LINGUIST List 28.626

Wed Feb 01 2017

Calls: Bi- & Multilingualism; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition / Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 01-Feb-2017
From: Mike Putnam <>
Subject: Bi- & Multilingualism; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition / Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2017

Special volume of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (LAB):

Structural representations in receptive multilingual grammars

Guest editors:

Bonnie Holmes, University of North Georgia
Michael T. Putnam, Penn State University

A particular vexing question that confronts most linguists is what sort of knowledge is required to 'know a language'. The often-observed asymmetry in language production and comprehension insinuates that although both processes draw upon the same base of knowledge, the access to this knowledge may vary considerably. One population of multilinguals that can contribute to the study of grammars across the life span is individuals who have some degree of linguistic knowledge for comprehension, but cannot speak a given language. Such multilinguals are known as receptive multilinguals.

The concept of receptive multilingualism (Braunm├╝ller, 2007; Zeevaert, 2004; ten Thije & Zeevaert, 2007) is understood as ''a mode of multilingual communication in which interactants employ a language and/or a language variety different from their partner's and still understand each other without the help of any additional lingua franca'' (Rehbein, ten Thije & Verschik, 2011). One of the primary challenges facing linguists when dealing with receptive multilinguals concerns determining the nature of the grammatical representations of these speakers (Au et al., 2002; Beaudrie, 2005; Sherkina-Lieber, 2011; Holmes, 2016) and employing the proper methods to do so.

This special issue of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism seeks to deepen our understanding of the nature of the linguistic systems of receptive multilinguals, and of the methodology by which the grammatical knowledge necessary for comprehension can be analyzed. We invite submissions on topics related to receptive multilingualism, with a focus on the structure of receptive grammars and research methodology on these populations. We welcome submissions to pursue topics related to these core questions:

Q1: What is the nature of the underlying, grammatical competence of recipient multilinguals?
Q2: Which aspects of the grammar (e.g., morphology, phonology, syntax, etc.) form a part of this system and play a significant role in their comprehension?
Q3: What sorts of methods can be employed to best determine the grammatical representations in these populations?
Q4: What do studies on receptive multilinguals stand to reveal about the nature of language acquisition, maintenance, attrition, and potential revitalization efforts?
Q5: Are there measurable differences between the grammars of L2 and L3 recipient multilinguals?

Those interested in submitting a paper for review in this volume are invited to submit a 500-word abstract to either Bonnie Holmes ( or Michael Putnam ( for initial feedback. The deadline for abstract submission is 5/31/2017. Manuscripts submitted for review will adhere to the same standards for regular submissions to the journal and must adhere to the same guidelines and formal review process. Submission deadline for manuscripts is 11/15/2017

Questions about this special volume can be sent to either of the guest editors.


Bonnie Holmes & Michael T. Putnam

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