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LINGUIST List 23.5249

Fri Dec 14 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics/ Language Policy (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Dec-2012
From: Julia de Bres <julia.debresuni.lu>
Subject: Sociolinguistics/ Language Policy (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Language Policy


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2013

Call for papers: Language policies on social network sites

The journal Language Policy announces a call for papers for a thematic issue on language policies on social network sites.

Note: This is a summary of the call for papers to accommodate the LINGUIST List word limit. For a copy of the full call please email julia.debresuni.lu

This issue aims to bring together trends at the forefront of research on computer mediated communication (CMC) and language policy. Research on language in the new media has been growing quickly in recent years, spanning a great range of online environments, including gaming, chat systems, discussion forums, media sharing sites and blogs. Some of this research focuses on social network sites, but this has tended to concentrate mostly on language practices and discourses (e.g. code-switching, language play, identity construction) and not on the language policies that guide them. Meanwhile, the discipline of language policy in the past decade has developed research beyond official language policies of national governments to language policies occurring within less official contexts such as workplaces and homes, and formal and less formal models of language policy, also including 'language policing' initiated by individuals. Yet the media domain receives little attention in language policy research, especially with regards to recent developments in the new media, particularly social network sites. Thus, this thematic issue aims to extend this research and to bring together studies on CMC and language policies that are relevant to both areas.

The issue seeks to draw together research on a range of topics relating to language policies on social network sites, including:

•-Language policies in different parts of social network systems, e.g. applications, group pages, individual pages;

-•Language policy activity at different levels, from the macro level of the language policies of social network sites as corporations, to the meso level of language policies of groups, to the micro level of individuals' language policing of others, along with interactions between these levels;

•-Language ideologies in relation to language policies on social network sites and how individuals try to influence language practices on these sites to serve their own interests;

•-Dynamic processes of mutual influence between language policies on social network sites and the language practices of social network site users;

•-Constraints on the development and implementation of language policies on social network sites due to the technical features of the social network interface;

•-The use of social network sites as a means of achieving language policy goals in off-line contexts, such as the promotion of minority languages or opposition to national language policies.

The thematic issue seeks to cover social network sites of diverse national origins, for example those originating from the US (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), China (e.g. Sina Weibo, Renren) and a number of countries in Europe (e.g. Hyves, Tuenti), and to include a range of national and linguistic contexts in which these sites are now used.

All papers will undergo full peer review. Those interested in contributing should submit a title and abstract (up to 300 words) to the guest editor of the thematic issue, Julia de Bres (julia.debresuni.lu), by 1 April 2013. After an initial abstract selection process, authors will be invited to submit full papers for double-blind peer review by 1 October 2013. The issue is envisaged for publication in late 2014.


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