27.3712, Calls: English; Sociolinguistics; Philosophy of language / Language, Discourse, & Society (Jrnl)

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Subject: 27.3712, Calls: English; Sociolinguistics; Philosophy of language / Language, Discourse, & Society (Jrnl)

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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:47:29
From: Mark Seilhamer [mark.seilhamer at nie.edu.sg]
Subject: English; Sociolinguistics; Philosophy of language / Language, Discourse, & Society (Jrnl)

 
Full Title: Language, Discourse, & Society 


Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics 

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2016 

Imagined Communities and Motivation in Language Learning
Special issue of Language, Discourse, & Society, the official journal of RC 25
of the International Sociological Association, ISSN: 2239-4192, indexed in
ERIH Plus

The notion of imagined communities was originally proposed by Benedict
Anderson (1991) to describe the way in which citizens of nations conceptualize
their own national communities. Such communities can only be described as
imaginary, Anderson argues, ''because the members of even the smallest nation
will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them,
yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion'' (p. 6). More
recently, the concept of imagined communities has been expanded to not only
include the imagining of people and communities that actually do exist in the
present, but also the imagining of social relationships in communities that
might exist in the future - communities imagined both by individuals
themselves (e.g., Norton & Kamal, 2003) and communities imagined for
individuals by others, such as parents (Dagenais, 2003) or schools (Kanno,
2003). 

Ryan (2006) takes the imagined community concept one step further, proposing
that it is a sense of membership in an imagined global community of English
users that compels many EFL learners to expend considerable efforts learning
the language. Ryan contends that for young people in much of the world today,
the English language is increasingly associated not with any particular
geographic area or culture, but instead with an international global community
- one which, as citizens of the world, they are already legitimate members. 

For this upcoming issue of Language, Discourse, & Society, we invite articles
that make use of the imagined communities concept (in any of the
abovementioned senses) in examinations and discussions of language learning in
any context. 

Language, Discourse, & Society is an international peer-reviewed journal,
focused on advancing sociological knowledge concerning language, face-to-face
interaction, and other language-related social phenomena. For this special
issue, English submissions are preferred, but in line with Language,
Discourse, & Society policy, French or Spanish submissions will also be
considered.

Submit manuscripts to Mark Fifer Seilhamer (mark.seilhamer at nie.edu.sg) by 1
December 2016.

Target date for publication: June 2017

Please follow the author guidelines indicated at the following URL, which
includes a template for formatting:
http://www.language-and-society.org/journal/instructions.html

References:

Anderson, B. (1991). Imagined communities: Reflections on the origin and
spread of nationalism (Revised edition). London: Verso.
Dagenais, D. (2003). Accessing imagined communities through multilingualism
and immersion education. Journal of Language, Identity, & Education, 2(4),
269-283.
Kanno, Y. (2003) Imagined communities, school visions, and the education of
bilingual students in Japan. Journal of Language, Identity, & Education, 2(4),
285-300.
Norton, B., & Kamal, F. (2003). The imagined communities of English language
learners in a Pakistani school. Journal of Language, Identity, & Education,
2(4), 301-317.
Ryan, S. (2006). Language learning motivation within the context of
globalization: An L2 self within an imagined global community. Critical
Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal, 3(1), 23-45.




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