Call for papers: Monolingualism - Second Call for Papers

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Aug 17 13:23:45 UTC 2007

Sociolinguistic Studies

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2007

Monolingualism - Second Call for Papers

Papers are sought for a monograph to appear as a special issue of the
journal Sociolinguistic Studies (formerly Estudios de Sociolingüistica),
titled 'Monolingualism' in December 2008.

Sociolinguistic Studies.
Equinox Publishing, London, U.K., 3 issues per year.

Title: Monolingualism

Special issue Editor: Dr Elizabeth Ellis


It is widely accepted by linguists that bilingualism and multilingualism
are more common worldwide than monolingualism. However research has
concentrated on the former two; the implication being that monolingualism
is the norm, and that bi/multilingualism constitute aberrant states. In
contrast, there is little systematic investigation of monolingualism, and,
as Romaine (1995) points out, it would be strange to find a book with the
title 'Monolingualism'. The planned monograph will carry such a title, and
the papers it seeks to include will explore the phenomenon of
monolingualism from a number of different perspectives. These perspectives
might include language ideology, language choice in education, language
policy and planning, language awareness, second and third language teaching
and others from applied linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Papers are sought which might address, but need not be limited to, the
following questions:

-How can monolingualism be defined? Can it be considered a continuum in the
same way as bilingualism?

-What is a 'monolingual mindset'?

-How can we move beyond assertion to conduct research on the effects of a
monolingual mindset on individuals, families, communities and public policy?

-What is the impact of monolingualism on social and educational policy in
selected sites? What can be done to increase public awareness of the
effects of monolingual perspectives?

-What interdisciplinary perspectives are necessary to investigate
monolingualism, if, like bilingualism, we see it as social and cognitive as
well as linguistic?

-How can we investigate and critique monolingualism as a phenomenon while
avoiding vilifying individual monolinguals?

-How can linguists work as activists to resist monolingual discourses?

Papers which report empirical research studies focussing on monolingualism
are especially welcome.

Submission Process and Timeline

A proposal, consisting of title and draft abstract (150 - 200 words): due
31st August 2007

Submission of full paper (maximum 6000 words) for external blind review:
due 31st December 2007

All papers will be blind-reviewed by 2 expert reviewers, and acceptance
will be subject to reviews, with the final decision being made by the team
of Editors: Elizabeth Ellis, Xoán Paulo Rodriguez-Yáñez and Fernando

Publication: December 2008

Papers should be a maximum of 6000 words, excluding references and abstract.

Detailed guidelines for authors can be consulted at:

Proposals and enquiries should be addressed initially via email to Dr
Elizabeth Ellis, University of New England, NSW, Australia, at the following

NB This is a shortened form of the Call for Papers. For the full Call,
please contact

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