We are please to announce that all articles published before 2002 are now
available for free download. The latest issues to be added are Volume 1 Number 2 and Volume 2.
Use the Article Search options to find articles on specific languages or
language families, or 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
The Editor apologises to
late subscribers for the delay in delivering copies of Volume 39 No. 1 (2012).
The stock copies were lost in transit, and our now being replaced. They will be
delivered as soon as the are available.
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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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.
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
Keir L. Hansford (Editor)
Ngessimo M. Mutaka (Assistant Editor)
Beban S. Chumbow
Felix K. Ameka
H. Ekkehard Wolff