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LINGUIST List 21.2448

Thu Jun 03 2010

FYI: New Deadline: Computer Mediated Communication in Africa

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        1.    Rotimi Taiwo, New Deadline: Computer Mediated Communication in Africa

Message 1: New Deadline: Computer Mediated Communication in Africa
Date: 31-May-2010
From: Rotimi Taiwo <ferotaiyahoo.com>
Subject: New Deadline: Computer Mediated Communication in Africa
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The Internet is the modern means of connecting billions of people spread
all over the world, providing opportunities for exchange of information and
interpersonal communication. Since their introduction to the continent,
Internet and mobile telecommunications have radically changed the
communication culture in the continent.

Unlike the rest of the world, the penetration of Internet in Africa is very
limited, the continent has experienced tremendous growth in the mobile
services market, Africa being the world's fastest growing mobile market
with an annual rate of 65%, which is twice the global average. Internet
World Stats as at March 2009 gave the total number of Internet users in
Africa as 54,171,500. This represents 5.6% of world's 1,596,270,108
Internet users.

Africa being the most linguistically diversified continent in the world
faces some challenges in the use of the various modes of computer-mediated
communication (CMC). Most studies on CMC up-to-date focus mainly on Europe,
America, Australia and Asia. This publication has a primary objective of
bringing together perspectives of scholars based on in-depth basic,
foundational, macro as well as micro-linguistic research on the use of CMC
in Africa.

Papers to be submitted may be based on qualitative, quantitative,
descriptive, and historical research on the specific linguistic and
sociolinguistic features of CMC and the socio-cultural adaptation of the
technologies of CMC for communication in the African setting. The
prospective subject areas to be covered include but are not limited to the
- Electronic mailing
- Instant messaging
- Social networking
- Text messaging
- Blogging
- Discussion forum
- Virtual community
- Online behavior (spamming, scamming, flaming, cyber-bullying, etc)
- CMC in language teaching and learning contexts
- CMC and literacy
- Language mixing in CMC
- Indigenous languages in CMC
- Stylistic devices in CMC
- Chat rooms, Internet Relay Chats (IRCs)
- Paralinguistic features of CMC (emoticons, pragmatic rules)
- Video conferencing
- Bulletin Boards
- Discourse features (turn-taking, coherence, conversational structure, etc)
- Multimodality in CMC
- Online communities
- Multi-user Dungeons (MUDs)
- Media Sharing Sites (MSSs)
- Face and Politeness in CMC
- Multilingual Internet
- Gender in CMC

Submission Procedure: Researchers, scholars and professionals who are
working on CMC in Africa are invited to submit on or before July 30, 2010,
a chapter proposal of not more than 2 pages, clearly stating the purpose of
the chapter and its contents, as well as how the proposed chapter relates
to the overall objectives of the handbook.
A proposal should contain the following information:

(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of author(s),
(c) E-mail address and affiliation
(d) Specific details on area to be covered

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Authors of
accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2010. Upon acceptance of
their proposals, authors will have until October 30, 2010 to prepare their
chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent
upon acceptance of proposals. Authors will be notified about
acceptance/rejection of chapters on December 30, 2010. The editors have
contacted book is tentatively scheduled to be published in 2011 by one of
Germany's top language series publishers.

Please e-mail all inquiries and proposal submissions to: ferotaiyahoo.com

Author's full contact: Dr Rotimi Taiwo
Department of English,
Obafemi Awolowo University, 220005, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
+234 803 9746, +234 805 460 2681

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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