Language and Society in Africa

Conveners: Prof. Viktor A. Vinogradov (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow, Russia), Prof. Viktor Ya. Porkhomovsky (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow, Russia); e-mail:

The panel will be devoted to the wide range of problems related to languages in Africa, including phonetics, lexicon and grammar, as well as sociolinguistics of African languages. The topics for discussion in the panel include:
- sociolinguistic studies of cultural and language situations;
- typological studies of African languages;
- comparative studies of African languages;
- problems of genetic classification;
- field studies of African languages: theory and practice;
- African dialectology and areal studies;
- language contacts in Africa: synchronic and diachronic aspects.