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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2014

Call Information:
Call for Papers
Hasidic Yiddish, The International of the Sociology of Language (IJSL)

This is a Call for Papers for a special issue on Hasidic Yiddish for The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL, Mouton de Gruyter).The General Editor of IJSL is Joshua A. Fishman and the Associate Editor, Ofelia Garcia. The special issue will be edited by Netta Abugov from Antwerp University.

While historical Yiddish dialects has long been in the limelight of linguistic query, less attention has been directed to careful empirical research on contemporary Hasidic Yiddish. Native Yiddish has emerged as a spoken, living language in several Hasidic centers in Israel and worldwide.
The proposed special issue will contribute current state-of-the-art, ecologically valid knowledge about the linguistic processes and characteristics underlying contemporary Hasidic Yiddish usage.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Language variation and change - Hasidic Yiddish compared to historical and contemporary dialects, influences of other languages on Hasidic Yiddish
- Spoken and written usage - newspapers, books, internet, radio, etc.
- Language acquisition - development over age groups, bilingual acquisition
- Language policy and planning - in different Hasidic communities, in schools (boys/ girls)
- Language education - teaching methods, grammar books

Please submit an abstract of 400 words a WORD document entitled IJSL_Abstract_YOURSURNAME.doc to netta.abugov@ua. ac.be by 1st February, 2014. Decisions regarding relevant proposals will be completed by 1st March, 2014. Completed papers of approx. 10,000 -12,000 words will be required by 1st July, 2014 to be considered for inclusion.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by at least two experienced active researchers in the related subject area. The decisions on acceptance of each paper will be based on the reviewers' reports on the quality of the submission.

Style guidelines are available at:
http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/mouton_journal_stylesheet.pdf


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