LINGUIST List 32.2611

Tue Aug 10 2021

FYI: Heteroglossia and Language Play in Second-Language Speech (De Gruyter Mouton)

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 09-Aug-2021
From: Darren LaScotte <>
Subject: Heteroglossia and Language Play in Second-Language Speech (De Gruyter Mouton)
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Ludic language play, as characterized by Bakhtin (1934/1981), has been proposed as one way in which learner language use in social context may influence second-language acquisition processes (Broner & Tarone, 2001; LaScotte, 2019; LaScotte & Tarone, 2019; Tarone, 2000, 2019). Adult and adolescent second-language learners have been shown to systematically manipulate elements of both their first and their second language in the service of imagination, irony, and sarcasm. In doing this, second-language learners can exercise and expand their mastery of a range of language registers and dialects (what Bakhtin referred to as "voices"). Instances of language play like those documented in Broner and Tarone (2001) suggest that interlanguage variation is not simply a one-time response to a single social context; rather, they show that learners have internalized a range of second-language varieties—that is, their speech is heteroglossic—and they can produce these varieties at will in new social contexts as part of ludic language play.

With a focus on heteroglossia and language play in second-language speech, we invite scholars to submit chapter proposals for empirical studies documenting use of Bakhtin's constructs of language play, multivoicedness, and heteroglossia in studying second-language learner speech, including acquisition processes. We wish to solicit novel contributions from a diversity of language teaching contexts, learner populations, and topics in the theory and/or practice of second and foreign language teaching.

How to submit:
Submit an abstract of your proposed book chapter in 500 words (excluding references). In your proposal, please clearly state the following:
- The theoretical framework
- The context of your research (country, language taught, student population)
- How your contribution offers empirical, original, and significant work
- Implications of your research on the research and/or practice of language teaching and learning

Submit your proposal via the form here:

Submission of book chapter proposal: August 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance for proposed book: October 1, 2021

This book is in consideration to be published in De Gruyter Mouton’s series on Language Play and Creativity (series editor Nancy Bell). For additional information regarding the series, please visit:

Final call for proposals--- ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT!

NOTE: Some scholars have inquired whether we would consider a proposal that focuses on language play in L2 writing, or whether we would consider a thought-piece or position paper instead of an empirical study. At this point in the editorial process, we are open to considering both and would make our final decisions after reviewing all submitted proposals.

Darren K. LaScotte, M.A.
University of Minnesota

Elaine Tarone, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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