16.230 call for papers: The Multilingual Internet

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 230.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 06:24:00 +0100
             From: Susan Herring <susan@ling.uta.edu>
             Subject: CFP: The Multilingual Internet

    Call For Papers



    Brenda Danet Susan Herring
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem Indiana University
    and Yale University Bloomington
    brenda.danet@yale.edu herring@indiana.edu

            In today's multilingual, global world, hundreds of millions
    of people are communicating on the Internet not only in its
    established lingua franca, English, but also in many other
    languages. To date, the research literature in English on the
    features of computer-mediated communication has focused almost
    exclusively on emergent practices in English, neglecting
    developments within populations communicating online in other
    languages. This is a Call for Papers for a special issue of the
    Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, a peer-reviewed online
    journal. We may also edit a follow-up book on the same theme,
    containing a wider selection of papers, with a major publisher.

    Papers may relate to instant messaging, private email, postings to
    listserv lists and newsgroups, text-only chat, e.g., on IRC or MOOs,
    visually enhanced chat, or SMS (short message service) in mobile
    phone use.

    We invite papers on topics such as:

    --The influence of the local language on the use of a medium, e.g.,
    the distinctive features of email or chat in languages with specific
    font-related requirements (e.g., French, Russian, Hindi, Arabic,
    Korean, Chinese).

    --Cultural constraints on the use of the medium, e.g., how traditional
    requirements for deference in Japanese language and culture are
    realized or modified in online communication; Italian non-verbal and
    verbal expressivity as realized in typed chat.

    --Comparison of the distinctive features of email or chat in two or
    more language-culture groups or sub-groups with differing cultural
    orientations, e.g., Austrian German versus German German.

    --Chat in situations of diglossia--differentiation between spoken and
    written languages and dialects (e.g., Moroccan spoken Arabic and how
    it is being realized in typed chat).

    --Code-switching in bilingual or multilingual online communication.

    --The clash between requirements of formality in the letter-writing
    tradition in a given language-culture constellation and the trend
    toward speech-like patterns in online textual communication.

    --Language and play with culture, including play with identity
    (e.g., via nicknames).

    --A comparison of online communication within the same language-
    culture group but in different languages, e.g., Israeli chat in
    English versus Hebrew.

    --The effects of the English language or global "netspeak" (Crystal,
    2001) on email and chat in the local language.

    --Online communication in English by non-native speakers, focusing
    on language and culture issues.

    Submission procedures:

    Potential authors should submit a preliminary proposal of 500-1000
    words by November 30, 2002 (earlier submissions are encouraged).
    The proposal should describe the research question, the data and
    methods of analysis, preliminary findings/observations and their
    broader significance, and should include selected references. The
    proposal should also include a tentative paper title.

    Authors whose proposals are accepted for inclusion will be invited
    to submit a full paper of roughly 7,000-10,000 words by April 15,
    2003. Since JCMC is an interdisciplinary journal, authors should
    plan for papers that will be accessible to non-specialists. If you
    have a potentially suitable paper that is already published or
    slated for publication elsewhere, we would also like to hear from
    you, as it might be possible to republish high quality articles in
    the follow-up book.

    Questions? Proposal ideas? Please address all correspondence
    electronically to both co-editors: Brenda Danet
    (brenda.danet@yale.edu) and Susan Herring (herring@indiana.edu).

    A Web version of this Call for Papers is available at:

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