Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines January-March 2019

Call for Topics for Two Special Issues of European Journal of English Studies (Volume 25, to be published in 2021)
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2019

The general editors of the European Journal of English Studies are currently seeking proposals for two special issues of Volume 25 to be published in 2021. EJES presents work of the highest quality in English literature, linguistics and cultural studies. The journal’s acronym ‘EJES’ reflects on the journal’s aspiration to publish cutting-edge research within an outlook that questions boundaries between disciplines and cultural contexts. For us, ‘European’ does not describe a geography, but a situation in which ‘English’ is studied and taught in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts and across a range of disciplines. EJES is published by Taylor & Francis, a division of Routledge. The journal is peer reviewed and has an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects. Numbers of the special issues have been subsequently published by Routledge as books.

The general editors encourage proposals of up to 300 words for special issues that span divides between cultural theory, literary analysis and linguistics. Guest editing teams should be comprised of two individuals working in different localities within Europe. They should demonstrate significant editing experience. Please send your proposal by 1 March to all three general editors and see the EJES website for examples of earlier CFPs:

Greta Olson (Justus Liebig University of Giessen):
Isabel Carrera Suárez (University of Oviedo):
Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Artistotle University of Thessaloniki):

Recent special issues have included the following:

Volume 22 (2018)
22.1 Approaches to Old Age, eds Sarah Falcus and Maricel Oró Piqueras
22.2 Global Responses to the ‘War on Terror’, eds Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Frankfurt)
22.3 Poetry, Science and Technology, eds Irmtraud Huber (Berne), Wolfgang Funk (Mainz)

And the following future special issues are scheduled:

Volume 23 (2019)
23.1 Narratives of Religious Conversion from the Enlightenment to the Present, eds Ludmilla Kostova (Turnovo) and Efterpi Mitsi (Athens)
23.2 Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives, eds Jan Alber (Aachen) and Alice Bell (Sheffield)
23.3 Shame and Shamelessness in Anglophone Literature and Media, eds Katrin Röder (Potsdam), Christine Vogt-William (Berlin) and Kaye Mitchell (Manchester)

Volume 24 (2020)
Representing Trans, eds Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Berlin), Anson Koch-Rein (Grinnell) and Jasper Verlinden (Berlin)
Neo-Victorian Negotiations of Hostility, Empathy and Hospitality, eds Rosario Arias (Málaga) and Mark Llewellyn (Cardiff)
‘Decentering Commemorations’: Literary, Cultural, Historical and Political Commemorations across and beyond the British Isles, eds Antonella Braida-Laplace, Jeremy Tranmer, and Céline Sabiron (Lorraine)

(posted 5 February 2019)

Re-Membering Hospitality in the Mediterranean: Essays in Anglophone Literature, Arts, and Culture
A peer-reviewed edited volume
New extended deadline for proposals: 1 March 2019

Co-edited by Yasser Elhariry, Isabelle Keller-Privat, Edwige Tamalet Talbayev

Hospitality is a complex, paradoxical concept whose etymology foregrounds an aporia. Derived from hostis, the foreigner and potential enemy, the hospes or host welcomes the guest, implying an intricate relationship between receiver and received, insider and outsider, as well as a compensatory relation since both hospes and hostis derive from the Latin verb hostire: “to treat as equal,” “to compensate,” “to pay back” (Grassi 35). The foreigner shifts from the position of an endangered, alienated subject to one who is included within the protective folds of the polis and the home. In welcoming the other, the host not only shares his home and power, but also entitles the guest (if only temporarily) to his own power as despot—etymologically, “the master of the house who lays down the laws of hospitality” (Derrida 149)—while reasserting his own domination. As a result, the commutative essence of the relationship between host and guest—whereby, as René Schérer argues, the host “acknowledges, through and thanks to the figure of the guest, his own exilic self” (40)—is perpetually jeopardized. In Claude Raffestin’s formulation, “hospitality is a right that warrants the transgression of limits without entailing violence” (166; qtd. Grassi 23).

Indeed, hospitality in the Middle Ages was compulsory as anyone who was sedentary was likely to turn into a pilgrim: vagrants and beggars who transgressed the social order always found a protective threshold and a right of passage in medieval society. Hospitality was the ultimate gift, a gift that transcended the laws and materialized in the food or horses often bestowed upon the guest when he departed. This is what leads Schérer to posit that “hospitality has and is an economy, in the full sense of the word, because it constantly reestablishes the production and circulation of a flux that would otherwise petrify and impoverish itself” (126).

In contemporary society, however, this ultimate gift of the self—whereby hospitality stands out as “more than human, always engaging the divine [since] it is a god who is welcomed, a god bought by gifts, a mysterious Other” (Schérer 129)—is ruthlessly shattered. Developing Derrida’s concept of “hospitality, hostility, hostpitality” (45), Ana Manzanas Calvo and Jesús Benito Sánchez demonstrate that “hospitality […] can cannibalize the Other in a radical act of incorporation that apparently dissolves limits and demarcations” (84). Such is the case in the garden of evil in George Saunders’s “The Semplica-Girl Diaries” (2012), in which inanimate immigrants hanging on a line exemplify the cruel devitalization and “commodification of the Other” (Manzanas Calvo and Benito Sánchez 178). Hospitality violently, albeit surreptitiously, transforms the guest into a ghost, not unlike Oedipus who, Derrida shows, “presents himself as a spectre” (654) in the last abode where he is to be secretly buried.

This process of disincarnation takes the form of fierce linguistic, economic, and political processes of dehumanization, on both personal and state-orchestrated levels. The exiled Egyptian poet Edmond Jabès imagines a dialogue between hostis and hospes in which the latter asks: “What do you come to do in my country?” He insists that “your attachment to my homeland does not justify your permanent presence amongst us […] Stranger, you will always be a foreigner to me. Your place is your home and not here.” Seeking refuge in the hospitality of language, the guest ripostes: “Your country is that of my language” (Jabès 51). Linguistic (in)hospitability harkens to another etymological derivation of the verb hostire in the Latin hostia—the victim meant to alleviate the gods’ wrath. This root gave birth to the French word hostie, whose English translation, wafer, derives from a different origin, but still conveys the same idea: the ultimate selfless gift as a compensation for death and absence through a displaced form of presence.

Such is the ultimate meaning of Oedipus’s cryptic burial in a place where he does not belong and where he is not to be physically located, a place that he nevertheless keeps haunting. Though spectral and intangible, his presence is most acutely real in the very tears of Antigone. Her grief imparts visibility and reality to what is denied any visible existence: “Antigone asks something clear: that he see her at last, […] and see her weep. More specifically: she commands him to see her tears. The invisibility, the placelessness, the illocality” (Derrida 115).

These preoccupations are particularly resonant in the context of the Mediterranean space, where Anglophone writers have often seen a Promised Land that was soon to be denied or corrupted “by the specter of inhospitality” (Manzanas Calvo and Benito Sánchez 55). Whether we think of what Hakim Abderrezak reads as a story of the “Mediterranean seametery and cementery” (149), or of Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva renegotiating “his seemingly marginal positionality” as a modernist and avant-garde artist who disputes Western paradigms of modernity and tradition (Danos 78), we realize that artists and writers embedding their work in the Mediterranean always confront the dialectics of hospitality, and that the stereotyped vision of a fundamentally hospitable Mediterranean is at odds both with ancient laws and modern practices. Lawrence Durrell’s experience of hospitality in the Greek islands, for example, shows a world of “fragmentation, instability, and connectivity […] that opens up new connections” (Keller-Privat 47-48) by shattering and redefining common understandings and practices of hospitality. As “The Middle Sea” or the “Mare Nostrum” which has repeatedly been the stage of strong economic and colonial strife, the Mediterranean powerfully brings to the fore the ontological difficulty that lies at the heart of the praxis and ethics of hospitality. For, as Derrida reminds us, “what is difficult are the things that don’t let themselves be done [faire], and that, when the limit of difficulty has been reached, exceed even the order of the possible” (127). How does the Mediterranean invite us to rebuild new forms of artistic and literary forms of hospitality that challenge these boundaries? Antigone’s tears remind us that “there is no hospitality without memory. A memory that did not recall the dead person and mortality would be no memory. What kind of hospitality would not be ready to offer itself to the dead one, to the revenant?” (144).

Hospitality, therefore, is not a given fact of social praxis, or an innate ethical urge. Rather, it is a way of being in the world that is constantly reconstructed through past narratives, voices, and art works. These reconstructions “recall the dead and the mortal” in order to foster a boundary-crossing impetus that defies the laws. The process of reconstruction takes various forms and crosses linguistic boundaries through the appropriation of the Other’s language, words, and images, forging a committed type of heteroglossy (Paddington). It is always a reconstruction that challenges political and national forms of belonging. How then can the Mediterranean be considered as the ideal locus for re-membering hospitality? How does it operate as a creative node of hospitality that links the sea and the hinterland? How does it implement a radical connectivity between lands and people? How would it corroborate Jabès’s assumption: “Abiding by the unformulated imperatives of hospitality somehow implies learning our dependence upon others” (70)? May we read Anglophone Mediterranean explorations in the poetry, fiction, and travel books it has nurtured as the place where “the boundless hospitality of the book” (67) is redefined and reasserted—remembering and transcending the memory of all those who, in the wake of Odysseus, brought nothing with them but the fluidity of time and space, and the intimate knowledge that we are all transient guests on earth?

Papers may focus on the displacement and resemanticization of Mediterranean and Biblical narratives of hospitality in Anglophone literature and the arts. The Mediterranean may also be envisaged as a locus of displaced, unexpected hospitality for early modernist female writers. Anglophone writers taking shelter in the Mediterranean also experience the “limits of difficulty” in the hospitality they are granted: an indomitable sense of estrangement lies at the heart of a new belonging, notably in works that contribute to the re-membering of a hospitality that is constantly endangered. The specific locations of hospitality—pilgrims’ hospitals, hospices, convents, and, later on, hostels and hotels—also play an important role in the narratives redefining the contours of the Mediterranean, where early travelers navigated between hostility and hospitality, and where modern ones often stand out as precarious guests. The hospitality that writers and artists have sought, received, and rebuilt on Mediterranean shores, particularly in the tightly woven artist colonies that spanned the Near and Middle Easts in the twentieth century, may also be envisaged as a hermeneutic tool for the critique of our present-day “sick hospitality” (Manzanas Calvo and Benito Sánchez 107). From that perspective, the Mediterranean may be considered as the locus of a newly founded commonality whereby, as Andrew Benjamin argues, “centrality would be attributed to relationality. Being-in-common […] marks the primordiality of relationality, and thus what counts as human being needs to be incorporated within a relational ontology” (29).

Historical, mythological, ethnographic, visual, literary, cinematic, and intermedial approaches are all welcome provided that they define and articulate a concept of hospitality, its relation with memory, and the confrontations and reunions that substantiate the emergence and deployment of new forms of commonality within the Mediterranean space.

Manuscripts will be rigorously edited prior to submission to the press. We are also applying for funding for a symposium that will offer all contributors the opportunity to meet at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès in Spring 2020 ahead of publication.


  • Abderrezak, Hakim. “The Mediterranean Seametery and Cementery in Leïla Kilani’s and Tariq Tenguia’s Filmic Works.” Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Æsthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis, ed. yasser elhariry and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev. New York: Palgrave, 2018, pp. 147-161.
  • Benjamin, Andrew. Place, Commonality and Judgment: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks. London: Continuum, 2010.
  • Danos, Antonis. “Mediterranean Modernisms: The Case of Cypriot Artist Christoforos Savva.” Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Æsthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis, ed. yasser elhariry and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev. New York: Palgrave, 2018, pp. 77-110.
  • Derrida, Jacques. Of Hospitality. Anne Dufourmantelle Invites Jacques Derrida to respond. Stanford : Stanford University Press, 2000.
  • Eells, Emily, Christine Berthin, and Jean-Michel Déprats, eds. L’Étranger dans la langue. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2013.
  • Elhariry, Yasser, and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev, eds. Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Æsthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis. New York: Palgrave, 2018.
  • Gifford, James. Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes. Alberta: The University of Alberta Press, 2014.
  • Goethals, Helen, and Isabelle Keller-Privat, eds. Le Pays méditerranéen en profondeur/The Mediterranean and Its Hinterlands. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2018.
  • Grassi, Marie-Claire. “Passer le seuil.” Le Livre de l’hospitalité: accueil de l’étranger dans l’histoire et les cultures, ed. Alain Montandon. Paris: Bayard, 2004, pp. 21-34.
  • Jabès, Edmond. Le Livre de l’hospitalité. Paris: Gallimard, 1991.
  • Keller-Privat, Isabelle. “Lawrence Durrell’s Mediterranean Shores: Tropisms of a Receding Line.” Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Æsthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis, ed. yasser elhariry and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev. New York: Palgrave, 2018, pp. 45-64.
  • Le Blanc, Guillaume, and Brugère Fabienne. La Fin de l’hospitalité: Lampedusa, Lesbos, Calais… jusqu’où irons-nous? Paris: Flammarion, 2017.
  • Manzanas Calvo, Ana, and Jesús Benito Sánchez. Hospitality in American Literature and Culture. Spaces, Bodies, Borders. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Montandon, Alain, ed. Le Livre de l’hospitalité: accueil de l’étranger dans l’histoire et les cultures. Paris: Bayard, 2004.
  • Paddington, P. L. “L’hétéroglossie ponctuelle.” L’Étranger dans la langue, ed. Emily Eels, Christine Berthin, and Jean-Michel Déprats. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2013, pp. 57-71.
  • Raffestin, Claude. “Réinventer l’hospitalité.” Communications n°65. L’hospitalité. Paris: Seuil, 1997, pp. 165-177.
  • Saunders, Georges. “The Semplica-Girl Diaries.” The New Yorker. 15 October 2012. https://
  • Schérer, René. Hospitalités. Paris : Anthropos, 2004.
  • ———— Zeus hospitalier. Paris: La Table Ronde, 2005.

(posted 1 October 2018, updated 9 January 2019)

Epistemocriticism of Victorian and Edwardian Literature
Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 90 (Autumn 2019)
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2019

Issue number 90 of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens ( will be entitled “Epistemocriticism of Victorian and Edwardian Literature” and will be published in the autumn of 2019. It is meant as a tribute to Annie Escuret who was professor at Université Paul Valéry–Montpellier 3 for many years and the director of this journal from 1997 to 2013, and it will also stand as a continuation of issue 46, “H. G. Wells : Science & Fiction in the 19th century”, which was edited by Annie Escuret in October 1997, when she took up the direction of the journal and brought it to its renowned standard.

That issue proposed the then innovative approach of epistemocriticism: Eliot, Dickens, Meredith, Hardy and Wells were studied in the light of her favourite contemporary French theorists—Michel Serres, Henri Atlan, Michel Foucault, Michel Pierssens, Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers—as well as that of Anglophone scholars, such as Gillian Beer (Darwin’s Plots), Sally Shuttleworth (George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science), George Levine (Darwin and the Novelists), Gerard Holston (Thematic Origin of Scientific Thought : Kepler to Einstein), or Peter Morton (The Vital Science : Biology and the Literary Imagination). It was thus that issue 46 meant to capture the relationships between science and fiction and more generally the encounters between oeuvres and knowledge. Such encounters are at the core of the epistemocritic perspective which consists in analyzing the uses a text makes of scientific knowledge and how it in turn produces knowledge itself. Indeed, more than any other period in human history, the 19th century witnessed the extensive development of science and literature, with the growth of the realist / naturalist novel, but also the advent and rapidly growing hegemony of a vast number of sciences and a new episteme.

Sciences are certainly many and varied, and to the well-known and established sciences, the 19th century added some of the most illustrious – or notorious – pseudo-sciences, namely J. K. Lavater’s physiognomony, Franz Josef Gall’s phrenology, Cesare Lombroso’s criminal anthropology, as well as graphology, pathognomy, craniology, which were often used to dubious ends. However, this was also a century which most particularly witnessed much more seriously-oriented scientific developments, such as those of economics, thermology, thermodynamics, cosmology, physics, chemistry, electricity, magnetism, geology, biology, psychology, sociology, medicine, heredity, evolutionism, determinism, eugenics, physiology. The 19th century can boast the advent of sciences concerned with the living world, a potentially fertile connecting ground between sciences and literature. Thanks to widespread theories of the living world, cultural representations of living organisms diffused widely and influenced historical, political and social thinkers; simple analogies, such as grafting, invention, cross-breeding are just as many scientific concepts that found their way into the literary works of Victorian and Edwardian authors, who were both witnesses and actors in this most fertile period.

Please send your proposals to Luc Bouvard by January 15th, 2019 at the latest.

Your article may be in French or in English. Please abide by the « instructions to authors » posted on the CVE website at the following address. for articles written in French. for articles written in English.

(posted 29 June 2018)

Our City or An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicestershire
Submissions in a book about Leicestershire edited by Jon Wilkins, published by Dahlia Publishing
Deadline for Submissions: 31 January 2019

I was reading my favourite Francophile crime writer, Cara Blacks “Murder in Saint Germain”. Her hero, Aimee Leduc scoots around Paris solving crimes. Paris is the key, the second most important character in her books. Aimee’s partner Rene, mentions Georges Perec and his writing in the story. Perec spent three days in St Sulphice, Paris, watching Paris and its people which resulted in a creative wonder that is “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris”.
Inspired by Perec’s work, I would like to invite writers and non-writers to help craft Leicester’s own version of “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.”
In particular, I would like to read pieces on the following topics: the city, the county, its people, places of interest, social history, sport or food.
You can use the city as a backdrop for your story, or turn it into the main character. It could be set in the past, present or future. It can be a ghost story set in the city, a short story about your love of Leicester City FC, a poem about one of the green spaces, there are no hard and fast rules, but it must capture the spirit of Leicester or Leicestershire. It should show your LOVE of the city.
Submissions invited include: • Fiction 2,000-4,000 words • Poetry 50 lines maximum • Short Story 2,000-4,000 words • Flash fiction 100-500 words • Creative non-fiction 2,000-4,000 words • Essay 2,000-4,000 words We welcome contributions in your mother tongue, accompanied by an English translation. • Each contributor will receive two complimentary copies of the anthology, scheduled to be published by Dahlia Publishing in October 2019. • You retain individual copyright of your contribution. Please send completed submissions, along with a short bio to You will be given the opportunity to read your work at the launch event. Deadline for Submissions: 31 January, 2019.
Jon Wilkins

(posted 11 September 2018)

 ‘My Soul is a Witness”: Reimagining African American Women’s Spirituality and the Black Female Body in African American Literature
A special issue of Religions
Deadline: 15 February 15 2019
Edited by: Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Delaware
Katherine Clay Bassard declares nearly twenty years ago in her formative text Spiritual Interrogations, that in order to more fully consider the multiple ways Black women have spiritually represented themselves as sacred subjects in African American literature, one must consider a variety of religious traditions that help to shape these religious experiences, including but not limited to Christianity, Islamic, African and neo-African traditional religions, among others. More importantly, the practice of examining black women’s intertextuality (what Bassard terms spiritual interrogation) supports ways of reading that provide a richer understanding of the ways in which the sacred and secular, the spiritual and political serve as lens through which to consider African American female subjectivity in all of its nuanced complexity.
This special issue seeks creative and thoughtful essays that explore the ways in which writers reclaim, reimagine, and in some ways create the black female body in African American literature using the theoretical, social, cultural, and religious frameworks of spirituality and religion. Of key importance to this collection is black women’s agency and self-advocacy—acknowledged and affirmed in prose, poetry, essays, speeches, written plays, or short stories. Whether it is Indigo (Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo) conceiving a world with her dolls that shepherds her through her rite of passage to womanhood, Baby Suggs declaring in her “fixing ceremonies” in the Clearing that “in this here place, we flesh,” (Beloved),  Mattie Michael healing herself and other Black women and their communal trauma in her bathing rituals (Women of Brewster Place), or Florence at the altar (Go Tell It On the Mountain), authors have sought to discuss the tensions of a lived and imagined existence pivoting the sacred and secular through concepts such as forgiveness, redemption, political freedom and social liberation, passion, alienation, motherhood, sex, marriage, among others.
If you would like to submit an essay for consideration in this special e-book collection, please follow the special link at the head of this CFP for more information.
Religions is an international, open-access scholarly journal, publishing peer reviewed studies of religious thought and practice. It is indexed in A&HCI (Web of Science), ATLA Religion Database and in SCOPUS, which gave it a Citescore of 0.51 and listed it among the top 6% of the 371 religious studies journals SCOPUS surveyed in 2016. PDF downloads per month = 59,700+/-.

(posted 21 August 2018)

The adjective category in English
Lexis nr 15, 2020
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2019


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The e-journal LexisJournal in English Lexicology – will publish its 15th issue in 2020. It will be guest-edited by Vincent Hugou (Université de Tours) and Vincent Renner (Université Lumière Lyon 2) and will deal with “adjectives in English”, a lexical class known for its heterogeneity and instability.The adjective category in EnglishA heterogeneous classEnglish adjectives are quite heterogeneous in their semantics, as is attested by the many classifications found in the literature on the basis of syntactico-semantic criteria (qualifying / relational, classifying / non-classifying, objective / subjective, descriptor / classifying, intensive / non-intensive, etc.), or logico-semantic criteria (e.g. intersective / non intersective).English adjectives also present considerable morphological diversity. The field of lexical morphology has received more scholarly attention than that of inflectional morphology which is now limited to synthetic comparatives and superlatives. Next to simplex adjectives, which can be viewed, at least synchronically, as morphologically unanalyzable roots and tend to express universal semantic types, English complex adjectives can be formed by affixation or compounding, or by using the non-concatenative processes of reduplication (easy-peasy, super-duper), clipping (hyper, delish), or conversion (a through train).

Instability of the class

The adjective category is also characterized by many interactions within and across its unstable boundaries, so much so that the relevance of a category in its own right could be questioned. The commonalities that the adjective shares with the noun are a reminder that the former was listed as a sub-category of the latter for a long time (cf. the classical dichotomy between nomen substantivum and nomen adjectivum). This is still evidenced by adjectives functioning as NP heads and by nouns used as adjectives. By the same token, some parallels have been drawn between adjectives and verbs (e.g. adjectival past participles), and between adjectives and adverbs (as in e.g. to scare easy).Categorial shifts within the class also underscore that borderlines are quite blurry rather than clearly demarcated. This applies, for example, to relational adjectives which, when modified by a degree word, lose their (relational) status, or to predicative-only adjectives, which in some contexts can function attributively (I need some alone time).Contributors are thus invited to work with this dual perspective in mind: that which concerns the diversity of the class, which also raises the issue of the addition of new members and its renewal, and another which links the discussion to the instability of the class and its subclasses.Regarding diversity and heterogeneity, one may choose to further investigate the most productive word-formation patterns in present-day English (and their variation across genres, varieties of English worldwide, etc.). Regarding categorial instability, the very possibility of talking about an ‘adjective’ per se and the extent to which determining a prototype for the class is relevant could be investigated. It could also be of interest to find out whether the emergence of ‘new’ adjectives, especially the extension of the class to members deviating from the prototype, confirms or disconfirms the classifications already proposed in the literature. The interaction of morphology and semantics and even pragmatics could also lead to new proposals. Determining whether within-category variation is unidirectional and whether trends and tendencies can be detected is another area of interest.In order to illustrate and substantiate their findings, contributors are invited to adopt a corpus-based approach. Taking into account a variety of discourse types (literary, political, scientific, legal, journalistic, etc.), and genres (pieces of legislation, reports, prayers, recipes, etc.), as well as textual sequences (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, etc.), could also provide stimulating perspectives.Contributions may draw on various fields of linguistics (sociolinguistics, ESP, contrastive linguistics, historical linguistics, etc.), as well as various related fields (stylistics, ELT, lexicography, etc.). Attempts to combine different levels of analysis (morphology, semantics, syntax, phonology, etc.) will be especially appreciated. All theoretical approaches are welcome.Finally, contributions may focus on one specific adjective or a whole subclass (e.g. ethnic adjectives, intensive adjectives, gradable antonyms), a pair of adjectives (small vs. little) or an adjective-based phrase (e.g. preposition + adjective, in short, in earnest), or even a broader construction that contains an adjective (e.g. some resultative constructions).Five broad lines of research may be considered, though they should not be viewed as restrictive or mutually exclusive:

  • Delineating the class of adjectives as well as its subclasses: borderline cases (drawing the line between verbal past participles and adjectival past participles; cases of full or partial conversion); terminological uncertainties, intersections and differences between French and English terminology;
  • Adding new members to the class: adjectival neologisms, nonce formations, hapaxes, recent borrowings; humorous and/or expressive formations; the study of the productivity of a specific word-formation pattern; the coining of new words on the basis of a non-productive pattern (hiking in forests that just a few decades before had been aroar with the sound of the passenger pigeons’ wings (COCA)); adjectives and adverbial particles (coffeed out), or prepositions (laugh-at-able); idioms of comparison or frozen similes (black as pitch / pitch-black, white as snow / snow-white, but happy as a clam?clam-happy…); new uses of adjectives and their lexicographical treatment;
  • Meaning construction: metonymic uses (he’s bald vs. ?his head is bald); adjectives and metaphors; hypallage; elliptical constructions (what’s the latest?); the study of a special semantic subclass such as those adjectives denoting a dysfunctional physical and psychological state and their polysemy; compound adjectives and intensity (dog-tired, butt-ugly); adjectives and sociolects (slang);
  • The issue of competition: affixal rivalry, which also raises the question of a (quasi-)complementary distribution (e.g. –ish vs. –y, –y vs. –ous); categorial competition;
  • Constructions with adjectives in combination: collocations and idioms; the comparative-correlative construction (the more… the more…); constructions in which the adjective is made to occupy the syntactic slot of another category.


Ackerman Farrell & Goldberg Adele, 1996, “Constraints on adjectival past participles”, in Goldberg Adele (ed.), Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language, Stanford: CSLI, 17-30.

Albrespit Jean, 2005, « Le suffixe –ish en anglais : comparaison par approximation », in Mérilloux Catherine (éd.), « Intensité, comparaison, degré », 2, Travaux linguistiques du CERLICO 18, Rennes : Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Baker Mark, 2003, Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berg Thomas, 2000, “The position of adjectives on the noun-verb continuum”, English Language and Linguistics 4 (2), 269-293.

Blödhorn Lars, 2008, Postmodifying Attributive Adjectives in English: an Integrated Corpus-based Approach, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Bolinger Dwight, 1967, “Adjectives in English: attribution and predication”, Lingua 18, 1-34.

Dixon Robert, 1982, Where have All the Adjectives Gone?, and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax, Berlin: De Gruyter.

Englebretson Robert, 1997, “Genre and Grammar: Predicative and Attributive Adjectives in Spoken English”, Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 23(1), 411-421.

Ferris Connor, 1993, The Meaning of Syntax: A Study in the Adjectives of English, London / New York: Longman.

Günther Christine, Kotowski Sven & Plag Ingo, 2018, “Phrasal compounds can have adjectival heads: Evidence from English”, English Language and Linguistics, FirstView, Daniel, 2014, L’Adjectif en anglais et en français. Syntaxe, sémantique et traduction, Thèse de Doctorat, Université Paris Sorbonne.

Hirtle Walter, 1969, “-ed adjectives like ‘verandahed’ and ‘blue-eyed’”, Journal of Linguistics 6, 19-36.

Maniez François, 2012, “A corpus-based study of adjectival vs. nominal modification in medical English”, in Boulton Alex, CarterThomas Shirley & RowleyJolivet Elizabeth (eds.), “Corpus-Informed Research and Learning in ESP: Issues and Applications”, Studies in Corpus Linguistics 52, Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 83-102.

Marchis Moreno Mihaela, 2018, Relational Adjectives in Romance and English: Mismatches at Interfaces, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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(posted 18 March 2019)