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Fri Oct 11 1996

FYI: WRITTEN LANGUAGE & LITERACY - forthcoming journal

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  1. BRIGHT WILLIAM, Prospectus

Message 1: Prospectus

Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 07:18:13 MDT
From: BRIGHT WILLIAM <brightwspot.Colorado.EDU>
Subject: Prospectus
A journal forthcoming from
John Benjamins Publishers, Amsterdam

A new journal, entitled Written Language & Literacy (WLL), is to
be issued by John Benjamins Publishers, Amsterdam, under the
editorship of Prof. William Bright of the University of
Colorado, Boulder. The journal will contain articles, book
reviews, and brief notes. It will be published initially in two
issues per year, totaling about 300 pages, and including book
reviews as well as articles. Information about subscription rates
etc. will be distributed by the publishers in the near future.

SUBJECT MATTER. The journal will be concerned with two major
aspects of written language: (a) the structures, histories,
typologies, and functions of the writing systems (scripts) used
by the languages of the world; and (b) literacy, i.e. the
institutionalized use of written language, from the
interdisciplinary viewpoints of linguistics, anthropology,
sociology, psychology, education, literature, and book
arts. These closely linked fields have recently come to
increasing attention among scholars, as is shown by the recent
publication of The World's Writing Systems, ed. by P. T. Daniels
& W. Bright (New York: Oxford University Press); the encyclopedic
Schrift und Schriftlichkeit ("Script and literacy", 2 vols.,
Berlin: de Gruyter); The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing
Systems, by Florian Coulmas; and a new monographic series on
literacy, "Studies in written language & literacy,", ed. by Brian
Street and Ludo Verhoeven (Amsterdam: Benjamins).

SAMPLE TOPICS. Typology of scripts; historical development of
scripts; descriptive analysis of scripts; decipherment of ancient
scripts; formal and functional relationships between scripts and
spoken languages; semiotics of written language (as contrasted
with speech); pragmatics of written language; invention of
scripts; adaptation of scripts to new languages; orthographic
design and reform; psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects
of the processes of writing, reading, and literacy; calligraphic
and typographic adaptations of scripts; cultural, social,
psychological, and political implications of scripts; related
notational systems (numerical, mathematical, musical etc.);
ethnolinguistic aspects of literacy (as contrasted with orality);
sociolinguistics of literacy; cognitive models of script choice
and of literacy; interaction between the literate and
non-literate worlds; cross-cultural and cross-linguistic studies
of literacy; the roles of written, printed, and computationally
processed language with respect to spoken language and human

THE EDITOR. William Bright taught linguistics and anthropology at
UCLA from 1959 to 1988; since then he has been associated with
the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was editor of the journal
Language from 1966 to 1988, served on the editorial board of the
book arts journal Fine Print (San Francisco), and is currently
editor of the sociolinguistic journal Language in Society
(Cambridge U. Press).

EDITORIAL BOARD. The editorial board will include three Associate
Editors, who will provide consultation on editorial policy in
both general and particular cases: Janet Shibamoto Smith
(Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Davis), Brian
Street (King's College, London, England), and Ludo Verhoeven
(School of Education, University of Nijmegen, The
Netherlands). In addition, there will be fifteen Advisory
Editors, to whom specific manuscripts will be regularly referred:

Niko Besnier, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Bigelow & Holmes, Kula, Maui, Hawaii.
Florian Coulmas, Chuo University, Tokyo.
Peter T. Daniels, Chicago.
Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University.
Martha Macri, University of California, Davis.
Lise Menn, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Anna Morpurgo Davies, Oxford University.
David Olson, Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, Toronto.
Richard Salomon, University of Washington.
Ronald Scollon, City University of Hong Kong.
William Smalley, Hamden, CT.
Sumiko Sasanuma, International University of Health & Welfare, Ohtawara,
Daniel Wagner, University of Pennsylvania.
William S-Y. Wang, University of California, Berkeley.

EDITORIAL POLICY: WLL will aim to encourage international and
interdisciplinary contributions, to be open to a broad variety of
theoretical views, and to give preference to work which
integrates data with conceptual and methodological concerns.

MANUSCRIPTS should be submitted in 3 copies to William Bright,
Editor, 1625 Mariposa, Boulder, Colorado 80302, USA. For further
information, contact
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