Grammatical Structures of Nilo-Saharan Workshop

Call for Papers

Nilo-Saharan languages are still one of the empirically least understood language families. At the same time, recent years have seen a surge in fieldwork showing that they provide an astonishing wealth of grammatical phenomena of prime significance for theoretical and typological work (see, e.g. van Urk 2018 on pronoun copying in Dinka, Kouneli & Nie 2021 on true tone polarity in Kipsigis, Joswig 2019 on downstep as a grammatical boundary marker in Majang, Kouneli 2021 on tripartite number marking in Kipsigis, and Ladd & Blum 2021 on number morphology in Dinka.)

We invite abstract submissions for a 20 minute talk (plus 10 minute discussion) on formal approaches to the grammatical structure of Nilo-Saharan languages. We welcome theoretical analyses from the areas of syntax, morphology, phonology and semantics.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages including references, examples, tables and figures (A4 paper, 12pt Times New Roman font or similar, 2.54cm/1 inch margins on all sides). Abstracts should be sent to nilo-saharan-workshop[at] in pdf format.

Deadline of submission

March 17, 2024

Notification of acceptance

(estimated) End of March, 2024


Ladd, D. R. & Blum, M. (2021) On the systematic nature of Dinka noun number morphology. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 42(2):223–252.

Joswig, A. (2019) The Majang Language. PhD thesis, Leiden University.

Kouneli, M. (2021) Number-based noun classification: The view from Kipsigis. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 39: 1195–1251.

Kouneli, M. and Nie, Y. (2021) Across-the-board tonal polarity in Kipsigis: Implications for the morphology-phonology interface. Language, 97:111–138.

van Urk, C. (2018) Pronoun copying in Dinka Bor and the Copy Theory of Movement. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 36:937–990.