LINGUIST List 31.3340

Mon Nov 02 2020

FYI: Call for Chapters: Imagining their worlds: Exploring multilingualism in children’s play

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 02-Nov-2020
From: Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi <>
Subject: Call for Chapters: Imagining their worlds: Exploring multilingualism in children’s play
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We are currently seeking submissions for a proposed edited volume on bi/multilingual children’s linguistic practices in imaginative play, which seeks to provide new perspectives on how the imaginative space provides a lens to children’s own views on language in society as well as elucidate the concomitant implications, outcomes and consequences for different communities of speakers. Writing on children’s imagination and play over half a century ago, Vygotsky (1967) (1967 p. 11) argues that children do not simply reproduce in their play what they have previously heard and seen, but they combine their experiences and use them “to construct a new reality, one that conforms to [their] own needs and desires.” Research has shown the strategic ways in which children laminate personal experience onto the play frame (Buchbinder, 2008) and the multifaceted roles that use of different linguistic resources may play in the enactment and negotiation of children’s imaginary worlds (Bergroth & Palviainen, 2017; Kyratzis, 2010; Long, Volk, & Gregory, 2007; Paugh, 2005). Recently, sociolinguistic studies have focused on the interface between imaginative play and Family Language Policy (‘FLP’) and have argued that imaginative may be serve as a potential site for language maintenance and shift in the family (Mirvahedi & Cavallaro, 2019; Smith-Christmas, 2020).

Against this backdrop, we invite contributions to shed light on children’s interactions during various activities involving bi/multilingual children’s creative and imaginative worlds. Although we expect many of the chapters will use peer play as the main foci, we especially welcome chapters that explore the relationship between multilingual practices and imaginative play in child caregiver interactions, as well as the interface between children’s media worlds and their imaginative play, and which may for example bring into scope the role of technology in how linguistic practices unfold in the imaginative space.

Submission information:
At this stage, we call for submissions of 300-word abstracts and a short (50-100 words) bio statement. Submissions should be directed to the editors (Dr. Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi and Dr. Cassandra Smith-Christmas) by March 1, 2021:; cassandra.smith

Call for book chapters:
Once we have decided which chapters best fit the scope of this volume, we will submit a proposal to De Gruyter’s Language Play and Creativity series.
If the proposal is successful, we envisage a due date chapters of no more than of 8,000 words, (excluding references) for October 1, 2021.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition

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