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Thu Feb 09 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics/ Social Semiotics (Jrnl)

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        1.     Mark Robinson , Social Semiotics

Message 1: Social Semiotics
Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: Mark Robinson <mark.robinsontandf.co.uk>
Subject: Social Semiotics
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Full Title: Social Semiotics

Call Deadline: 02-Mar-2012

Special Issue of 'Social Semiotics'

Topic: Objects and language in trans-contextual communication

Guest editors:
Gabriele Budach (Southampton), Catherine Kell (Cape Town) & Donna Patrick

The study of objects has a long history in modern philosophy, anthropology
and in semiotics. Central to this work has been the study of objects and their
meanings in relation to material culture, the arts, fashion, and design. This
special issue adds to this research with a specific focus on 'objects and
language' and the role played by non-linguistic objects in shaping linguistic
communicative and social processes across contexts.

The study of objects has not been at the centre of linguistic study so far, but
can shed new light on central questions of sociolinguistic enquiry. Objects
carry meaning and instantiate power and ideology in situations of
communication. As objects move, they enter into new ensembles of
participant frameworks, bundles of semiotic and discursive resources and
associated artefacts. They thereby elicit shifting social interactions and
language practices and recontextualise knowledge and social hierarchies in
different environments. Studying such practices offers new ways to
understand how material culture and language practices are connected and
how power and ideologies are distributed across contexts. This new approach
benefits both studies on material culture and linguistics. More broadly, this
special issue will contribute to a new area of study for social semiotics which
addresses the call for a 'spatialisation of social sciences' and for which we
propose to develop a framework for 'trans-contextual' analysis.

We invite papers that explore the role of objects and their associated social
and socio-linguistic interactions across space and time. Papers should
consider the role of objects in terms of their impact on shaping broader social
processes, language ideologies, and relations of power. Such objects can
include linguistic texts (both analogue and digital), together with non-animate
objects (like jewellery, concrete blocks, fishing rods, toys and so on) and
other culturally assembled pieces, like fashion items and artistic productions
which are recontextualised as they cross time and space. We welcome
papers, from a broad and interdisciplinary range of conceptual frameworks
(e.g. New Literacy Studies, social semiotics and multimodality, discourse
analysis, social geography, linguistic ethnography, communication and
cultural studies) that study the role of objects in trans-contextual encounters
and their social impact.


Submission of abstract: March 2, 2012.

Submission of manuscript: August 27, 2012

If you wish to contribute to this special issue, please submit an abstract of
500 words including a title and key references to Gabriele Budach

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