LINGUIST List 32.3268

Mon Oct 18 2021

Calls: General Linguistics / Languages (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 18-Oct-2021
From: Giorgio Carella <>
Subject: General Linguistics / Languages (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Languages

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2022

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on ''Narrow Focus and Fronting Strategies''
Guest Editors: Mara Frascarelli and Giorgio Carella (University of Roma Tre)

informative focus; corrective focus; mirative focus; focus strategies; fronting optionality; discourse grammar; narrow syntax;

Focus is a discourse category which has been given great attention by scholars in the last 50 years and is traditionally described as “that part of information that is assumed by the speaker not to be shared by the hearer” (Jackendoff 1972), while the unfocused part of the sentence provides background information. However, several works have shown the necessity to distinguish different Focus types for their formal, semantic and pragmatic properties (cf. Kiss 1998, Krifka 2007, Bianchi 2013, Bianchi et al. 2015, among others).

From a structural viewpoint, Focus can be realized in situ in a great number of languages. Nevertheless, Focus Fronting (FF) is also a major strategy, especially for some specific Focus types (cf., among many others, Alboiu 2004, Hartmann and Zimmermann 2007). However, its specific realization shows diverse patterns and seems to be prominently optional in a number of languages, calling into question the assumption that movement operations are driven by narrow syntax requirements (i.e., the interpretation of formal features in dedicated functional projections). Since such requirements should not be flexible, FF stands up as a vexed question.

Given this scenario, this Special Issue aims to offer a fine-grained analysis of FF (and related marked strategies, such as clefting) across natural languages, concentrating in particular on Corrective Focus (cf. Neeleman et al. 2006; Bianchi and Bocci 2012, among others) and Mirative Focus (cf. Bianchi et al 2016).

We strongly encourage interested scholars and researchers to contribute to this Special Issue, submitting a paper on marked Focus strategies, preferably comparing typologically different languages. Contributions addressing the thematics of fronting optionality and investigating Slavic and non-Indo-European languages will be prioritized.

Interested authors are requested to submit a title and an abstract of 400–600 words. Relevant deadlines are given in the completion schedule below.

Please, notice that no fee will be requested by LANGUAGES to contributors for this Special Issue. Reference to an Article Processing Charge (APC) in the section "Manuscript Submission Information" is a standard mdpi setup that cannot be removed from the Special Issue website and thus should be ignored.

Abstracts should be sent to the Languages editorial office ( They will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue.

Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of February. Full manuscripts will then undergo double-blind peer-review.

Completion schedule:

-Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2022
-Notification of abstract acceptance: 28 February 2022
-Full manuscript deadline: 15 September 2022

Invited contributors:

-Silvio Cruschina
-Àngel Jiménez-Fernandez
-Victor Junnan Pan

Detailed info on the CfPs and on manuscript submission can be found at the following link:

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