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LINGUIST List 23.3314

Mon Aug 06 2012

FYI: Call for Papers: Language in the Discourse of African Democracy

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Aug-2012
From: Henry Hunjo <henry.hunjolasu.edu.ng>
Subject: Call for Papers: Language in the Discourse of African Democracy
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Call for Papers: Language in the Discourse of African Democracy

African nations in the twentieth century have had to contend with
political crises resulting in taking decisive steps in shifting from one
political system to another. West African states, for instance, have had
to shift from military rule to democracy. Similar shifts in
political systems have also been observed in the Central and Eastern
African nations. Countries of the Southern African region have
also had political system changes that marked the region for study.
South Africa apartheid region collapsed, opening the political
sphere in the region for democratic practices. More African countries
are experiencing new waves of political changes that call for
study. The Arab nations of the North of Africa suddenly rose to
embrace democratic rule. The processes involved in the evolution of
a new political system brought with them contexts of language use in
the negotiation of power, interest advocacy, political group
formations and the shaping and reshaping of ideologies. It is important
for scholars to study the language of democratic practices on
the political sphere of Africa. Questions that require consideration for
answers revolve around the historical and political antecedents
of the nations and the colonial/postcolonial experiences that
necessitate the embracing of democracy alternative to governance.
Issues surrounding the influence of the West, European Union and
Asia on the emergence of new democracy in Africa must also be
taken into consideration. Well-researched academic papers are,
therefore, invited from scholars in the field of Critical Discourse
Analysis, Pragmatics, Stylistics, Media Discourse, Semiotics, Linguistic-
Anthropology, Sociology and Literary Criticism on the subject
matter. Scholars are free to develop sub-themes across disciplines.
Contributors could also consider topical issues around
- Language (English) in conflict resolution in Africa
- The English language and legislation
- Campaigns, electoral process and the English language
- Media, Democracy and Governance
- Politeness in political discourse
- Implicatures and/or Explicatures in political discourse
- Any other well thought-out topics around the main theme

Papers, which will be accompanied with a 300-word abstract, should
not be more than 15 pages. Authors are free to use either APA
or MLA style in their writings. Accepted contributions that are peer-
reviewed will be published in a book with the title, ''Language in
the Discourse of African Democracy'' in the first quarter of 2013.

Interested contributors can submit their papers electronically as mail
attachment in MSW format, 12pt Times New Roman in 1.5 Line
Spacing to the Editors at henry.hunjolasu.edu.ng,
hunjo4ryyahoo.com or ayodeledotunyahoo.com. The deadline for
the submission of entries is November 30 2012. Authors of accepted
papers will be contacted by the end of December 2012. Final drafts
of papers will be expected at the end of January, 2013.

Dr Henry Hunjo
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Lagos State University, Ojo
08027350429; 08032971644

Dr Ayo Ayodele
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Lagos State University, Ojo

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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