Special Issue "Language Attitudes, Vitality and Development"
A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (7 December 2020).
Interests: bi-/multilingualism; language policy and maintenance; linguistic attitudes, diglossic/bilingual communities; measuring phonetic distance; measuring intelligibility between related languages; transfer effects in bilinguals; bilingual fist language acquisition
This Special Issue aims to develop a further understanding of the nature and role of language attitudes from a theoretical, empirical and methodological perspective. The volume will examine the structure and formation of language attitudes, their measurement, the role they play in multilingual communities and their effectiveness in indicating and/or predicting the vitality of a language. We particularly encourage contributions dealing with language attitudes towards regional, minority and contested languages (e.g., Wells, 2019), including but not limited to comparative attitudes, attitude taxonomy, attitude measurement, attitude change and/or development and the relationship between language attitudes and other linguistic or sociolinguistic variables. In doing so, this Special Issue aims to build on the seminal work of Fishman (1964, 1991, 2001) and Cooper and Fishman (1974) as well as address and further investigate issues that have been raised in more recent research (e.g., Garrett, 2010; Giles and Marlow, 2011; Kircher and Fox, 2019; O'Rourke, 2010; Price and Tamburelli, 2016; Price and Tamburelli, 2019; UNESCO, 2003).
- Abstract submission deadline: 15th June 2020
- Notification of abstract acceptance: 30th June 2020
- Full manuscript deadline: 7th December 2020
We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarising their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editor ([email protected]) or to the Languages editorial office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.
Dr. Marco Tamburelli
- Cooper, R. L., & Fishman, J. A. (1974). The study of language attitudes. Linguistics, 12(136), 5-20.
- Fishman, J. A. (1964). Language maintenance and language shift as a field of inquiry. A definition of the field and suggestions for its further development. Linguistics, 2(9), 32-70.
- Fishman, J. A. (1991). Reversing language shift: theoretical and empirical foundations of assistance to threatened languages. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
- Fishman, J. A. (2001). Can threatened languages be saved? Reversing language shift, revisited: A 21st century perspective (Vol. 116). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
- Garrett, P. (2010). Attitudes to language. Cambridge University Press.
- Giles, H., & Marlow, M. L. (2011). Theorizing language attitudes existing frameworks, an integrative model, and new directions1. Annals of the International Communication Association, 35(1), 161-197.
- Kircher, R., & Fox, S. (2019). Attitudes towards Multicultural London English: implications for attitude theory and language planning. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40(10), 847-864.
- O'Rourke, B. (2010). Galician and Irish in the European Context: Attitudes Towards Weak and Strong Minority Languages: Basingstoke, GB: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Price, A. R., & Tamburelli, M. (2016). Minority language abandonment in Welsh-medium educated L2 male adolescents: classroom, not chatroom. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29(2), 189-206.
- Price, A. R., & Tamburelli, M. Welsh‐language prestige in adolescents: attitudes in the heartlands. International Journal of Applied Linguistics.
- UNESCO. (2003). Language Vitality and Endangerment. Presented at the International Expert Meeting on UNESCO Programme Safeguarding of Endangered Languages, Paris: UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group on Endangered Languages. Retrieved from https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000183699.
- Wells, N. (2011). The linguistic capital of contested languages: The centre-left and regional languages in Asturias and the Veneto, 1998–2008. Language Problems and Language Planning, 35(2), 117-138.
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- language attitudes
- covert attitudes
- regional languages
- minority languages
- contested languages
- language vitality
- language maintenance
- language policy