From: Ángela Almela <angelalmum.es>
Subject: International Journal of English Studies
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Full Title: International Journal of English Studies
Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2011
Call for Contributions
IJES - International Journal of English Studies (2012)
A New Approach to Literature: Corpus Linguistics
Computer-aided research based on the large amount of linguistic corpora
available, ensures the reliability of the findings, revealing patterns of
usage of which linguists had only a vague notion or even no knowledge at
all. It seems that this approach can appeal to all linguists who would like
to see the findings of linguistic science grounded in real language and not
in theoretically-based constructs. Not only linguists, but also any
philologist working with literary texts can benefit from corpus
linguistics, which can cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from the
quantitative relationship between lexis, morphology and syntax to the
issues of morality, feminism or sexism in language.
The tools developed within the framework of corpus linguistics provide a
convenient construct for studying, among other subjects, how a writer uses
certain words and phrases, whether there are specific patterns in his/her
use of language, and what issues these patterns may identify. This kind of
research can make a substantial contribution in bringing together corpus
data, linguistic analysis and stylistic interpretation. This work may
address a wide range of fundamental questions concerning the nature of
linguistic and literary originality and creativity, and how corpus data can
be used (or misused) in assessing a particular author or text in this regard.
The objective of this issue of IJES is to propagate this new approach to
literature by presenting papers from a broad variety of research
methodologies, including interdisciplinary research. This monograph intends
to offer a new computational outlook for broadening the scope of literary
analysis. In this way, we welcome papers which examine any kind of literary
text from a corpus perspective.
Published twice a year, IJES attracts contributions from both nationally
and internationally acclaimed scholars and is indexed, among others, in
DICE, ISOC, MLA, IBZ, LLBA and Academic Search Complete.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Quantitative aspects of literary genres
- Resources and techniques for the study of literature using corpora
- The interface of corpus linguistics and stylistics
- The interface of forensic linguistics and stylometry
- Corpus annotation as a means of performing a thorough analysis of
linguistic features in literary texts
- The role of computational stylistics in the teaching of literature
- Creativity in language, as analysed by means of corpus evidence
- Stylometric study of the idiolects of literary characters
- Theoretical and practical problems with the use of corpora in literary study
- Computer stylometry in practice
Please submit full papers (7,000-8,000 words) in English and a short
author's statement by June 15, 2011, with notification and reviews by July
30. Final manuscripts will be due November 30, 2011. Guidelines for authors
can be found on the IJES website (http://www.um.es/ijes/index.php).
Proposals must be submitted through the Open Journal System (OJS) at
After logging in as an 'author', you will receive your password and be able
to enter the system. Select 'International Journal of English Studies',
then 'SECTION', '12.2', 'Start a new submission', and follow the instructions.
More INFO about the Journal: www.um.es/ijes
Dr. Irina Keshabyan & Ángela Almela, MA
University of Murcia
868 88 3863
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