Ari Sherris arieh.sherris at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 12:36:02 UTC 2016

Greetings Francis! Please repost this. If possible each Edling till March
15, 2016. Thank you! --Ari

*Extended Call for Chapters!*

*Early Writing in Indigenous Languages [Working Title]*

The lion’s share of the world’s living languages face a bleak future. A
growing consensus of linguists predicts that by the close of the 21st century
50-90% will disappear. Efforts to reverse this trend are underway
worldwide. The purpose of this edited volume is to provide case studies of
revitalization efforts at schooling early writing among children between
approx. 3 and 12 years in lesser-known languages  worldwide (e.g., from
Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific).

Prospective authors are invited to submit a 500 word abstract and a short
list of resources about the selected language and culture in APA style as
well as the following information: Your full name in the order you might
wish it to appear in a publication, the name of your institution or tribal
affiliation, your full office or home address, your email, and your mobile
phone number (with country code). Please include all of the requested
information in one doc or docx.  Email Abstract to: Arieh.Sherris at gmail.com
with the following in the subject line: EARLY WRITING IN INDIGENOUS
LANGUAGES ABSTRACT. Abstracts are due by March 15, 2016, but a call will
remain open until 12-15 excellent abstracts are received.

First drafts of future papers (7000-9000 words, not including bibliography)
from selected abstracts would be require within approx. 5-months of
notification that your abstract has been accepted. Papers will go through
double blind review.

In the interest of clarity and possible future comparative study, your
chapter, if asked to write one, will require the following structure:

1. Brief introduction/rationale for paper

2. Brief history of indigenous culture & people

3. Brief description of the structure of the language

4. Description of revitalization efforts

5. Description of school context

6. Description of instructional writing practices

7. Description & discussion of early writing exploring writing development
with writing samples from children; samples could be drawn from a subset of
ages anywhere between 3 and 12 years of age

8. Promising exploratory directions for future revitalization efforts with
respect to writing your language

9. Resources (APA style)


Ari Sherris is Visiting Fulbright Scholar (2015-16) at the University
Education, Winneba, Ghana and Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at
Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research explores the intersection of
oracy, literacy, and language revitalization. His publications appear
in *Classroom
Discourse, Intercultural Education, the International Review of Education
(UNESCO), the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development*,
and *Pedagogies:
An International Journal*. His practitioner digests for language teachers
appear with the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C. His
book *Language
Endangerment: Disappearing Metaphors and Shifting Conceptualizations*
(2015) is published with John Benjamins.

Ari Sherris
UEW J.W. Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Residence, Ghana
TAMUK Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
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