Afrikaans Grammar: Descriptive and Theoretical Perspectives | Johannesburg, South Africa

Registration no longer available

The interest in the workshop has surpassed our expectations! We have reached the limit of the number participants that can be accommodated at the venue, and we can therefore unfortunately no longer accept additional registration or participants. Hope to see you at the next workshop in a year or two!


Afrikaans is unique among the Germanic languages in several ways: Notably, it is the only language of the Germanic family that originated outside of Europe and that is spoken primarily in Africa. Due to the unique historical context in which Afrikaans developed, it has grammatical features setting it apart from the rest of the Germanic family. Afrikaans is also the first language of over seven million people and the third largest language in South Africa.

In spite of its uniqueness and the size of the Afrikaans speech community, Afrikaans is relatively understudied and underdescribed from the perspective of theoretical linguistics. This workshop seeks to address the paucity of descriptive and theoretical studies of Afrikaans in contemporary linguistics by bringing together scholars who work on any aspect of Afrikaans grammar for a two day workshop. We welcome contributions on any aspect of Afrikaans grammar, from both a descriptive and theoretical perspective. Also welcome are contributions of a more comparative nature, focusing on the relationship between Afrikaans and her sister languages (Dutch, Frisian, etc.).

Contact the organizers at if you any questions.

Hope to see many of you in Johannesburg in August 2016!

Plenary speakers
Jac Conradie, University of Johannesburg
Frans Hinskens, Meertens Instituut

Organizing Committee
Andries Coetzee  (University of Michigan and North-West University, South Africa)
Gerhard van Huyssteen (VivA and North-West University, South Africa)

Local Organizing Committee
Gerhard van Huyssteen (VivA and NWU) and Marlie Coetzee (VivA and NWU) are taking care of the local organization for the workshop. Please contact Marlie Coetzee with questions about the local organization or logistics.