LINGUIST List 23.2730

Thu Jun 14 2012

FYI: Call for Book Chapters on Ain't

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 14-Jun-2012
From: Patricia Donaher <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters on Ain't
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Call for Papers on Ain't

Updated CFP:We've received some good chapter ideas, and we would like to receivesome more. The deadline is approaching, so if you have an idea,please send it on (even if not fully fleshed out). We would particularlylike to see some more dialect studies for the US and Britain, but assuggested below, the topics can go in all sorts of directions.

Original CFP:We are looking for articles for a possible collection of essays on theunassuming, yet much-assuming word ain't. We have had some goodfeedback towards publication of such a book and would like to continuerapidly into the next phase.

Studies could include pieces in the areas of corpus linguistics, historicaloverviews, literary analyses, folk linguistics, dialect or regional usages,popular culture, and language attitudes. Any angle on the word is ofinterest to us. Possible topics include but are not limited to thefollowing:

- Arguments for and against the acceptability of ain't in spoken and/orwritten usage;- Attitudes towards ain't in academic literature, the works of languagepundits, the popular press, literary works, style and usage guides, andclassroom textbooks;- The use of ain't in the works of specific authors, periods, andregions;- Ain't in fixed expressions and clich├ęs;- Ain't in popular media like cartoons, music, television, online, socialmedia, etc;- Ain't as a marker of social class, culture, or group identity;- Ain't as it is used within a region or across regions (larger or smallergeographical areas in North America, the UK, Australia, etc);- The status of ain't in a particular form of English, whether StandardAmerican English, Black English Vernaculars, British English (ReceivedPronunciation), as well as in any of the World Englishes;- Ain't in the usage of non-native speakers of English or as discussedin L2 acquisition;- Studies based on specific written or spoken corpuses of English.

Articles could be long or short, depending on the topic. Most finalessays will be between 6500 and 8000 words, including citations;however, we recognize that topics could be quite large or quite small,depending on the focus. Therefore, there will be latitude for items thatare akin to ''notes,'' in addition to articles that may be a bit longer than8000 words.

Please send proposals or completed papers accompanied by abstractsvia email attachment to BOTH editors (MSWord or RTF) by July 1,2012. Please include a separate, current curriculum vitae and your fullcontact information including your office and summer phone numbersand preferred e-mail address.

For more information, feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Patricia Donaher, Ph.D.Area Chair, PCA Language Attitudes and Popular LinguisticsAssoc. Professor of English and Graduate FacultyDepartment of EnglishMissouri Western State University4525 Downs DriveSt. Joseph, MO

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

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