The African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) was established in 1979 as a non-discriminatory, non-profit-making association at a conference hosted by the Department of African Languages of the University of South Africa (UNISA).

ALASA has two main aims:

1. to promote interaction between researchers, students and teachers of African languages and literature, and
2. to assist in the promotion of research, language development and effective verbal and written communication in a multilingual society, for example, in matters relating to language planning and policy, education policy and liaison with other organisations with similar interests.

Prize winners:
Linguistics prize:  Dr Victor Mugari (University of Zimbabwe) and Dr Maxwell Kadenge (Wits) (Pure Linguistics)
Dr Jacques Lwaboshi Kayigema (Adventist University of Central Africa- Rwanda) and Prof Davie E. Mutasa (UNISA) (Sociolinguistics)
Literature prize: Andrew Tichaenzana Manyawu (University of Lesotho)          

International Biennial Conference:  2015 – Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Conference website:

Latest ALASA Newsletter (Oct. 2014)

The South African Journal of African Languages is published in association with ALASA. Follow the link to NISC's site for the latest edition.