LINGUIST List 32.2817

Sat Sep 04 2021

Calls: Discipline of Linguistics / Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 01-Sep-2021
From: Marco Tamburelli <>
Subject: Discipline of Linguistics / Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2022

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on Contested Languages - Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Contested languages are languages which are sufficiently linguistically different from the main language of the country where they are spoken to be categorised as separate languages, but have not gained official language status, often being classified as “dialects” or “patois”. Most contested languages are also endangered languages, and they differ from (uncontested) minority languages in that their endangerment is exacerbated by their contestedness.

This Special Issue aims to develop a further understanding of Contested Languages and the dynamics of “language contestedness” from a theoretical, empirical and methodological perspective. The volume will examine the attitudes and assumptions that lie behind language contestedness as well as investigate potential routes to escape it. We particularly encourage contributions dealing with status, corpus and acquisition planning of contested languages, comparison of language policy and planning between two or more contested languages, attitudes towards contested languages, Ausbau-ization of contested languages, linguistic taxonomy, the reduction of contestedness (e.g. attitude change and/or development) and the role of academia in perpetuating contestedness.
Overall, this Special Issue will build on the work of Craith (2006) and Wells (2011) as well as address and further investigate issues that have been raised in more recent research (Tamburelli & Tosco, 2021).

Best regards,

Dr. Marco Tamburelli
Prof. Mauro Tosco
Guest Editors

Craith, M. N. (2006). The Quest for Recognition: Contested Languages. In Europe and the Politics of Language (pp. 106-125). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Tamburelli, M. and Tosco, M. (Ed.s) (2021). Contested Languages: The hidden multilingualism of Europe. Studies in World Language Problems. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Wells, N. (2011). The linguistic capital of contested languages: The centre-left and regional languages in Asturias and the Veneto, 1998–2008. Language Problems and Language Planning, 35(2), 117-138.

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