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Wed Oct 10 2018

FYI: CFP: Creole Language and Music (book project)

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 05-Oct-2018
From: Andrea Hollington <>
Subject: CFP: Creole Language and Music (book project)
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Creole Language and Music

edited by
Joseph T. Farquharson, Andrea Hollington, Byron Jones

Call for Papers:

Links between language and music have been explored in various contexts, from the adoption of Noam Chomsky’s linguistic generative approach to music through Jackendoff and Lehrdahl’s “generative theory of tonal music” (1983) to sociolinguistic accounts of popular music such as Hip Hop (Alim (2006), Alim, Ibrahim & Pennycook 2009, Terkourafi (2010)) or Reggae and Dancehall (Devonish (1996, 1998, 2006), Devonish and Jones (2017) Farquharson (2005), Hollington (2016, 2018), Jones (forthcoming)). While this volume, like the latter works, seeks to look at language and music as social practices, it does not focus on a specific music genre. Instead, it looks at creole languages and the ways they feature in and impact on various music styles. We are therefore inviting scholars to contribute papers that investigate creole languages in music including (but not limited to) topics such as language and identity, ethnography of communication, multilingualism and language contact, language attitudes and ideologies. While Jamaican music features more prominently in the study of creole language and music, we particularly also invite scholars focusing on other music genres and parts of the world in order to draw a more holistic picture of the complex thematic. Interested potential authors should send their abstracts to or Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2018.

Alim, Samy H. 2006. Roc the Mic Right. The Language of Hip Hop Culture. London/New York: Routledge.
Alim, Samy H., Awad Ibrahim and Alastair Pennycook (eds.). 2009. Global Linguistic Flows. Hip Hop Culture, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language. London/New York: Routlegde.
Devonish, Hubert. 1996. 'Kom groun Jamiekan Daans Haal liricks: memba se a plie wi a plie-Contextualizing Jamaican' ''Dance Hall' music: Jamaican language at play in a speech Event', English World Wide 17:2, 213-237.
Devonish, Hubert. 1998. 'Electronic Orature: The Deejay's discovery' Social & Economic Studies 47:1, 33-53.
Devonish, Hubert. 2006. On the status of diphthongs in Jamaican: Mr. Vegas pronounces', in Simmons-McDonald, H. & I. Robertson (eds), Caribbean Creole Languages. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 72-95.
Devonish, Hubert and Byron Jones. 2017. Jamaica: A State of Language, Music and Crisis of Nation. 13:2, 129–144
Farquharson, Joseph T. 2005. Faiya-bon: The socio-pragmatics of homophobia in Jamaican (dancehall) culture. Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles. Susanne Mühleisen and Bettina Migge (eds.). Amsterdam:John Benjamins Publishing Company, 101-118.
Hollington, Andrea. 2016. Movement of Jah people: Language ideologies and music in a transnational contact scenario. Critical Multilingualism Studies 4,2 (special issue on language ideologies). 133-153.
Hollington, Andrea. 2018. Transatlantic translanguaging in Zimdancehall: reassessing linguistic creativity in youth language practices. The Mouth 3 (special issue: Critical Youth Languages Studies – Rethinking Concepts). 105-123
Jones, Byron (forthcoming). Beyond di Riddim: Language Use in Jamaican Popular Music, 1962-2012. Ph.D. Diss. University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Lehrdahl, Fred and Ray Jackendoff. 1983. A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Terkourafi, Marina (ed.) 2010. The Languages of Global Hip Hop. London/New York: Continuum

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

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