23.1920, FYI: Call For Book Chapters on Ain't

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Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:21:48
From: Patricia Donaher [donaher at missouriwestern.edu]
Subject: Call For Book Chapters on Ain't

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Call for Papers on Ain't 

We are looking for articles for a possible collection of essays on the 
unassuming, yet much-assuming word ain't. We have had some good 
feedback towards publication of such a book and would like to continue 
rapidly into the next phase.

Studies could include pieces in the areas of corpus linguistics, historical 
overviews, literary analyses, folk linguistics, dialect or regional usages, 
popular culture, and language attitudes. Any angle on the word is of 
interest to us. Possible topics include but are not limited to the 

-  Arguments for and against the acceptability of ain't in spoken and/or 
written usage;
-  Attitudes towards ain't in academic literature, the works of language 
pundits, the popular press, literary works, style and usage guides, and 
classroom textbooks;
-  The use of ain't in the works of specific authors, periods, and 
-  Ain't in fixed expressions and clich├ęs;
-  Ain't in popular media like cartoons, music, television, online, social 
media, etc;
-  Ain't as a marker of social class, culture, or group identity;
-  Ain't as it is used within a region or across regions (larger or smaller 
geographical areas in North America, the UK, Australia, etc);
-  The status of ain't in a particular form of English, whether Standard 
American English, Black English Vernaculars, British English (Received 
Pronunciation), as well as in any of the World Englishes;
-  Ain't in the usage of non-native speakers of English or as discussed 
in L2 acquisition;
-  Studies based on specific written or spoken corpuses of English.

Articles could be long or short, depending on the topic. Most final 
essays will be between 6500 and 8000 words, including citations; 
however, we recognize that topics could be quite large or quite small, 
depending on the focus. Therefore, there will be latitude for items that 
are akin to ''notes,'' in addition to articles that may be a bit longer than 
8000 words.

Please send proposals or completed papers accompanied by abstracts 
via email attachment to BOTH editors (MSWord or RTF) by July 1, 
2012. Please include a separate, current curriculum vitae and your full 
contact information including your office and summer phone numbers 
and preferred e-mail address.

For more information, feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Patricia Donaher, Ph.D.
Area Chair, PCA Language Attitudes and Popular Linguistics
Assoc. Professor of English and Graduate Faculty
Department of English
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507
donaher at missouriwestern.edu

Seth Katz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English and in the Graduate School
Department of English
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL  61625
seth at bumail.bradley.edu 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Ling & Literature
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics


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