LINGUIST List 27.1611

Wed Apr 06 2016

Calls: Anthropological Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics/ Punctum (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 05-Apr-2016
From: Evangelos Kourdis <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics/ Punctum (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Punctum

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2016

The cross-fertilization between anthropology and semiotics, stretching back to Levi-Strauss's structural anthropology, has repeatedly reinvigorated both disciplines, all the while encouraging rapprochements and interdisciplinarity across a wide range of disciplinary fields. Ethnography, on the other hand, the once distinctive methodology of anthropological research, was a less common point of convergence between anthropology and semiotics, even though it has long been a favorite fieldwork tool of qualitative socio-cultural researchers. Geertz's 'interpretative anthropology', whereby a semiotic conception of culture as 'webs of significance' is coupled with the prioritization of the thick description of the pragmatics of social life, social semiotics' emphasis on social action, context and use, as well as critical ethnography's sensitivity to issues of agency, power and reflexivity, lay down the broad outlines of this special issue's problematics.

More specifically, this special issue of Punctum aims to foreground the fertile interplay of semiotics and ethnography in the critical analysis and interpretation of context-bound social action and symbolic interaction, particularly as it concerns the immersive engagement with sites and microcosms non-discernible by other means of research, that enriches our non-reductive understandings of the contemporary. Welcoming both ethnographically based semiotic research and semiotically informed ethnographies, as well as relevant theoretical elaborations, we encourage the authors' focus on the lived experience of meaning, the processes of contestation/negotiation/construction of meaning, hybridity and performativity, agency and reflexivity, grounded theory and concept production.

Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by mail to Eleftheria Deltsou ( and Fotini Tsibiridou ( including affiliation and contact information. Αcceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all research articles will be put through the journal's peer review process.

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