Welcome to the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics!
The Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) was first convened in 1970 and has since been held every year at various sites throughout North America. The affiliated Association of Contemporary African Linguistics, founded in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, has the same mission: to advance and sustain the linguistic study of African languages. The Association (with the same acronym) seeks to continue and provide stability to that tradition and to the conference itself. The Association solicits support from ACAL’s attendees to guarantee the conference’s stability into the future.

We as an organization welcome all members from any country or background.

Next ACAL Conferences

ACAL51 was to be hosted by Rutgers University, May 21-24, 2020.
In view of COVID-19, they have decided to cancel the conference. If you have bought your ticket, we expect that the airlines will refund it because of COVID-19. The Rutgers conference home page is here. More details on what happens to accepted abstracts will be forthcoming.

ACAL52 in 2021 will be hosted by the University of Florida.

ACAL 50 in 2019 was hosted by the University of British Columbia, from 23-25 May, 2019. Additional satellite workshops were held 22-23 May. The Conference home page is here.

ACAL Awards
The first ACAL Lifetime Achievement Award was given in 2018 to Professor Dr. Eyamba Bokamba of the University of Illinois. He has been a leading scholar in the field of African linguistics, and has been a leading figure in ACAL conferences, with Illinois hosting the conference several times.