Call for Papers

The 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be held online at the University of California San Diego from April 7-9th, 2022.

ACAL welcomes papers on any area of African Linguistics for paper or poster presentations. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions.

Due Date

The deadline for new submissions is November 30th, 2021, 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Abstracts will be subject to blind review.

Submission Guidelines

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English and must not exceed 500 words, including any data, figures and tables. References are not included in the 500 word limit. Non-English language data should include interlinear glosses following the Leipzig Glossing Rules.

The 500-word abstract should be single-spaced and in a Unicode font no smaller than 11 point, and in .pdf format.

Some guidelines for writing successful abstracts can be found here.

Submission Instructions

All abstracts must be submitted online through EasyChair.

If you have never used EasyChair before, you will need to register.

Submissions are restricted to one single-authored paper and two co-authored papers per individual.

Notification of acceptance will be in mid-January 2022.

Authors will be asked to submit a pre-recorded video of their presentation by March 14, 2022.

Please note that in order to present a paper or poster at ACAL 51, presenting authors must be members of the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL). To pay membership fees, please go to the ACAL organization website. Membership fees are collected by the ACAL organization, not the conference organizers.


Selected Papers from the 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be reviewed and published in the series Contemporary African Linguistics by Language Science Press.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to