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|The West African Linguistic Society Joins FILLM|
| 21.8.2018 |
FILLM is very happy to´tell you that the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) has joined the federation.
Below, you will find a few words of welcome from FILLM President, Margaret Higonnet, as well as a brief introduction to WALS.
For more detailed information about WALS, we highly recommend that you pay their website a visit.
You can also follow WALS on Facebook.
WALS will be represented on the FILLM Committee by its Sectretary-Treasurer Professor Constantine Yuka (University of Benin).
Words of Welcome from FILLM President, Margaret Higonnet
Welcome to the West African Linguistic Association as a new member of FILLM!
Since the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) was formed in 1965, with support from the Ford Foundation, it has fostered research in the many languages of West Africa. This affiliation strengthens the commitment of FILLM to the study of linguistics. Through its Journal of West African Languages (JWAL), edited by Adams Bodomo (Vice President of FILLM), and the West African Language Monograph Series, WALS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars of African languages in Africa, Europe and the USA. The next annual WALS conference will be held in 2019 in the Ivory Coast.
We hope that WALS members will be drawn to the next Triennial Congresses of FILLM, hosted in 2020 by Adams Bodomo, Professor of African Studies at the University of Vienna and in 2023 at Accra, hosted by Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Dean at the University of Ghana. We encourage WALS members also to submit their work to the book series, FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures, published by John Benjamins. Professor Lendzemo Constantine Yuka of the University of Benin, Nigeria, who is Secretary-Treasurer of WALS, will represent the West African Linguistics Association on the FILLM Committee. find exchanges with our sister societies fruitful. We look forward to our cooperation.
With warm good wishes,Margaret R. Higonnet
FILLM President, 2017-2020
The West African Linguistic Society
The West African Linguistic Society (WALS) is a 54 years old non-profitable association of academics, research workers, field workers and teachers drawn from the West African sub-region. Apart from the West African sub-region, Membership of the Society includes researchers in Universities and Research Institutes from other regions of Africa, Europe and the USA. WALS aims at fostering and encouraging research in the languages and literatures of West Africa and providing a permanent forum for interaction and exchange of ideas among scholars.
For over 50 years, WALS has encouraged and supported scholarly research in the languages and ways of life in West Africa, for scientific purposes and for purposes of identifying ways of assisting African nations with the linguistic aspects of their educational and social development. WALS has consistently organized regular congresses. Such congresses seek solutions to the linguistic problems, language-planning tasks, educational and social development challenges of the West African region. The Journal of West African languages (JWAL) is the flagship of WALS, which has published over 1000 well-researched articles since 1964. The Society has continued to seek association or affiliation with recognized scholarly associations or international bodies with which she shares identical or similar goals.
Since 1965, the West African Linguistic Society has remained unperturbed in her focus of fostering and encouraging research in the languages and literatures of West Africa and providing a permanent forum for interaction and exchange of ideas among scholars. FILLM’s mission is “…to develop and encourage the scholarly study of modern and medieval languages and literatures”. It is obvious to us (in WALS) that the goals of FILLM and WALS are identical and we both stand a better chance of achieving them if we constantly share our strategies, challenges and successes. We are looking forward to sharing the uniqueness of West African languages and cultures with members of FILLM. It is our expectations that we will benefit from FILLM’s wealth of experience even as we remain faithful to our goal to collaborate with associations that share our dreams.