[lg policy] Fwd: VAR-L Digest - 18 Apr 2013 to 19 Apr 2013 (#2013-68)

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
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  VAR-L Digest - 18 Apr 2013 to 19 Apr 2013 (#2013-68) Table of contents:

   - Sportscaster English: a new longitudinal corpus <#13e248e9b015943a_S1>
   - Call for journal papers: Lang policy, religions and institutions
   (deadline 1 May 2013) <#13e248e9b015943a_S2>


   1. Sportscaster English: a new longitudinal corpus
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      *From:* Damien Hall <damien.hall at NEWCASTLE.AC.UK>
   2. Call for journal papers: Lang policy, religions and institutions
   (deadline 1 May 2013)
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      *From:* Damien Hall <damien.hall at NEWCASTLE.AC.UK>


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 Harold F. Schiffman

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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Just an idea, if you're interested in the development of individuals' lexica and styles over time: there is a new corpus of the American sportscaster Bob Wolff's interviews over an amazing 74 years, which he is now donating to the Library of Congress (and which will therefore be publicly available). This was the original idea, from a friend:

'One of the commonalities between Hans Van de Velde's and William Kemp's early work is that they both saw the possibilities of analysing the change in reportorial styles in Dutch and Quebecois radio-speech, and its interaction with change in real time past adolescence.  Van de Velde has recently returned to this work, mining new sports data in 2010. 

Some student out there might take a lead from this work, and access a new corpus to impressive effect.  This has the potential to become a very interesting study.'

Here's the _New York Times_ article on the new corpus:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/sports/baseball/bob-wolff-a-broadcaster-who-saved-his-work-has-much-to-share.html

Here's Hans Van de Velde's response to the idea:

'I hope you can post that!! someone should run right out to LC and access those files, since both the sportscaster and the interviewees tend to recur in the 74!! year record, and the sportscaster is still active enough to donate his collection, which means the researcher could actually talk to one of the principals, to determine the degree to which the changes over the last 74 years have been 'from above the level of awareness'.  this is fantastic stuff!!'

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Damien Hall
Newcastle University (UK)

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I've been invited to forward to the list this call for papers for the journal _Language Policy_. Like my post about discourse the other day, this may not be this list's usual concern, but I know there are some people here who work on religious language - and the quantitative approach is explicitly not excluded in this call.

Damien

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CALL FOR PAPERS

LANGUAGE POLICY AND THE RECONCEPTUALIZATION OF RELIGIONS AS AND IN INSTITUTIONS

The journal _Language Policy_ invites papers for a thematic issue highlighting innovative research on the role of language policy in reconceptualizing religions both as and in institutions. In recent years, religious language policy research (cf. Liddicoat, 2012; Omoniyi, 2010; Spolsky, 2009) has focused on the ways that religion is a central element that shapes language forms, literacy practices, language ideologies, and language management in a range of global, national, state, family, and other interactional environments. Building upon this significant research, this thematic issue considers the complex ways that language policies shape and are shaped by communities' ideologies about the role (or lack thereof) religion in their lives and institutions. This special issue therefore provides a forum for analyses of how language practices, beliefs, and management intersect with religious beliefs, convictions, and ideologies at the local and global levels.
 
As traditional religious practices are interpreted in novel modes and contexts in the globalizing world, it becomes necessary to reconsider the role that religion may or may not play in how communities define themselves, and the ways in which boundaries between categories of religiosity, secularism, and spirituality are negotiated through language policies. One primary interest is in exploring how these processes of religious interpretation and negotiation embodied in language use may take place in traditional institutions (e.g., houses of worship, religious schools) as well as in settings in which groups of people use and/or think about religion (or lack thereof) as an organizing principle for their everyday lives. An additional area of interest is how individuals and groups negotiate, define, appropriate, and creatively employ language in ways that may counter the policies of religious institutions or nations. Lastly, we are interested in how individuals and groups create their own religious language policies in schools, homes and communities that structure how they interact with others in both religious and nonreligious environments.
 
Submissions are invited from anthropological, sociological, linguistic, and/or historical perspectives, across methodological frameworks, and focus on both historical and contemporary sites. The issue assumes language policy as practice, ideology and management. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
 
*      The boundaries/differences between and within religious groups and how these are negotiated through language policies
*      The ways that language practices may complement and/or replace other religious practices
*      How and why particular languages (e.g., endangered languages) get sacralized and the roles this may play in language maintenance and revitalization efforts
*      The role of religious language management in missionization/evangelical Christianity, the spread of Islam, the Arab Spring, and post-communist nations 
Those interested in contributing should submit a title and abstract (up to 300 words) to the guest editors of the thematic issue, Netta Avineri and Sharon Avni at email: langpolicyreligion at gmail.com by May 1, 2013. After an initial abstract selection process, authors will be invited to submit full papers by November 1, 2013. All papers will undergo double-blind peer review. Though part of a thematic issue, each paper will get reviewed individually. For information about the journal and author guidelines, see:
http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/10993

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