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Mon Jan 25 2021

Calls: Sociolinguistics / Asia-Pacific Language Variation (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 23-Jan-2021
From: Miriam Meyerhoff <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics / Asia-Pacific Language Variation (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Asia-Pacific Language Variation

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2021

Call for Papers:

The journal Asia-Pacific Language Variation ( solicits papers on the topic of:

Urbanization and language change

The editors of APLV see a need to foreground the role of urbanization in language change, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on the Asia-Pacific region, a region that includes both the most and least densely populated areas of the world.

There are countervailing expectations of the effect of urbanization on language change. On the one hand, high population density among heterogeneous populations may lead to dialect levelling, koineization, and/or language shift toward common lingue franche. Conversely – and paradoxically – dense urban areas may also for economic and social reasons be made up of multiple non-overlapping social networks. In moving to urban areas people may become more attuned to their regional and ethnolinguistic identity and maintain linguistic separation as an iconic and indexical marker of ethnic or other aspects of identity. Linguistic studies of the outcomes of urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa suggest that many of the axioms of variation and change are suspended as new identities become more salient and that urbanization highlights the unexpected intersection of some identities.

We invite papers that consider language variation and change in the context of urban areas, or urbanization as a social factor in language change. In keeping with the mission of the journal, we particularly encourage papers that are empirically grounded and advance our understanding of language variation and change, grammaticalization and historical linguistics, and the social factors that are reflected and constructed through language.

Papers should ideally be 4,000-5,000 words in length. An abstract of no more than 500 words (or a paper draft) should be submitted through the Asia-Pacific Language Variation journal portal by 1 April 2021:

Abstracts (or paper drafts) submitted: 1 April 2021
Acceptances: 15 April 2021
Full papers submitted for review: 1 July 2021
Revised papers submitted: November 2021
Publication: 2022, volume 8

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