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Wed Feb 04 2009

FYI: 'Marginal dialects': Call for refereed online book

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        1.    Robert McColl Millar, 'Marginal dialects': Call for refereed online book

Message 1: 'Marginal dialects': Call for refereed online book
Date: 03-Feb-2009
From: Robert McColl Millar <r.millarabdn.ac.uk>
Subject: 'Marginal dialects': Call for refereed online book
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Call for the first volume of:

'Marginal dialects': language varieties on linguistic boundaries in
Scotland, Ireland and beyond

Publications of the Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and
Ulster (FRLSU) 1

Volume Editor: Robert McColl Millar, r.millarabdn.ac.uk
Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/pfrlsu

Publications of the Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and
Ulster is a free, web-based, rigorously peer-reviewed series with a primary
(although not sole) concentration on any languages which are or have been
spoken in Scotland (including the Northern Isles) and the Irish province of
Ulster. While largely linguistic and sociolinguistic in focus, this series
also welcomes contributions concerned with the language of literature in
the languages of Scotland and Ulster. Although primarily intended for the
publication of collections of essays (often those associated with FRLSU
colloquia and conferences), the publication of scholarly monographs will
also be considered. Volumes in the series will conform to the new 'metrics'
culture of British Research Assessment.

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2009
Deadline for drafts: 30 September 2009

With a few exceptions, dialectology – both synchronic and diachronic – has
been primarily concerned with 'typical' varieties of a language, varieties
which have developed as part of an archetypal dialect continuum. But while
study of this sort has advantages when defining the essential features of a
language as a whole, it ignores the phenomenon inevitable at the end of
every dialect continuum: contact between a variety of one language with a
variety of a language which is at most a more distant relative and may not
be related at all. Under most circumstances these contact dialects are
unlikely to become the official language of a polity – Luxembourgish is a
peculiar and in many ways unexpected counter-example. Yet the linguistic
and sociolinguistic features which contact varieties possess provide us
with a number of opportunities to understand the way a particular variety
developed, how and why it developed in a particular way and, perhaps most
importantly, the ways in which language contact can effect and affect
language change.

Scotland and Ireland provide a number of examples – both contemporary and
historical – of just such phenomena, with contacts existing at one time or
another between English and Irish, Irish and Scots, English and Gaelic,
Gaelic and Scots and Scots and Norn. Each of these contacts evinces unique
linguistic and sociolinguistic features worthy of study in themselves. The
contact between the much closer relatives, English and Scots, found in
Scotland and Ireland, needs also to be borne in mind, both in literate and
non-literate contexts, as do the linguistically similar (but
sociolinguistically different) contacts between Irish and Gaelic which have
taken place in both countries. Yet similar features can be found in
language contact situations throughout the world. For this reason, this
collection will include contributions from scholars working on analogous

We would therefore be very interested in receiving proposals for essays on
language contacts between 'marginal dialects' in Scotland, Ireland and
beyond. Essays can be diachronic or synchronic in orientation and can deal
with whole systems or concentrate on a sub-systemic feature. Linguistic and
sociolinguistic focuses are equally welcome, as are treatments informed by
any theoretical viewpoint.

Queries about PFRLSU should be addressed to the Series Editor, Dr Robert
McColl Millar, r.millarabdn.ac.uk

Series website: www.abdn.ac.uk/pfrlsu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

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