1st International Biennial Conference on Language, Linguistics and Literature (3L): Call for papers

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The 1st International Biennial Conference on Language, Linguistics and Literature (3L): Call for papers

Theme of the conference: “Language, linguistics and literature in the 21st century”

The departments of African languages and literature, English, French and communications, and the study skills unit of the faculty of humanities at the National University of Lesotho invite you to the 2019 “3L” Biennial Conference.

Conference dates: 5 – 7 February 2019

Background of the conference

Figuratively, language is the ground upon which all forms of relationships are built. It is, indeed, the main link that connects individuals, as well as the medium through which culture is registered and transferred from generation to generation in a society. As the technological landscape continues to evolve in Africa, ideas expressed through language, literature and other modes of formal and informal expression become the object of collaborative and interdisciplinary research, since use of new applications and technologies makes new kinds of teaching and academic research possible. Simultaneously, it is important to keep on evaluating and critiquing how these new forms of communication impact on the society. Thanks to translation and interpreting as tools that bridge the gap between cultures, information conceived in one particular language is able to transcend human borders and become accessible to all.

The 1st International Biennial Conference on Language, Linguistics and Literature will cover interactions and issues surrounding language, linguistics and literature, as well as the various cultural environments and contexts within which they are adapted.

In light of the above, the subthemes of the conference will be:


  • Communication
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Digital humanities
  • Second language acquisition
  • Comparative literature
  • Language teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design
  • Applied linguistics
  • Creativity through inquiry approach at higher learning institutions
  • Rethinking language policy
  • African indigenous languages

We are delighted to announce that, so far, the following keynote speakers have been secured:

  • Prof FL Moloi (retired professor of linguistics)
  • Prof N Mathonsi (professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Prof J Kangira (professor at the University of Namibia)

Abstract submission

  • Abstracts of not more than 250 words, with at least 5 keywords, should be submitted to humanities@nul.ls.
  • Text should be justified and spaced 1,5.
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 points

Paper presentation

Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes, as follows:

  • Duration of each presentation: 20 minutes
  • Discussion and questions: 10 minutes

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 July 2018
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 31 August 2018
  • Early bird registration: 31 October 2018
  • Late registration: 7 December 2018

Registration fees


Early bird registration

Late registration

Delegates from Lesotho

M2 000

M2 500

International delegates

M2 500

M3 000


M1 000

M1 500


Bank details of the National University of Lesotho

Bank name: Standard Lesotho Bank
Account holder: National University of Lesotho
Account number: 9080002587781
Branch code: 062067                            
Swift code: SBCLSMX
Account type: Current account

Reference: 3L Conference

Please make sure you indicate the reference (3L Conference) when effecting your payment, and send proof of payment to 3l.humanities@nul.ls.

All other information will be communicated in due time.

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