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Sociolinguistic Studies

Call Deadline: 14-Aug-2014

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Sociolinguistic Studies

Sociolinguistic Studies is a world class journal (3 issues a year, print and electronic edition, double-bind peer-reviewed) in the fields of Sociolinguistics, bilingualism and multilingualism, ethnography, ethnomethodology, discourse and conversation analysis, social anthropology and related disciplines. It is published by Equinox (United Kingdom) and indexed in ERIH (European Reference Index for Humanities), SCImago Journal Rank, Linguistics Abstracts, MLA, LLBA, etc.

Special Issue Call for Papers: Piropos and other forms of flirtatious street talk as discursive practices
The special issue will focus on how Piropos and other forms of flirtatious street talk constitute discursive practices that produce certain representations of culturally and historically situated meanings of gender roles and enact relations of power at the interpersonal and social level. The prevalence and contested meaning of these discursive practices make it a perfect case to explore the ways in which discourse practices contribute to cultural reproduction and change by focusing on how moment to moment interactions constitute social practices and cultural patterns.

The focus on the reception and interpretation of these practices highlights the dynamic and situated nature of meaning making and concepts of politeness and impoliteness. The goal is to point to how in the negotiation of meaning of these practices speakers and listeners make use of the semiotic potential and social imaginary available to them while at the same time resignifying them. The social effects of piropos, realized in the form of responses and interpretations, can reveal how groups negotiate contested ways of imagining gender roles and interpersonal relations.

The Special Issue will address primarily (but not limited to) the following:
- Explorations of cross-cultural variation in the interpretation of these practices meanings and effects.
- Variations in the presentation of self in interaction and the social structuring of gender roles in these type of situation
- Implicit social norms speakers consider relevant for the situation
- Explorations of how and why the "same" situation is interpreted in another way by participants who notice different contextualization cues and have other orientations to the situation.
- Politeness/impoliteness issues
- The sociopragmatics of performance of piropos

The objective is to select a group of papers that explores these discursive practices from a socio-cultural approach to language and uses corpus that include naturalistic data, and elicited data to track the connections between production, circulation, and reception of piropos and other flirtatious talk. In addition, studies need to make explicit the socio-cultural premises that have informed the interpretation of the data (Bravo).

Please, send a 500 word abstract of your proposal directly to the Guest Editor, Mariana Achugar, Carnegie Mellon University, United States.

Important deadlines:
Submission of Abstract/Proposal - August 14, 2014
Notification of acceptance of Abstract/Proposal - September, 15, 2014
Submission of full article (7000-8000 words) - January 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Article - July 15, 2015
Expected publication Date - April 2016