SOCIÉTÉ DE LINGUISTIQUE DE L’AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST (SLAO)
THE WEST AFRICAN LINGUISTIC SOCIETY (WALS)
The West African Linguistic Society (WALS) is a restricted international scholarly association. Its aims are:
1. to offer membership to and ensure permanent contact among all who are
engaged in the scholarly study of the languages of West Africa, of their
literatures, and of any other linguistic aspects of the area;
2. to initiate, encourage and support scholarly research in this field, both for
scientific purposes and to assist African nations with the linguistic aspects of
their educational and social development;
3. to organise such regular meetings, conferences or congresses as may be
though desirable from time to time, and at least once a year if possible;
4. to publish and assist the publication of the results of scholarly research in this
5. to offer grants for research in this field, whenever practicable and desirable;
6. to establish association or affiliation with any other recognised scholarly
association or international body as may seem desirable, and in particular with
the International Council for Philosophy and the Humanistic Sciences, thereby
entering into official relationship with UNESCO.
Full membership shall entitle members to voting rights on regular payment of the
annual membership fee. Those holding academic positions in teaching or research,
or equivalent in status, shall be eligible to apply for membership of the Society.
Application for membership thereafter must have the sponsorship of two full members of the Society. The Secretary-Treasurer shall review all application for membership
and approve if the applicant is found eligible. The payment of membership annual
dues shall be followed by the formal registration of a new member. The new member
will thereafter be issued a membership Identity Card.
Membership of the Society shall be of three kinds: Honorary Membership; Full
Membership and Associate Membership.
1. Honorary membership shall be conferred by action of the Council with consent
of the full members in congress assembled.
2. Full membership shall entitle members to voting rights on regular payment of
the annual membership fee. Those holding academic positions in teaching or
research, or equivalent in status, who attended the inaugural meeting of the
Society, shall be entitled to be founding members of the Society. Application for
membership thereafter must have the sponsorship of two full members of the
3. Associate membership may be obtained by application to the Secretary-
Treasurer, accompanied by evidence of genuine interest in African language
studies. Associate membership shall entitle the member to attend congress or
other open meetings of the Society. Associate members shall not be entitled to
Those interested in joining the Society should contact:
PAYMENT OF MEMBERSHIP DUES
Old and New Members can pay their annual Membership Dues
- Dollar Account Number: 0283005704
- Account Name: West African Linguistics Society
- Bank: ECOBANK If you are applying to be a Member, download and complete WALS Membership Form below. If you membership has lapsed, download the WALS Membership Reactivation Form below. (all forms are currently in demonstration mode).
The Annual Dues are spread over the following categories
- Old Faculty Member (OFM) = $40 ($20 + $20)
- New Faculty Member (NFM) = $35 ($15 + $20)
- Old Student Member (OSM) = $20 ($10 + $10)
- New Student Member (NSM) = $25 ($10 + $10)
WALS encourages her Members to pay Membership Dues Annually rather than pay once in two years i.e. paying only in the year when the Society holds WALC.