LINGUIST List 26.1108

Thu Feb 26 2015

Calls: Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax/ Studies in African Linguistics (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 26-Feb-2015
From: Steve Nicolle <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax/ Studies in African Linguistics (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Studies in African Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2015

Call for contributions: Special issue of Studies in African Linguistics on
conditional constructions in African languages

Expressions of interest are invited for contributions to a special issue of
Studies in African Linguistics on conditional constructions in African
languages. Contributions relating to under-documented and under-described
languages are particularly welcome.

There is an extensive literature on conditionals both in linguistics and in
philosophy, but most research is based on English or the better known European
languages. Conditionals in other languages are a neglected area of study.
Although many descriptive grammars describe the morphological and syntactic
forms of conditional constructions, the range of functions associated with
such expressions is often inadequately described. For this reason,
contributions should pay special attention to the functions as well as the
forms of conditional constructions.

Analyses of English conditional constructions are not necessarily appropriate
to other languages, and so contributions should describe phenomena in light of
the structures and functions that are relevant to each language, rather than
in relation to translation equivalents in English. Likewise, data should be
drawn from participant observation and original texts rather than from
translated or constructed examples.

Please send expressions of interest to the guest editor, Steve Nicolle
( stating:
- Your name and email address
- The name of the language or languages to be described, including the country
or countries where spoken and the ISO code (see of
the data sources that you intend to use.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March 2015.

Contributions will be selected with a view to including languages from a wide
range of families and regions within Africa, and avoiding duplication.
Selected contributors will then be sent further instructions; submission of
manuscripts is expected in early July 2015.

Studies in African Linguistics is an online, open access, peer reviewed
journal that seeks to publish African language data and analysis that might
not find a place easily or suitably in more general journals. Journal URL:

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