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FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Computer-Mediated Communication in Africa

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Message 1: Call for Book Chapters: Computer-Mediated Communication in Africa
Date: 23-Jan-2010
From: Rotimi Taiwo <ferotaiyahoo.com>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: 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. It provides opportunities for exchange of
information and interpersonal communication. Since their introduction
into Africa, internet and mobile telecommunications have radically
changed the communication culture in the continent. Africa being the
most linguistically diversified continent in the world faces a lot of
challenges in the use of the various modes of Computer-Mediated
Communication (CMC). Most studies on CMC up-to-date have focused
mainly on the West and to some extent Asia. This publication intends to
bring together perspectives of scholars who have been working on
CMC in Africa based on in-depth basic, foundational, macro, as well as
micro, linguistic research. Papers to be submitted may be based on
qualitative, quantitative and historical research on the specific linguistic
and sociolinguistic features of CMC and socio-cultural adaptation of the
technologies of CMC for communication in Africa. The prospective
subject areas to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Electronic mail
- Instant messaging
- Social networking
- Text messaging
- Blogging
- Discussion forum
- Beeping, flashing
- Virtual community
- Online behaviour (spamming, scamming, flaming, cyberbullying, etc)
- CMC in language teaching and learning
- Language mixing in CMC
- Indigenous languages in CMC
- Stylistic devices in CMC
- Discourse features
- Multimodality
- Face and Politeness
- Gender

Submission Procedure:
Researchers, scholars and professionals who are working on CMC in
Africa are invited to submit on or before March 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 objective of the book. A proposal should contain the
folowing information:
(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of the author
(c) Email address and affiliation
(d) Specific details or areas to be covered

Submission should be in Microsoft Word or RichText Format. Authors
of accepted proposals will be notified by April 30, 2010. Upon
acceptance, authors will have till July 30, 2010 to prepare their
chapters of 5000 - 7000 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 August 30, 2010. This book is
tentatively scheduled to be published in 2011.

Please email all enquiries and proposal to: ferotaiyahoo.com

Author's full contact information:
Dr. Rotimi Taiwo
Department of English
Obafemi Awolowo University
220005, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
+234 803 406 0746 or +234 805 460 2681

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

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