta

Hans-Georg Wolf & Herbert Igboanusi

The role of ethnically mixed marriages in language shift: A case study of Nigeria’s minority languages

17:00 17:30

Shane Gilchrist, Otieno, Namasaka

Standardisation in Kenyan Sign Language led by deaf teachers

Holger Tröbs

On the emergence of the ‘split predicate structure’ in Manding (West-Mande)

Goudale Souahon Solange

The passive voice in Éga  

Karsten Legère

Some structural aspects of the Vidunda language (G38)

Saliou Mbaye

The morphosyntax of negation in Wolof

Pius W. Akumbu

Tone on Kejom (Babanki) associative construction

Andreas Joswig

The vowels of Majang

Ezekiel Tunde Bolaji

Language contact, linguistic imperialism and the Yoruba language

17:30 18:00

Francis Boison

Patterns of sign language use in Ghana and future objectives

Dmitry Idiatov

The quotative marker ko in Manding: etymology and patterns of use

Dayane Pal

Classification of serial verb constructions in Baoule

Eva-Marie Ström

Perfectives in Ndengeleko; one or many?

Jules Jacques Coly

Typological notes on nouns and adjectives in Kuwaataay

Asohsi Melvice & Ayu'nwi N. Neba

The nominal prefixe tone in Obang

Russell Norton

Non-cocatenative morphology in Dinka and Arabic: augmentation and replacement

Sekou Bocoum

The Songhoi and Fulfulde languages contact in Hombori

18:00 18:30

Thomas Blecke

The grammar of action nominals in Tigemaxó

Yvonne Agbetsoamedo

Selee (Santrokofi) noun classes

Christophe Onambélé

Auxiliaries verbs and serial verb constructions in Ewondo

Wolfgang Berndt

A cognitive approach to the functions of the particle me in Jola-Bandial

Marie-Anne Boum Ndongo-Semengue

The ghost consonant in Basaa

Beatrix von Heyking

Pronouns in Belanda Boor

Heikel Ben Mustapha & Zinelabidine Benaissa

Codeswitching as evidence of language change


August 19, Wednesday

9:00 – 10:00
Plenary Presentation

Margarida Petter
African languages in Latin America

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break

August 19, Wednesday

10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions











Language and Development IV

Mande II

Kwa II/Gur I

Bantu VI

Morpho-Syntax IV

Phonetics and Phonology VII

Sudan II

Language Contact II

10:30 11:00

Session Keynote

James G. Bennett

Language and poverty in Africa: Do language policies help or hinder poverty reduction?

Valentin Vydrine

The factative in Dan-Gwèètaa


Nobuko Yoneda

Object a/symmetry and animacy hierarchy in Herero


Tatiana Nikitina

Word order typology and the SOVX order of Mande

Nick Clements

Vowel height in African languages: an areal survey


Farrell Ackerman & Sharon Rose

Conditions on object marker ordering in Moro

Alex Kasonde

A contrastive study of Bemba-French lexical semantics

11:00 11:30

Thomas Bearth

Language and sustainability

Elena Perekhvalskaya

Verbal noun or gerund? The Mwan language case

Ines Fiedler

Predication focus in Gbe

Jacky Maniacky

Notes on Nyinungu (Unclassified Bantu, Cokwe-Lunda group)

Tara Gibbs

Somali as a pro-drop language

Abbie Hantgan

Tonology and Bangime nouns

Harald Hammarström & Don Killian

Notes on the morphosyntax of Uduk ( Koman, Sudan) from Mss Sources

Felix Awung

Language contact, pidginization and language creation: the case of Camfranglais of Cameroon

11:30 12:00

Judith Nakayzia

Seeking a coherent national identity: the Ugandan experience

Ibrahima Abdoul H. Cisse

Fulfulde and Bambara syllabic and lexical structures in typology and universal perspectives

Sayane Gouroubera

When lexical semantics blurs inflectional morphology: The case of Baatonum noun class suffix a

Nancy C. Kula

Nominal compounds in Bemba

Ulrike Claudi, Saskia Deffner, Meikal Mumin & Marilena Thanassoula

Who moves, and why? Somali deictic particles

Coffi Sambiéni

Du processus de la réduction la création d'un phonème vocalique en byali, langue gur orientale, Bénin.

Christine Waag

Transitivity in Fur

Gema Valdés Acosta

The African Languages and the Cuban Spanish

12:00 12:30

Katharina Wolf

Status planning parameters for the languages of the Guéra region of Chad

Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

A tentative classification of serial verb constructions in Bambara (Mande)

Tristan Michael Purvis

Left dislocation in Dagbani


Abdirachid M. Ismail

Revisiting Somali system of focalisation

Balaibaou Kassan, Annie Rialland, Rachid Ridouane

A physiological investigation of voice quality in Kabiye assertions and yes/no questions

Jeffrey Heath

Definite, pseudo-definite, and possession in Humburi Senni (Songhay)

Luis Beltrán

African Linguistics in Spain & Spanish-speaking countries

12:30 – 14:00

Free afternoon

 (WOCAL Steering Committee Business Meeting)


August 20, Thursday

9:00 – 10:00
Plenary Presentation  

Roland Kiessling
Borderline cases in Grassfields Bantu morphology and
their historical significance in a wider (Benue-Congo) perspective

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break

August 20, Thursday

10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions











Language and Development V

Language Contact III

Gur II

Bantu VII

Sociolinguistics III

Phonetics and Phonology VIII

Sudan III / Nigeria I

Nigeria II

10:30 11:00

Ntihasa Bulane

Preliminary steps for a successful implementation of language-in-education policies in Africa

Koen Bostoen

Divergence and contact in the language history of the Western Province of Zambia: a comparative phonological and morphological approach

Balaibaou Kassan

Recent development of lexical evolution in Kabiyè (Gur)

Maya Abe

The applicative and double object constructions in Ma'a/Mbugu

Session Keynote Ekkehard Wolff

Sociolinguistics in Africa

Adjépole Kouamé,
Firmin Ahoua,
Dafydd Gibbon

Prosodic domains and tones in speech and songs in Anyi Sanvi

Lukas Neukom

The suffix -ó in Kenga: venitive and past, one or two functions?

Solomon Oluwole Oyetade

Reversing language shift in Nigeria: Akoko languages of the South West as a case study

11:00 11:30

Laure Therese Yolande Peem

Analyzing and interpreting the different realizations of the terms "AIDS" and "condom" in Basaa (A 40)

Klaus Beyer

Language contact as it happens: multilingual speakers in an old contact area in Burkina Faso

Anne Schwarz

Principles of information packing in Baatonum (Gur)

Rébecca Grollemund

The verbal system in Gepinzi

Maik Gibson

Language shift in Nairobi

Natalia Kuznetsova

A functional status of a foot in Gouro

Ogbonna Anyanwu

Locative and Predicative Constructions in Ibibio

Olutola Osunnuga

Nigeria and multilingualism: the situation report

11:30 12:00

Rose Marie Beck

Interactional linguistics as diagnostic instrument for development: an example from HIV/AIDS prevention in Nairobi ( Kenya)

Jonathan Allen Brindle

Contact issues in the reconstruction of the Southwestern-Grusi numeral system

Oumarou Boukari

The position of the Pre-language: Gur or Kru?

Mercy Akrofi Ansah

Complementation Strategies in Lete

Gabriele Sommer

The concept of style/register shifting in multilingual African contexts

Christiane Lauschitzky

Nasality in Bozo Jenamaa

Akinbiyi Akinlabi

The Tone Structure of Noun Phrases in Defaka

Mohammed Fannami

Pro-Drop in Kanuri Language

12:00 12:30

Michel Lafon

Minority linguistic rights vs national/ regional language policies in Southern Africa: a need for a nuanced approach lest English wins all

Lameen Souag

Borrowed adpositions and word order in Kwarandzyey

Samuel Awinkene Atintono

The basic locative construction in Gurene

Setumile Morapedi

Passive constructions in Setswana in lexical mapping theory

Ellen Hurst

Tsotsitaal, global culture and local style: identity and recontextualisation in twenty-first century South African townships

Seunghun Julio Lee

Downstep and consonant-tone interaction in Dagara

Inimbom James Akpan

On the documentation of the Ibibiod proverbs, riddles and proverb-riddles

Joseph Dele Atóyèbi

Ditransitive constructions in Oko

12:30 – 14:00

August 20, Thursday

14:00 – 16:00
Parallel Sessions  











Language and Development VI

Language Contact IV

Cameroon I

Bantu VIII

Sociolinguistics IV

Phonetics and Phonology IX

Nigeria III


14:00 14:30

Julia Messina Ethé

Research methodology for the teaching of national languages through national culture in a plurilingual setting

Session Keynote Abdel Rahim Mugaddam

Aspects of Youth language in Khartoum

Raimund Kastenholz

The expression of property concepts in Peere

Carmela Irene Penner Toews

Tense and aspect in Shona

Isabelle Myriam Nsenga Diatwa

Descriptive survey of some languages of Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Sophie Salffner

Raiders of the lost tone - tonal melodies in Ukaan nouns

Ari Awagana

Stratification of lexical borrowing and language contact: Hausa and Kanuri in
the sahelo-saharan area

Jayne Mutiga

The mutable and non-Mutable Vowels of Kikamba; a Bantu Language

14:30 15:00

Dominique Vellard

The importance of developing endogenous Mathematics and Science curriculum in African Languages: methodology and examples

Rhiannon Stephens

Granaries and fostering: What can loanwords tell us about domestic relationships in precolonial Uganda?

Sabine Littig

Pronouns in Kolbila

Patricia Mabugu

Hiatus in ChiShona: a phono-morphosyntactico account  

Constance Kutsch Lojenga

Kilungunya - a newly discovered and endangered secret Bantu language spoken in Congo (DRC)

John R. Watters

Tone in Western Ejagham: the case of lexical and postlexical tone on verbs

Bruce Connell

The Defaka-Ijo relationship revisited

Emmanuel Ngue Um & Emmanuel Makasso

Question prosody in Basaa (A 40)

15:00 15:30

Oliver Kröger

Discovery workshops in grammar. How communities benefit from typological research

Angelika Mietzner

Spatial orientation in Nilotic languages and the forces of innovation

Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer

Class RE in the class system of Loŋto and its historical significance

Raphael Girard

Tone contrasts and speaking rate in Shona: a production study

Mark Dingemanse

What do we really know about ideophones? Ideophone usage in a corpus of natural discourse in Siwu (Kwa, eastern Ghana)

Dafydd Gibbon

Analysis and synthesis of lexical tone in discourse: Bete narrative prosody

Nicolas Aubry

Parsing Yoruba serial verb constructions: an attempt in the LFG framework and its testing on a large corpus of Yoruba

Adelino Amargira

Function of Tone in Tennet

15:30 16:00

Baba Mai Bello

Indigenous languages and the perception of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

Carole de Féral

African and European Languages in contact and the emergence of new urban practices and identities - Pidgin and Francanglais in Cameroon

Raija Kramer

Focus marking in Fali

Peter Nichols

The desistive and persistive aspects in siSwati

Marie-Laure B. Kozi & Mimboabe Bakpa

Contribution à la situation sociolinguistique Anufo-Gangam

Anja Choon

What can the verb phrase tell us about the mid tone in Uwu?

Dmitry Bondarev, Philip J. Jaggar & Doris Löhr

The development of –ye from a subject marker in Old Kanembu to a multifunctional marker in modern Kanuri

Binyam Sisay

Focus marking in Koorete

16:00 – 16:30
Coffee Break

August 20, Thursday

16:30 – 19:00
Parallel Sessions











Language and Development VII

Language Contact V

Cameroon II

Bantu IX

Sociolinguistics V

Phonetics and Phonology X

Nigeria IV/ Atlantic

Varia II

16:30 17:00

Ogone John Obiero

Assessing a language revitalization programme: apparent problems with specific reference to the evaluation of revivalist efforts on Olusuba language of Kenya

Anne Storch

Earlier Contacts: African Sounds and Hispanic Baroques

Roland Kießling, Doreen Schroeter, Britta Neumann

Pragmalinguistic concepts in Cameroonian Ring languages

Abel Y. Mreta

Ideophones in Chasu

Ana Stela de Almeida Cunha

When the dead understand us: traces of Bantu languages in the Cuban Spanish chants in Palo Monte or Regla Conga

Ginger Boyd

ATR Harmony in ten Mbam Languages

Oliver Bond

Eleme cognate objects: the source for denominalized unergative verbs?

Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor

Syllable weight in Dholuo

17:00 17:30

Gabriel Mba

The role of ecosystems in the endangerment and revitalization of languages of Africa

Philippe Cassuto, Abdellatif Idrissi & Victor Porkhomovsky

The Hausa version of the Bible: between Hebrew and Arabic

Rebecca Voll

Issues in the morphology of tense and aspect in Mundabli, Western Beboid

N.C. Netshisaulu

Do we really have semi-vowels [w] and [y] in Tshivenda?

Vinesh Y. Hookomsing

Language standardization in Insular Africa: mapping the routes and roots of Creole languages

Mary Pearce & Michael Ahland

Tonal behavior in the noun-noun possessive construction in Northern Mao: Downstep or double downstep?

Ndao Dame

Derivation in Pepel

Khadija Belfarhi

Languages in Africa: Survival or sudden arrival


Aula 1

Aula 2

17:30 19:00

Profiles of German Foundations

DAAD – AvH – Thyssen – VW – DFG


Fachverband Afrikanistik

(in German)


August 21, Friday

9:00 – 10:00
Plenary Presentation

 Gratien Gualbert Atindogbé
The Challenges of Documentary Linguistics in the field of "Afrikanistik"

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break

August 21, Friday

10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions










Bantu Semantics

Language Contact VI

Cameroon III / Nigeria IV

Bantu X

Sociolinguistics VI

Ethiopia V

Morpho-Syntax V

10:30 11:00

Deo Ngonyani

Property concepts in Kikisi

Esmeralda Vailati Negrão & Evani Viotti

Some methodological issues regarding the participation of African languages in Brazilian Portuguese

Aloysius Ngefac

Cameroon English accent: Issues of standardization, attitudes and pedagogic concerns


Rose Letsholo

The forgotten relative clause of Ikalanga and Luganda

Gerald Stell

Colour and language variation: The differentiation of morphosyntactic and code-switching patterns across ethnic divides in the Afrikaans speech community

Moges Yigezu

Aspects of Konso phonology: typological considerations

Nabil Abdalla Kuku

Locative features of Laro, a Nuba language of Sudan

11:00 11:30

Amani Lusekelo

The expression of motion events in Swahili narratives

Raimundo Enedino dos Santos

The behavior of clitics in Portuguese of the Tongas as a result of linguistics contact

Doris Richter, gen. Kemmermann

Mbembe - language contact or language stability?

Maloba Wekesa Leonard

Discourse connectivity: the case of Lubukusu

Christina D. Schmidt

Afrikaans-speaking churches in the UK and their impact on language maintenance

Endeshaw Woldemichael

Language change and language shift: the challenging factors to linguistic diversity: the case of Zay

Mohamed Diallo

Probleme der grammatischen Kategorisierung im Bamankan: Der Fall von fe

11:30 12:00

Ragia M. Effat

Modality in Swahili

Juliana Franca Macek

A comparative linguistic approach to two urban youth codes in East Africa - Sheng and Lugha ya Mitaani - using an ecolinguistic framework

Georg Ziegelmeyer

On argument focus in Kanuri

Vincent Tanda

Word order variation in Grassfields Bantu

Papa Oumar Fall

Language classification: Sereer dialects or “languages cangin”

Wondwosen Tesfaye

The interaction between case and focus in Diraytata (Gidole)

Martin Joseph Kailie

The syntax of mutation in Mande Languages

12:00 12:30

Pule Phindane

The generative lexicon and the nominalizations in Sesotho

Philip W. Rudd

Nairobi , Sheng and the creole-interlanguage continua

Nadine Borchardt

Janus-headed agreement in Ikaan compound numerals

Silvester Ron Simango

The ciNsenga causative construction and the structure of events

Evelyn Fogwe

Dialect conflict resolution and choice of standard variety for Mankon dialect cluster

Shimelis Mazengia

Some insights into Tigrinya definite article and demonstrative

Ephraim Avea Nsoh

Understanding the relationship between adjective, noun and verb categories in the Farefari language

12:30 – 14:00

August 21, Friday

14:00 – 16:00

 Aula 1

Special Wolff Session
A salute to Ekkehard!

14:00 15:00

Ari Awagana

Norbert Cyffer
Subordination patterns in languages of the Lake Chad area - a universal strategy?

Andrew Haruna
Language shift in Northern Nigeria: the precarious situation of the minority languages of the region

Podium Closing

15:00 15:30

Evaluation of WOCAL6 – Cologne
Invitation to WOCAL7

15:30 16:00

Casual WOCAL friendship farewell gathering  


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