LINGUIST List 15.2937
Sun Oct 17 2004
FYI: Call for Papers: Language Change in South Asia
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Call for Papers: Language Change in South Asia
Message 1: Call for Papers: Language Change in South Asia
From: mohammad warsi <mjwarsiuclink.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Call for Papers: Language Change in South Asia
The last decade has seen an unprecedented growth in the study of language
contact, shift and variations associated partly with the linguistic effects of
globalization and increased migration all over the world. Language change and
shift are culturally normal, and all combinations of known languages can be
heard in rural contexts, with language choice in daily communication being based
foremost on traditional language protocol. It is argued that variation is common
in this geographical area, conceding that shift can also occur, but that the
idea of a linguistic area is certainly fundamental to the notion of diffusion.
More than three hundred languages are spoken in South Asia than in any other
region of the world. Many of these languages are however only dialects of a
parent language. Language attitude examines the way external factors have
influenced and are influencing language change, focusing on how changing social
contexts are reflected in language use. Language change explores the attitudes,
values and assumptions that shape the way we use language. Focus in this study
may also be given to looks at how language change operates within different genres.
Selected papers will address how social, geographical, economic, cultural,
educational or gender factors influence language variation and change. Analyzing
social discourse would give us an idea that in what way language is used in the
world of social discourse. Written over a decade on the South Asian Linguistics
by many leading scholars cover a broad range of topics. Offering a
sociolinguistic perspective on language contact, shift and variations, this
volume will present a broader spectrum in understanding the complex linguistics
phenomena of South Asia.
The volume will also look at the way languages change and shift offers an
insight into the nature of language itself, and how it is acquired and used.
Accordingly, the phenomenon of language contact will be approached from a
variety of perspectives by the invited linguists and scholars of many different
Professor Murray B. Emeneau has kindly agreed to write the foreword of the book.
It is expected to be published by the mid 2005. An early submission is highly
appreciated. 20-25 pages paper on A4 size in word document would be
very much helpful. Follow the format of LSA. Electronic submission preferred.
M. J. Warsi (Ph.D. in Linguistics)
Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
7233 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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