14-16 February 2014: North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL)

The 42nd annual meeting of the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 42) will be held at Leiden University in the Netherlands, from Friday 14 February 2014 through Sunday 16 February 2014.

NACAL offers a venue for the presentation and discussion of original research on linguistic topics relevant to the languages of the Afroasiatic phylum (Chadic, Berber, Cushitic, Omotic, Egyptian, and Semitic). Topics related to all aspects of Afroasiatic languages, including phonology, morphology, syntax, comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics, and epigraphy, will be considered. These topics should only be considered as general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive.

The theme for NACAL 42 will be ‘classification’. In line with this theme, submissions dealing with the classification and sub-classification of Afroasiatic languages are solicited, though no original submission will be rejected on account of its subject, so long as it relates to the languages of the Afroasiatic phylum and meets the scholarly standards established by previous conferences.


The Keynote speaker this year will be Prof. dr. Maarten Mous (Leiden University).

Program and Abstracts

You can find the program here. The abstracts you can find here. Please note that we will not provide for printed copies of the abstract. If you would like to have a hard copy during the conference, please print out the abstracts yourself in advance.

Call for papers

Abstracts describing the precise topic treated with a length of approximately 200-300 words can be sent as an electronic version (pdf and MS word document) to afroasiatic@gmail.com, or as a paper copy to the following address:

Ahmad Al-Jallad
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Leiden Institute for Area Studies
Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25 / M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.07B

The deadline for submission is 15 October 2013. We encourage online registration, for which please visit our website at www.nacal.org. The authors of successful submissions will be notified by 1 November 2013.


Participants should register via our 'paylogic' registration and payment system. Registration costs €50 ($75 dollars) and €30 ($45 dollars) for students, retired faculty, and those from soft-currency countries.

Registration may be made at any point up to the time of the conference. The fee should be paid via the online system which accepts visa, mastercard and IDeal (for the Dutch). In case of any problems with this system, please contact us.

Travel information

Arriving by plane
Leiden is only 20 minutes by train from the main Dutch airport ‘Schiphol Amsterdam International Airport’.
Other Dutch airports relatively close to Leiden, mainly used by low-cost european carriers, are Rotterdam Airport and Eindhoven Airport.
From Rotterdam Airport: busses from Rotterdam Airport to the Rotterdam Central Train Station depart frequently and takes about 20 minutes. From Rotterdam Central Train Station it will take you about 30-40 minutes to travel to Leiden Central Train Station.
From Eindhoven Airport it will on average take you 2-3 hours to get to Leiden.

Arriving by train
Leiden's Railway Station connects Leiden directly with the major Dutch cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague). When arriving with an international train at one of these stations you can find trains directly to Leiden at all hours of the day. Trips can be planned online on the website of the Dutch Railroad Company.

Opposite the Leiden Central Train Station you will find the Leiden Visitor Centre, they can provide you with further directions for your visit to Leiden.

Arriving by car
Leiden is reachable via the Dutch highways A4 (Amsterdam - The Hague) and A44 (Amsterdam - Delft). You can use the Michelin Routeplanner to schedule and plan your trip.

Conference Dinner

Registered participants are invited to the conference dinner, which will be held on Saturday evening. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.


Participants are asked to reserve their own hotel. There are a number of possibilities in the area, all of which are in walking distance from the University of Leiden. For some suggestions, follow this link. Feel free to contact us for more information or assistance.


To go to the web page of NACAL: click here.

Last Modified: 11-02-2014