LINGUIST List 31.2128

Tue Jun 30 2020

Calls: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics / Sociolinguistic Studies (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 30-Jun-2020
From: Eyo Mensah <>
Subject: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics / Sociolinguistic Studies (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Sociolinguistic Studies

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2020

Call for Papers:
Special Issue: Language, Gender and Sexuality in Africa 16(3) 2022

Aim and Scope:
Language is a primary medium through which gender and sexuality are identified and constructed, and understanding the link between language and sexuality has been flurry especially in the African context where gender binarity and homophobic ideologies are still deeply rooted and entrenched. This special issue examines the role of language in constructing discourses around gender and sexuality. It aims to explore the language used in describing people in relation to their gender configurations and sexual identities. On the one hand, we call for papers that investigates the discursive construction of gender and sexuality taking into account queer debates, forms of masculinity and femininity, heterosexuality inquiry, sexual desire, sexual pleasure, romance, love, agency and identity in Africa. On the other hand, we call for papers that analyze the multiple ways in which discriminatory language practices related to sexuality in the forms of metaphor, irony, slang and euphemisms which are prosaic mechanisms that increase situated self-confidence.

Homophobic language use, the expression of erotic desire, negotiation of meaning in sexual encounters will be brought to the fore. It is expected that the issues discussed highlight how gender and sexuality are grounded or enacted in the sociocultural context of Africa. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how gender and sexuality are discursively represented by different sociocultural settings in Africa. We not only aim to situate these contemporary constructions vis-à-vis earlier pre-colonial discourses and broader (post)colonial ''language expressions'' but also to look for emerging possibilities and situations that allow for socially affirmative and contested expressions of agencies and desires that are often considered as sacred, sensitive and tabooed.

The publication date is August 2022, and will address the broad theme ''Gender, Language and Sexuality in African Contexts''. The sub-themes include, but are not limited to:
- Language, gender and sexuality in conflict/war zones
- Sexuality, language and human migration
- Language and body politics in the new media
- Language, alternative sexualities and social media
- New/social media, sexual and gender politics
- Gender, sexuality and religious/cultural diversity
- Language, gender, sexuality and youth cultures
- Youth, vocabulary, and sexual expression
- Sexuality language in counseling context
- Language, gender and sexuality and indigenous cultures
- Language, sexuality and HIV / AIDS
- Language, sexual health and COVID-19
- Contraception and abortion talk
- Sexual slang, metaphors and jokes

Papers must be in English and should adhere to the submission guidelines
( and should include:
1. A 150-200 word abstract and six keywords. Please save the document with a keyword as the document name.
2. All submissions should be sent to the guest editor, Daniel Fiaveh, (University of Cape Coast, Ghana) and the co-guest editor, Eyo Mensah (University of Calabar, Nigeria),

Important Dates:
July 2, 2020-September 30, 2020: Call for Abstracts
October 30, 2020: Notification of acceptance of abstract
April 30, 2021: Submission of full manuscripts
May 1, 2021- November 30, 2021: Review of manuscripts
December 2021: Notification of the acceptance of manuscript
August 2022: Publication

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