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Department of Linguistics International Conference



Venue: University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Date: 15-16 February 2018

CONFERENCE THEME: Communication Issues in the 21st Century: The Place of Multilingualism, Linguistics and Development

Current scholarship, whether in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, seems to agree that language, with its complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, is of strategic importance for the human race in the 21st century. All over the world, there is growing awareness that language plays a vital role in communication, development, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. It is also critical in attaining quality education for all and strengthening cooperation, in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and in mobilising the will for applying the benefits of science and technology towards sustainable development.

In view of this central role of language and communication, there is an urgent imperative for research and engagement towards the promotion of multilingualism and linguistic diversity, including the safeguarding of endangered languages involving all sectors: education, culture, science, communication and information technology.

In light of the above background, the Department of Linguistics of the University of Zimbabwe announces its first conference to be held at the University of Zimbabwe from the 15th to the 16th of February 2018.The major objective of this conference is to converge thoughts on the interface between communication, language, ICTs and development. Presentations should be designed to stimulate relevance of research on language structure and use, projecting a unified trajectory around the major themes. Research should interrogate the simple fact of multilingualism, language management and multiculturalism notwithstanding the education and development The University of Zimbabwe Linguistics International Conference strands of these themes. Researchers should embrace dexterity and versatility of approach that cuts across the identified subthemes and those of their choosing, promulgating a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach that dovetails with the ‘business unusual approach’ in order to push the boundaries of intellectual engagement.

Conference Sub-themes

The conference welcomes papers on the following sub-themes, but not limited to:

  • English language and communication skills
  • Indigenous languages and communication skills
  • Academic and professional writing
  • Foreign language teaching and learning
  • ICT, language structure and communication
  • Multimodal communication
  • Intercultural communication in the 21st century and beyond
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Crisis communication
  • Social media and language
  • Minority languages and development
  • Communication skills in high schools and tertiary institutions
  • Language standardisation and development
  • Multiculturalism, multilingualism and globalisation
  • Language vitality
  • Mother tongue education
  • Language use and language in use
  • Zimbabwean English/world Englishes
  • Linguistic structure
  • Language, history and economics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language, law, politics and development

Important information

While the conference venue is in Zimbabwe, contributors from outside the country and continent are welcome. After the conference, peer reviewed chapters will be published in a book to be edited by; Dr Victor Mugari, Dr Patricia R. Mabugu, Dr Paul Svongoro and Dr C.R. Sibanda.

The University of Zimbabwe Linguistics International Conference Papers: Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Important dates

Final dates for submission of abstracts: 31 November 2017

Submission of full chapters: 1 June 2018

Publication Date: November 2018


Abstract submission format

  • Title and full names
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Email address
  • Full title of the paper



  • International Participants $100
  • UZ Staff $80
  • Students $50

*Late registration effective 10 February attracts a 10% administrative fee.



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