Call for Papers: Syntax and semantics of Kwa Workshop in honour of Felix Ameka, Kweku Osam & Kofi Saah

Meeting description:
In the past thirty years, there has been a surge in research in syntax and semantics of Kwa languages. In this regard, the works of three linguists stand out: Professor Felix K. Ameka, Professor E. Kweku Osam and Professor Kofi K. Saah. Beginning from the early 1990’s, each of these researchers shed significant light on the syntax and semantics of Kwa languages. Professor Ameka has been one of the most prolific writers on the syntax and semantics of Kwa languages. His research on Ewe and other Kwa languages include temporal relations, information structure, expressions of motion and space, interjections, and language documentation and description, to mention a few. Professor Osam can be recognized for his seminal work on serial verb constructions and grammatical relations in Akan. His research on serial verb constructions has become an influential reference for mutliverbal constructions across and beyond Kwa.  Professor Saah has researched extensively on the syntax of relative clauses, wh-questions and focus constructions. Significantly, these three stalwarts of Kwa syntax and semantics have trained and mentored dozens of linguists who continue to do impactful research on Kwa languages.

The workshop is aimed at taking stock of the gains and impact of the research of the honorees on the syntax and semantics of Kwa languages and exploring the prospects for current and future research. The workshop will bring together scholars and students working on various aspects of the syntax and semantics of any Kwa language.

Theme: “Three decades of Kwa syntax and semantics: gains and prospects”


Date: August 3, 2020

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon Campus


Call for papers:
Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations. Abstract submissions should be limited to one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract, or two co-authored abstracts. All papers must be submitted on EasyChair.

Submission guidelines:
All abstracts should be in PDF format and should be a maximum of two pages, including references. Abstracts should include examples. Please use 12pt size font, with page margins no smaller than 1 inch (2.5 cm) on all sides. Please indicate whether your submission is for oral or poster presentation.

Invited speaker:
Professor James Essegbey
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: November 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2020
Registration opens: June 15, 2020
Conference date: August 3, 2020

Registration fee:
GHS 50 for all participants