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FYI: New Book Series on Historical Sociolinguistics


Author: Wim Vandenbussche

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
History of Linguistics

FYI Body: Historical Sociolinguistics
Studies on Language and Society in the Past

Series Editors:
Nils Langer (University of Bristol)
Stephan ElspaƟ (Universitaet Salzburg)
Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin; Madison)
Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The interdisciplinary field of Historical Sociolinguistics seeks to reveal the impact of language development on society and the role of individuals and society in the changing forms and usage of language. This book series is aimed at sociolinguists and social historians who are keen to publish studies on the social history of languages, the interaction of linguistic practices and society, and the sociological significance of linguistic variation with a historical dimension. The purpose of the series is to provide empirically supported studies that will challenge and advance current language historiographies, which often continue to present the history of particular languages as necessarily leading to the creation of a standard or prestige variety. Of particular interest are topics such as the following: language myths and language ideology, historical multilingualism and the formation of nation-states, the sociolinguistics of minority and regional languages, the rise of urban vernaculars, immigrants and their languages, the role of prescriptive grammarians, and the social history of pidgins and creoles.

Book proposals from historians and linguists working on any language in any period are welcome, in particular those that include a comparative dimension as well as those with a strong empirical foundation. The preferred language of publication is English.

All publications will be peer reviewed; the four series editors and twenty-five members of the advisory board are all members of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) .

Advisory Board:
Anita Auer (Utrecht), Jack Chambers (Toronto), Steffan Davies (Bristol), Ana Deumert (Cape Town), Jose del Valle (CUNY), Martin Durrell (Manchester), Robert Evans (Oxford), Kristine Horner (Sheffield), Elin Fredsted (Flensburg), Roisin Healy (Galway), Juan Hernandez-Campoy (Murcia), Robert Howell (Wisconsin-Madison), Ernst Hakon Jahr (Agder), Mari Jones (Cambridge), Andrew Linn (Sheffield), Anthony Lodge (St Andrews), Nicola McLelland (Nottingham), Miriam Meyerhoff (Auckland), Agnete Nesse (Bergen), Terttu Nevalainen (Helsinki), Gijsbert Rutten (Leiden), Joachim Scharloth (Dresden), Peter Trudgill (Agder), Marijke van der Wal (Leiden), Laura Wright (Cambridge)

For more information, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp, Commissioning Editor, Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK.
Email: l.plapp@peterlang.com.
Tel: +44(0)1865 514160.
Peter Lang www.peterlang.com

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