LINGUIST List 4.754

Sat 25 Sep 1993

FYI: New Journal, New List

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  1. Ronnie Wilbur, International Journal of Sign Linguistics
  2. , New List: Armenian

Message 1: International Journal of Sign Linguistics

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 93 12:10:16 ESInternational Journal of Sign Linguistics
From: Ronnie Wilbur <WILBURPURCCVM.bitnet>
Subject: International Journal of Sign Linguistics

The International Journal of Sign Linguistics is the society journal
of the International Sign Linguistics Association. The aim of the
Association, and thus of the journal, is to promote the linguistic study
of sign languages.

The journal publishes fully reviewed contributions on all aspects of
sign linguistics: articles on neurolinguistics, applied linguistics,
psycholinguistics, semiotics, semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology
and phonetics are all welcome if they bear directly upon the study of
sign languages. Papers on cognitive linguistics, natural gesture, or on
'primate signing' will be included insofar as they illuminate the linguistic
aspects of sign. Book reviews and other short pieces are also acceptable.

The main editors of the journal are William Edmondson and Ronnie Wilbur,
with Trude Schermer as book reviews and special issues editor. The editorial
board also includes Brita Bergman, Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Susan Fischer,
Robert Johnson, Willem Levelt, and John Marshall.

The journal has been slow to appear and now has a backlog of material in
revision and awaiting publication. The editors of the IJSL are investigating
the possibility of having Pergamon Press Ltd. take over the publication of
the journal, allowing regular publication and accurate issue/publication dates.
As this would effectively mean the relaunch of the journal, we
would like to take this opportunity to invite comments from the linguistics
community in general, as well as from those in sign linguistics.

There may be an opportunity to be innovative with publishing techniques.
The journal could be launched in a double format - printed edition
available for subscribers and for archiving, electronic edition available
over the networks, with video clips of sign data included (thus making
linguistic examples much more readily studied by the research community).
Alternatively, and in some ways more equitably, the journal could be
printed with CDrom discs included inside the back cover, with all the
video samples, appropriate software.... (perhaps one disc per year, if
not one per issue). Both options require the subscriber to have (access to)
appropriate machines, but the second is possibly preferable because the
hardware is more readily available, and not too expensive.

We would like to have your views on the future of our journal. Are there
current developments in the field which need to be reflected, even
emphasised, in such a journal? Would you write for the journal? Would you
or your library subscribe? Does the electronic format, or enhancement,
interest you?

Please send your comments to me

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Message 2: New List: Armenian

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 93 15:42:15 PDNew List: Armenian
From: <>
Subject: New List: Armenian

I am sending this to Linguist for the information of subscribers.
Would any specialists in Armenian and Georgian, also please get
in touch with me directly.

Michael Everson
School of Architecture, UCD; Richview, Clonskeagh; Dublin 14; E/ire
Phone: +353 1 706-2745 Fax: +353 1 283-8908 Home: +353 1 478-2597


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