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Sociolinguistic Studies

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2015

Call Information:
Sociolinguistic Studies

Sociolinguistic Studies is a world-class journal (4 issues a year, print and electronic edition, double-bind peer-reviewed) in the fields of Sociolinguistics, bilingualism and multilingualism, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, discourse and conversation analysis, social anthropology and related disciplines. It is published by Equinox (United Kingdom) and indexed in SCOPUS, ERIH (European Reference Index for Humanities), SCImago Journal Rank, Linguistics Abstracts, MLA, LLBA, etc.

Sociolinguistic Studies announces a special issue and call for papers on the theme 'Arabic between tradition and globalization and superdiversity'.

Special Issue - Call for Papers

'Arabic between tradition and globalization and superdiversity'

The Special Issue of Sociolinguistic Studies seeks to present an up to date image of the studies of Arabic, focusing on all of its aspects, i.e. from tradition to globalization and superdiversity. It therefore invites researchers to contribute on the following themes:

- The contemporary status of Modern Standard Arabic;
- The role and importance of Arabic dialects;
- Dialectal variation;
- The linguistic convergence between Standard and dialectal Arabic;
- Superdiverse forms of Arabic, e.g. 'white Arabic';
- Dialectal Arabic as national languages;
- The ideological struggle for and against globalization and superdiversity in the Arab world

More information on the content of the Special Issue can be found on the website of Sociolinguistic Studies:

How to contribute?

Authors and researchers in the field are invited to contribute to this special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies on 'Arabic between tradition and globalization and superdiversity'.

Guest Editors are Karima Ziamari (Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco) and Jan Jaap de Ruiter (Tilburg University, The Netherlands; coordinator).
Please, send a 500 word abstract of your proposal directly to Jan Jaap de Ruiter, preferably by email:

Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg (The Netherlands).

Important deadlines:

Call for Papers - September 15, 2015
Submission of Abstract/Proposal - October 15, 2015
Notification of acceptance of Abstract/Proposal - November 15, 2015
Submission of full article (7000-8000 words) - March 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Article - July 15, 2016
Expected publication Date - April 2017