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Mon Feb 20 2012

Calls: Writing Systems/ Writing Systems Research (Jrnl)

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        1.     Vivian Cook , Writing Systems Research

Message 1: Writing Systems Research
Date: 20-Feb-2012
From: Vivian Cook <Vivian.Cookncl.ac.uk>
Subject: Writing Systems Research
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Full Title: Writing Systems Research

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2012

Invitation to Contribute to a Special Issue of Writing Systems Research on
Writing Systems at Play

Writing Systems Research (now published by Taylor and Francis) are still
inviting contributions to a special issue on Writing Systems at Play. The
special issue will deal with a range of aspects of the writing system at play.
The following are suggested topics, with some web-links to examples; other
ideas within this topic will be welcome.

- Eye dialect attempts to convey the flavour of dialect speech rather than the
actual pronunciation, e.g. English < wot >. To what extent is this tradition still
alive in different languages? Does it discriminate against non-standard

- Typographical layout. The writing system can be used to convey meaning in
unorthodox ways in concrete poetry, for example Herbert's Easter Wings in
the shape of angels' wings, or the Arabic calligraphic versions of the
Bismillah, say as a bird. http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herbert/wings.htm

- Advertisement (commercial function). Some advertisements trade on the
form of letters, for example the < K > of 'Kellogg's' or the < M > of
'McDonalds', an exploitation of Frith's logographic principle. How does this
vary cross-culturally?

- Conventional spelling neologisms. Some writing systems have conventional
alternative spellings for particular genres and identities, e.g. the traditional < k
> for < c > spelling in < Krusty the Clown > and < Kwikfit >. Are these cross-
linguistic conventions? Have they changed at all say for Twitter?

- Human letter forms. From the Devil's Alphabet in which letters take the form
of devils to police advertisement where < KNIVES > is shaped from knives to
barbers' signs incorporating scissors, it is a tradition to make letter shapes
out of other objects.

- Calligraphy. In some places calligraphy is art, in others it is religion. The
decorative aspects of writing symbols are a vital part of many cultures.

- Text in art. A subgenre in contemporary art uses a motif of text, for example
Jenny Holzer's Redaction Paintings LED installation using declassified texts
from the Iraq War. What are the characteristics of such texts, for example the
overwhelming use of capital letters? Is it language, meta-language, or what?

- 'Lishes' is one name for the use of one script to depict another, such as
Greeklish, Arablish, Chinglish (but not the meaning of ungrammatical display
English also known by these names). This emerging transferred uses of
scripts for the internet and for public notices across many countries needs

- Ambigrams - the stylized depiction of letters or word illusions, e.g., a given
word when rotated reveals another word, etc.

Those who would like to contribute to these special issues on these lines are
invited to contact Vivian Cook, joint editor of WSR, Vivian.Cookncl.ac.uk

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