LINGUIST List 29.2744

Mon Jul 02 2018

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics / Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 27-Jun-2018
From: Danjie Su <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics / Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Journal of Asian Pacific Communication

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2018

Call for Papers:
Language Planning and Use in the Asian Pacific
Journal of Asian Pacific Communication
John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam

Guest Edited by:
Marinus van den Berg (
Arthur Lau (

At this initial step into the 21st century, language planning and use remain unexpectedly fluid and subject to change. This is demonstrated in China where the official policy of Modern Standard Chinese (Putonghua) firms up in the Canton Delta and Hong Kong, albeit not without local resistance and indifference. Meanwhile in Indonesia, the world's 4th most populous country, the strong government-oriented endorsement of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) in the archipelago of almost one thousand inhabited islands persists in the face of strong regional languages and dialects.

This Special Issue of the JAPC focusses on the current impact of language planning and language use in Asian Pacific communities. The JAPC invites scholars representing polities of Asian Pacific nations to describe the language policy of a particular multilingual locality along with the significant outcomes in such areas as:
- the rise of diglossic communities without bilingualism
- the rise of bilingual communities without diglossia
- language planning as component of national unity
- the strengthening of ethnolinguistic identity
- altering language attitudes and motivation
- language as carrier of culture
- language as a force for discrimination
- globalization's impact on language planning and use
- social media's impact on language planning and use
- practical administrative support for language planning
- the role of education in language planning
- language planning as key for job and career opportunities

Contributors to this Special Issue will be asked to comment on and evaluate official language policy and actual language use, including major empirical findings related to a locality. All interested in contributing a study to this Special Issue should send a brief abstract stating the theme, methodology, and goal of the paper by October 2018.

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