27.5041, Calls: Anthropological Linguistics; Psycholinguistics / Frontiers in Psychology (Jrnl)

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Subject: 27.5041, Calls:  Anthropological Linguistics; Psycholinguistics / Frontiers in Psychology (Jrnl)

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Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:30:49
From: Antonio Benítez-Burraco [antonio.benitez at dfesp.uhu.es]
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics; Psycholinguistics / Frontiers in Psychology (Jrnl)

 
Full Title: Frontiers in Psychology 


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Psycholinguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2017 

We have launched a Research Topic on language diversity in Frontiers in
Psychology (Language Sciences). 

You can find all the details at: https://goo.gl/9xjRZF

The goal of this Research Topic is to shed light on the non-linguistic causes
of language diversity, and particularly, to explore the possibility that some
aspects of the structure of languages may result from an adaptation to the
natural and/or human-made environment. Traditionally, language diversity has
been claimed to result from random, internally-motivated changes in language
structure. Ongoing research suggests instead that different factors that are
external to language can promote language change and ultimately account for
aspects of language diversity. Accordingly, linguistic complexity has been
found to correlate with features of the social environment, such as the
absence of cross-cultural exchanges or the number of native speakers.
Likewise, language structure could be influenced by the physical environment,
as the effect of dry climates on tone seemingly shows. Finally, core
properties of human languages, like duality of patterning, have been argued to
result from iterative learning and cultural evolution, as research in village
sign languages illustrates. On the whole this means that some aspects of
languages could be an adaptation to ecological, social, or even technological
niches. Eventually, certain gene alleles, provided that they bias language
acquisition or processing, may affect language change through iterated
cultural transmission, and ultimately, to language structure. 

This Research Topic focuses on macrovariation across languages from a
typological perspective. Specific research questions to be addressed include
(but are not limited to) patterns of global linguistic diversity, ecological
factors accounting for language diversity, socio-cultural factors accounting
for language diversity, the adaptive value of language diversity, niche
construction regarding language change and diversity, gene-culture
co-evolution and language diversity, and the emergent properties of languages.
Because of the complex nature of the task, researchers from different fields
with an interest in language, cognition, and culture, are welcome to
contribute to this Research Topic, including linguists, psychologists,
ethologists, biologists, sociologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and
more. 

Keywords: language diversity, biological diversity, ecolinguistics, adaptive
value of languages, language change, language evolution, cultural evolution




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