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Forthcoming issues

Volume 40 number 2 is now in press and will be shipped soon.

Past articles
We are please to announce that all articles published before 2002 are now available for free download. Use the Article Search options to find articles on specific languages or language families, on a particular topic, or by volume.

New contributor guidelines

Contributors are asked to note that the formatting requirements for papers have changed. See the Contributor page for more details.



African Universities

The JWAL editorial team are keen for the journal to be available in as many West African universities as possible. Special discounts are available. If you would like to see this journal on the shelves of your library, please contact us so that we can help with finding suitable means of payment and shipping.


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The Journal
The purpose of the Journal of West African Languages is to publish articles of good quality and interest in all aspects of language and linguistics that are relevant to the area of West Africa, which may be defined as Sub-Saharan Africa, extending into Central Africa. Journal was founded in 1964 by the West African Linguistic Society , and has been in publication ever since, with gaps in 1972-73 and 1977-81.

When are issues published?
The Journal is published twice yearly, when enough articles are ready for publication, though in some years a single combined volume is published.

Editorial Team
Keir L. Hansford (editor)
P. Ngessimo M. Mutaka (assistant editor)
Past editors have been: 1964-81 L.F. Brosnahan, Robert G. Armstrong, Carl Hoffmann, John Spencer, Maurice Houis, Ben Elugbe, 1982-92 John Bendor-Samuel, 1993-97 Robert Hedinger.

Associate Editors have included Ursula Wiesemann, Pamela Bendor-Samuel, Robert Hedinger, Rhonda Hartell, and Steve Pillinger.

Book Review Editors have included
Lynell Marchese(-Zogbo)

Editorial Board
Keir L. Hansford (Editor)
P. Ngessimo M. Mutaka (Assistant Editor)
Beban S. Chumbow
Felix K. Ameka
H. Ekkehard Wolff


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