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Thu Jun 30 2011

FYI: Call for Papers: A Collection on World Englishes

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        1.     Dirk Noël , Call for Papers: A Collection on World Englishes

Message 1: Call for Papers: A Collection on World Englishes
Date: 30-Jun-2011
From: Dirk Noël <dnoelhku.hk>
Subject: Call for Papers: A Collection on World Englishes
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Proposals for contributions are invited for a collection of articles
provisionally titled ''Diachronic approaches to modality in World
Englishes'', intended for a special issue of an ISI-listed journal. The aim
of this collection would be to offer a platform for research that
approaches the grammar of postcolonial varieties of English from a
historical linguistic perspective. This is a strand in World Englishes
research which has to date remained underdeveloped. The aim would therefore
be to bring together two fields in English language research which have
advanced independently of each other and which have largely led separate
lives: diachronic English linguistics and World Englishes research. The
former's sphere of operation has mostly been confined to the bounds of the
parent variety, while the latter has so far principally been engaged in
synchronic comparisons of the lexicogrammar of the parent variety and
postcolonial Englishes. Differences between the grammars of the parent
variety and ''New Englishes'' have been accounted for in contact linguistic
and language acquisitional terms, or with reference to certain ''universals
of New Englishes'', but rarely are historical linguistic frameworks and
methods brought to bear to explain the peculiarities of the postcolonial
varieties. Contributions are solicited that will explore the necessity of
and ways of addressing this virtual conceptual and methodological lacuna.

The area of modality has been chosen as a testing ground because not only
is it arguably one of the best researched fields in historical English
linguistics, it has also already received considerable attention in World
Englishes research, and this will make it easier to establish the
complementary usefulness of the research apparatus of the former discipline
to the latter's area of investigation.

The editors of the proposed collection would be Dirk Noël (University of
Hong Kong, China), Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
and Bertus van Rooy (North-West University, South Africa).

If you are interested in contributing, please send a (working) title and
abstract to dnoel(at)hku(dot)hk by 15 August.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics


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