SALALS Conference 2022

27–30 June 2022

The annual conference of the Southern African Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Society (SALALS) will be hosted in Potchefstroom by the North-West University’s School of Languages from 27 to 30 June 2022. This will be an in-person conference. Come and join us for four days of stimulating debate and discussion – we look forward to seeing you in Potchefstroom!

Conference theme: Bridging the gaps

The notion of “bridging gaps” is prominent in linguistic, applied linguistic and language practice research. In linguistics, some scholars are involved in bridging theoretical gaps or interdisciplinary gaps, and there is a call for more scholars to be involved in bridging potential gaps between descriptive work and theory building. In applied linguistic work, for example in the field of language-in-education policy, there is a continuous conversation about the gap between language policies and struggles for implementation. In a recent issue of SALALS (2021), the language practice community addressed the gap between research and language practice.

Contact details:

Conference venue:

Crista Galli Potchefstroom

Address: R501, Thabo Mbeki Rd, 2531, Potchefstroom, South Africa

NWU conference organising committee

  • Nina Brink (main organiser)
  • Johanita Kirsten
  • Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy
  • Paul Nkamta
  • DJ Cloete
  • Monique Rabé
  • Naomi Matthys
  • Chantelle Kruger


  • Henk Louw
  • Maristi Partridge
  • Kristien Andrianatos
  • Zander Janse van Rensburg
  • Malephole Sefotho
  • Gonneke Groenen
  • Natalie Boyd

Sponsors and partners: