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Critical Multilingualism Studies

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2015

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Special Issue on Language Ideologies and Multilingualism

Guest editors: Anne Storch & Andrea Wolvers

Language ideologies are central to concepts of diversity, and they are as multivocal and diverse as the (multilingual) communities that refer to them. Understandings of words, languages, linguistic performances and ways of speaking have great impact on how we want our linguistic practices to be seen or perceived. Local ideologies and concepts of language reflect the complex entanglements between linguistics and coloniality, the notion of standard and the experience of language as practice, and personal desires and subversive strategies. This invites linguistic contributions that also focus on subjectivity micro-perspectives and linguistic biographies. The ways in which conflicting ideologies and contested concepts of language are negotiated--by individuals, symbolically, in institutional frameworks, on the community level, and in linguistic academic discourse etc.--are the focus of our planned publication. We therefore invite contributions informed by both empirical research and critical reflections of linguistic theory that will shed more light on the actual relevance of local language ideologies, especially outside Eurocentric contexts.

This special issue of Critical Multilingualism Studies will investigate the language ideologies of speakers, social groups and communities of practice in a range of contexts focusing on Africa and the Atlantic space. Envisioned contributions should discuss the history of ideas and identity discourses and shed light on how language ideologies drive linguistic change and emergent multilingual practices. By looking at multilingual repertoires as social practices and by investigating the role of language ideologies in both, linguistic and linguists' practices with regard to phenomena such as creolization, standard, writing, and purism, we are hoping to make a contribution to understanding language as practice, a fluid concept, and shared experience. Moreover, we intend to demonstrate how Western concepts and ideologies of standard language, mother tongue, and linguistic identity on the one hand changed or created languages in Africa, but how on the other hand ''indigenous'' language ideologies continued to play a role, and - in a sometimes quite subversive way - are part of linguistic practices and concepts that largely undermine Western ideas about language.

Contributions, preferably of max. 9.000 words, should be submitted by November, 30
2015 to astorch@uni-koeln.de and andrea.wolvers@yahoo.de


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