Welcome to SAALA

Southern African Applied Linguistics Association

The Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) is a professional association of scholars who are interested in, and actively contributing to, the multidisciplinary field of applied linguistics. Founded in 1980, SAALA's prime objectives are to promote research by means of an annual conference and workshops; through affiliation with other organisations with similar interests, and through facilitating the distribution and exchange of information.


February 1, 2016

SAALA is one of several societies in Southern Africa concerned with linguistics and applied language studies. Together, SAALA and LSSA/LVSA publish a journal, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and, jointly with SAALT, host an annual conference. Our latest collaboration involves the establishment of SIGs, Special Interest Groups, which span the societies and draw […]

SAALA 2016 UWC Second call for papers

January 14, 2016

2016 LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Joint Annual Conference 4-7 July 2016 : University of the Western Cape 2nd Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals You are invited to submit an abstract for a contributed oral or poster presentation for the LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Conference 2016, to be held at the University […]

UWC Workshop: Prof Ben Rampton and Dr Adam Lefstein: ‘Key concepts and methods in ethnography, language & communication’. 10 – 12 Feb 2016

Announcement: Workshop with Prof Ben Rampton & Dr Adam Lefstein When: Wed 10 – Fri 12 February 2016, 09.00 – 16.00. Venue: TBA, Bellville, Cape Town. Cost: R500 for three days. ‘Key concepts and methods in ethnography, language & communication’ Is ‘qualitative data analysis’ too vague for you? Are you wondering how to do justice […]

Linguistics in a transforming South Africa

November 17, 2015

Call for expressions of interest Linguistics in a transforming South Africa: perspectives on curriculum, research and disciplinary practice A joint initiative of SAALA & LSSA 20 to 22 January 2016 Rhodes University, Grahamstown SAALA and LSSA/LVSA are joining together to host a gathering of linguists in South Africa in order to facilitate the transformation of […]

SAALA/LSSA/SAALT 2015 First Call for papers

November 5, 2014

The First Call for papers for next year’s joint conference is here: http://www.nwu.ac.za/sites/www.nwu.ac.za/files/files/f-letwys/jointconf/LSSA-SAALA-SAALT%20Conf%202015%20First%20Announcement.pdf The closing date is 27 February 2015.  Hope to see everyone there!

Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Funding for Literacy research at Rhodes

October 17, 2014

The Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes invites applications to the Postgraduate research programme: Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Linguistic and social partnerships in Foundation-Phase Learning in African languages. The research programme explores the relation between formal and applied linguistics and Foundation-Phase literacy education, specifically focussing on the contributions that can be made by […]

SAALA on Facebook

October 10, 2014

If you are a regular user of Facebook, you might be interested in our facebook group for SAALA, available at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/553502371329985/?fref=ts Please note that joining the facebook group is not the same as becoming a formal member of SAALA.

Re-activation of affiliation with AILA

June 12, 2014

Some news to motivate you to join us and to maintain your memberhsip! We are in the process of re-activating membership of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (the acronym is for the French name). Have a look at the website to see what the benefits are for members: http://www.aila.info/en/members/benefits-for-members.html) The final decision will be […]

New British Council Grants from TIRF — Africa

March 28, 2014

TIRF — The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics: •Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, and the Professions •Language […]

2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00

February 26, 2014

Dear Colleagues, You are all cordially invited to attend the 2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference, which will be held at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00. Admission is free. The keynote speaker, Rebecca Mlynarczyk, will be giving a paper entitled “Story Telling and Academic Discourse: Including More Voices into the […]