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Tue Aug 16 2011

FYI: Pragmatics of African English in Digital Discourse

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        1.     Rotimi Taiwo , Pragmatics of African English in Digital Discourse

Message 1: Pragmatics of African English in Digital Discourse
Date: 16-Aug-2011
From: Rotimi Taiwo <ferotaiyahoo.com>
Subject: Pragmatics of African English in Digital Discourse
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Call for Book Contributions:
Pragmatics of African English in Digital Discourse

Innocent Chiluwa, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria; Presley Ifukor,
University of Osnabrueck, Germany & Rotimi Taiwo, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ife, Nigeria

The proposed publication aims at harnessing research results in the
pragmatics of the varieties of English in Africa in the context of
Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). We encourage papers
representing current state of the art research in linguistics/discourse
pragmatics seen in the broad sense as a functional (i.e. social and
cultural) perspective on digital discourse.

We invite scholars doing research in any of the varieties of new world
Englishes particularly of African origin (e.g. Nigerian English,
Cameroonian English, Kenyan English, South African English, Sierra
Leonean English, Kenyan English, Tanzanian English etc) and CMC to
submit proposals in the following subject areas:

- Electronic Mailing (Email)
- Instant Messaging (IM)
- Internet Relay Chats (IRC)
- Text messaging (SMS)
- Blogging
- Discussion forum
- Virtual community
- YouTube
- Twitter
- Facebook, etc.

Papers should highlight features of African English and show how
these manifest in any of the above forms of CMC applying the following
pragmatic principles/approaches:
- speech act theory
- Gricean, neo-Gricean and post-Gricean analysis of linguistic
- relevance theory
- (im)politeness
- pragmatic presupposition
- deixis
- intercultural pragmatics etc.

Submission Procedure:
Interested scholars and researchers are encouraged to submit a one-
page chapter proposal on or before November 30, 2011, clearly stating
the purpose of the chapter, its contents and how the proposed chapter
meets the overall objectives of the proposed publication. A proposal
should include the following information:

(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of author(s),
(c) Affiliation
(d) Email

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Authors
of accepted proposals will be notified by December 31, 2011. Upon
acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until March 31, 2012
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. The
book is tentatively scheduled to be published in third quarter of 2012
by one of Europe’s top language series publishers.

Please e-mail all inquiries and proposal submissions to:

Full contact:
Dr Innocent Chiluwa
Department of Languages,
Covenant University, Ota
+234 803 353 6952

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

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