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Sat Oct 16 2010
Calls: Applied Ling/Writing Systems/Writing Systems Research (Jrnl)
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1. Ellie Graves ,
Writing Systems Research
Message 1: Writing Systems Research
From: Ellie Graves <eleanor.gravesoup.com>
Subject: Writing Systems Research
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Full Title: Writing Systems Research
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Writing Systems
Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2011
INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO TWO FORTHCOMING SPECIAL ISSUES
OF WRITING SYSTEMS RESEARCH
Special Issue on L2 Writing Systems
Seeing how many people today know more than one language, research into
how second writing systems are learnt and used is of growing importance.
We invite manuscripts describing original research or state-of-the-art
accounts of the acquisition, use, processing, or impairment of second
language writing systems that differ in typology or context of acquisition from
first language writing systems. The focus may be on ease of acquisition,
processing implications, or a linguistic analysis. The following are suggested
topics; other ideas within this framework will be welcome.
- What is the nature of spelling in a second language? Manuscripts
addressing this question could look at what generalisations can be made
about L2 spelling development and the source of problems across languages,
for example the relevance of phonology, and regional dialect for Arabic users
of English. Specific accounts of L2 writing system from different languages
are invited, particularly concerning languages other than English as the first
or second writing system.
- What is known today of transfer of processing from one writing system to
another? Manuscripts on this issue could look not only at the broad issues of
transfer between sound-based and meaning-based writing systems, such as
English and Chinese, but also at transfer between different scripts, such as
Cyrillic and Arabic, or between languages with the same sound-based
alphabet but different degrees of transparency, say Italian and German.
- How do young children acquire two writing systems? Comparing mono-
literacy with biliteracy, looking at problems and benefits, say for Arabic-
speaking children in England.
- What are the issues with the use of keyboard systems involving two writing
systems, for instance inputting Japanese kanji via a Roman keyboard?
- What theoretical and methodological issues does research into second
writing systems raise for writing system research in general?
Special Issue on Writing Systems at Play
A vital part of all writing systems is the ability to deviate systematically from
the conventions to entertain, to assert identity, to achieve literary effect, or
for many other reasons. The special issue will deal with a range of aspects of
the writing system at play. The following are suggested topics, with some
web-links to examples; other ideas within this topic will be welcome.
- Eye dialect
- Typographical layout.
- Advertisement (commercial function).
- Conventional spelling neologisms.
- Human letter forms.
- Text in art.
- 'Lishes' is one name for the use of one script to depict another, such as
Greeklish, Arablish, Chinglish (but not the meaning of ungrammatical display
English also known by these names).
Those who would like to contribute to these special issues are invited to
contact Vivian Cook, Jyotsna Vaid, or Benedetta Bassetti, WSR Editors
Please submit online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wsr clearly
indicating that you are submitting for a special issue, and which one you are
All submissions must be received by the end of March 2011.
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