Volumes and Special Issues of Journals – Deadlines October to December 2022

Alicante Journal of English Studies (Volume 39, July 2023) – Special issue: Morphology through the Prism of Exemplars
Submission of proposals: 15 October 2022

Special Issue Morphology through the Prism of Exemplars Alicante Journal of English Studies (Volume 39, July 2023) 
Edited by Elizaveta Tarasova & Natalia Beliaeva 

On the Journal 

Alicante Journal of English Studies/Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (RAEI), is pleased to  announce its Call for Papers for Volume 39 (Special Issue), whose date of publication is July 2023. RAEI is published biannually by the University of Alicante, and is currently indexed in Scopus,  DOAJ, ErihPlus, Latindex. Since its creation in 1988, its aim has been to provide a forum for  debate and an outlet for research involving all aspects of English studies. Articles are double-blind  peer-reviewed by external evaluators. For more information on RAEI: https://raei.ua.es/. You can  also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaeiJournal.  

On the Special Issue 

Subfields: 

Inflectional morphology, derivational morphology, morphological productivity, language  variation and change, word formation, word recognition 

Keywords: 

Exemplar theory, exemplar dynamics, frequency effects, morphological productivity, inflection,  derivation, individual differences 

Research question: 

Frequency, similarity, recency and analogy effects in inflection and derivation – how do insights  from Exemplar Theory complement research in morphology? 

Description: 

Exemplar theory came to linguistics from cognitive psychology, as a cognitive model of  categorization and concept learning. Exemplar Theory is not a stand-alone theory, but a set of  (usage-based) approaches which assume that linguistic knowledge is not necessarily generalized,  but is instead comprised of exemplars, i.e. specific tokens of experience, with overlapping  properties that are grouped together in memory. Each individual linguistic unit, e.g. a word,  encompasses a number of real life exemplars we may have come across.  

At the core of Exemplar Theory lies the idea that every time we encounter a linguistic unit  (through production or perception), there appears a trace in memory, or an exemplar. Further  encounters with the same (or similar) linguistic unit cluster in memory, and form a cloud of  memories of this unit. The size and the density of this cloud is dependent on the amount and quality of the exposure to this linguistic unit, as well as influencing the speaker’s future use of it in  communication. This makes the notions of similarity, frequency, and recency central to the  Exemplar theory. As Walsh et al. (2010) explain it: “… similarity between percepts and stored  exemplars facilitates categorization, frequency of occurrence influences exemplar access for  production, and recency of occurrence has an impact on both categorization and production.” 

Exemplar-based approaches seem to be majorly associated with formalist research on  phonology (Pierrehumbert 2001a, 2001b, 2006, Bybee 2001, 2006), and sociolinguistics  (Abramowicz 2007, Doherty and Foulkes 2014). Yet, the intuitively appealing, usage-based  assumptions of the Exemplar Theory have also attracted researchers from other fields, including  syntax (Bod 2006, Hay and Bresnan 2006), word recognition (Pierrehumbert 2016, Sumner et al.  2014), and language acquisition (Gertner et al. 2006, Savage et al. 2003, Childers & Tomasello  2001).  

With all this interest in the possibilities that Exemplar Theory may open for linguistic  analysis, the domain of morphology, especially derivational morphology, seems to be largely  avoided by the researchers. Morphological research that demonstrates application of at least some  of the principles of Exemplar Theory is mainly focused on inflectional morphology, e.g. prediction  of past tense verb forms (Albright & Hayes 2003, Rumelhart & McClelland 1986) or on  phonology-morphology interface, e.g. prediction of stress patterns in NN compounds (Plag 2010),  predicting the choice of linking morphemes (Krott et al. 2007). 

This is not surprising since derivation, when compared to inflection, is more haphazard,  less frequent and less predictable. Yet, as Bauer (2019) notes, applying Exemplar Theory approach  will allow for a new look at morphology, with no necessity for the division into inflection and  derivation: “Inflection and derivation may not even be relevant categories, but rather a proxy for  highly frequent and predictable versus less frequent and less predictable” (Bauer 2019, p.109).  Applying the principles of Exemplar theory will expand the domain of morphology to make it “…  the domain of generalizable structure within words rather than the analysis of those elements of  words which can be said to contribute to meaning in a consistent and predictable way” (Op cit.,  p.120). 

We are inviting contributions to discuss the implications of exemplar theory in the field of  inflectional and derivational morphology. The topics include but are not limited to: 

  • morphological productivity 
  • inflection and derivation 
  • exemplar dynamics in language variation and change 
  • word-formation patterns  
  • developmental morphology research 
  • the role of morphology in word recognition

Important deadlines

  • Submission of proposals (October 15, 2022): approx. 250-300 words. Please email your  proposals to etarasova@ipu.ac.nz and belayanaveta@gmail.com
  • Acceptance of proposals (November 15, 2022) 
  • Submission of manuscripts (February 15, 2023): to submit your manuscript (once your  proposal is accepted), go to https://raei.ua.es/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions.  Please make sure your manuscript conforms to the Author Guidelines. Should you have  any trouble submitting your paper, please contact jasanchez@ua.es or reme.perni@ua.es.  
  • Acceptance of manuscripts (April 15, 2023) 
  • Copyediting & typesetting (May-June) 
  • Publication of special issue (July 2023) 

References: 

  • Abramowicz, Ł. (2007). Sociolinguistics Meets Exemplar Theory: Frequency and Recency  Effects in (ing). University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 13. Retrieved  from https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol13/iss2/3 
  • Albright, A. and Hayes, B. (2003). Rules vs. analogy in English past tenses: a  computational/experimental study. Cognition, 90, 119–161. 
  • Bauer, L. (2019). Rethinking morphology. Edinburgh University Press. 
  • Bod, R. (2006). Exemplar-based syntax: How to get productivity from examples. The Linguistic  Review, 23, 291–320. 
  • Bybee, J. (2006). From usage to grammar: The minds response to repetition. Language, 84, 529– 551. 
  • Childers, J., and Tomasello, M. (2001). The role of pronouns in young children’s acquisition of  the English transitive construction. Developmental Psychology, 37, 739–748. 
  • Docherty, G.J., and Foulkes, P. (2014). An evaluation of usage-based approaches to the  modelling of sociophonetic variability. Lingua, 142, 42–56. 
  • Gertner, Y., Fisher, C., and Eisengart, J. (2006). Learning words and rules: Abstract knowledge  of word order in early sentence comprehension. Psychological Science, 17, 684–691.
  • Hay, J., and Bresnan, J. (2006). Spoken syntax: The phonetics of ‘‘giving a hand’’ in New  Zealand English. The Linguistic Review, 23, 321–349 
  • Krott, A., Schreuder, R., Baayen, R. H., and Dressler, W. U. (2007). Analogical effects on  linking elements in German compounds. Language and Cognitive Processes, 22, 25–57. 
  • Pierrehumbert, J. (2001a). Exemplar dynamics: Word frequency, lenition and contrast. In . J.  Bybee and P. Hopper (Eds.), Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure, 137– 158. John Benjamins. 
  • Pierrehumbert, J.B. (2001b). Word-specific phonetics. Northwestern University. Pierrehumbert, J.B. (2006). The next toolkit. Journal of Phonetics, 34, 516–530. 
  • Pierrehumbert, J.B. (2016). Phonological representation: Beyond abstract versus episodic.  Annual Review of Linguistics 2, 33–52. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-linguistics 030514-125050 
  • Plag, Ingo. (2010). Compound stress assignment by analogy: the constituent family  bias. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 29, 243–282. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1515/zfsw.2010.009
  • Rose, Y. (2017). Child Phonology. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.150 
  • Rumelhart, D., and McClelland, J. (1986). On learning the past tense of English verbs. In D. E.  Rumelhart & J. L. McClelland (Eds.), Parallel distributed processing: Explorations in the  microstructure of cognition: Vol. 2. Psychological and biological models, 272–326. MIT  Press. 
  • Savage, C., Lieven, E., Theakston, A., and Tomasello, M. (2003). Testing the abstractness of  children’s linguistic representations: Lexical and structural priming of syntactic  constructions in young children. Developmental Science, 6, 557–567. 
  • Sumner, M., Kim, S.K., King, E. and McGowan, K.B. (2014). The socially weighted encoding of  spoken words: A dual-route approach to speech perception. Frontiers in Psychology 4, 1– 13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.01015 
  • Walsh, M., Möbius, B., Wade, T., and Schütze, H. (2010). Multilevel Exemplar Theory.  Cognitive Science, 34, 537–582.

(Posted 21 May 2022)


Cultures of Empathy – special issue
Detailed for proposals and a short biography: 30 November 2022

Cultures of Empathy 

Guest editors: Pilar Cuder-Domínguez (COIDESO, University of Huelva, Spain), Ana Cristina  Mendes (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and Erzsébet Barát (University of Szeged, Hungary) 

During the European ‘migrant crisis’ of 2015, a Hungarian journalist was recorded tripping a  refugee father and child fleeing police, and in the ensuing public outrage over her breach of  journalistic distance and lack of empathy she lost her job. In 2021, the image of a Spanish Red  Cross volunteer comforting a migrant on a beach in Ceuta went viral and resulted in her being  targeted and abused online for what was seen by some as an excess of empathy. The vast  reach of the #BLM and #MeToo movements and the rise of anti-#BLM and #MeToo backlash  exemplify the complex ways in which empathy, generally understood as the ability to tune  into the experiences and emotions of others, currently plays a major role in social relationality  and public discourses. Theorists such as Nussbaum 1997, Hoffmann 2000, and Segal 2018 see  empathy as a necessary condition for moral development (e.g., in moral reasoning and moral  judgement), while feminist scholars favour “a more empathic, less rule-based approach to  human interactions” (Koehn 1998) and encourage “feminist empathic identification that  builds connections across boundaries of difference that divide women” (Gray 2011).  Empathy—what Blankenship (2019) calls “rhetorical empathy”—can be taught or at least promoted through exposure to narratives told from diverse vantage points. The fostering or  nurturing of empathy plays a critical role in global citizenship education. Based on the ethical  effects of narrative on readers, many school boards recommend Harper Lee’s To Kill a  Mockingbird (1960), due to Atticus Finch’s empathic qualities while discouraging or even  banning other fictional works.  

Empathy, however, also has its detractors. The idea of “narrative empathy” has been  challenged (Keen 2007). Especially in the Global North, emotional responses may be limited  to a voyeuristic thrill that stops short of engendering actual social change or advancing social  justice. As Pedwell (2014) puts it, empathy has become “a Euro-American political  obsession.” In addition, in our polarized cultural moment, empathy for empathy’s sake may  encompass “extreme acts of violence as well as many forms of accepted everyday behaviour”  (Breithaupt 2019). Empathetic gestures can, in fact, correspond to a fantasy of interpersonal  or group identification and contribute to obscure systemic inequalities (Gaines 2017). 

This special issue on Cultures of Empathy aims at analysing the forms and effects of empathic  interactions in language, literature, and culture. From the rhetoric of empathy to “empathic  vision” (Bennett 2005), empathy will be subjected to critical scrutiny. To this purpose, we  find very useful Keen’s definition of narrative empathy as “the sharing of feeling and  perspective-taking induced by reading, viewing, hearing or imagining narratives of another’s  situation and condition.” 

Contributions might address, but are not limited to: 

  • Teaching and learning empathy: conditioning empathic responses; reading and  emotional response. 
  • The language of empathy: styles of communication and conversation, empathetic  narrative techniques. 
  • Affective relationalities, emotional contagion, mutuality and interdependencies in  cultural texts, particularly in interspecies and intercultural contexts. 
  • Cognitive and affective dimensions of empathy in contraposition to false empathy,  hyper-empathy, and sympathy. 

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for full essays (7,500 words) as well as a short  biography (max. 100 words) should be sent to the guest editors by 30 November 2022:

This issue will be part of volume 28 (2024). All  inquiries regarding this issue can be sent to the three guest editors.

(Posted 3 March 2022)


EJES – Call for Papers for Volume 28 (2024): GRIT – Resilience, Resistance, and other Infrastructural Interventions
Deadline for essay proposals: 30 November 2022

The editors of EJES are issuing calls for papers for issues of the journal to be published in 2024. Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made. The deadline for essay proposals for this volume is 30 November 2022, with delivery of completed essays in the spring of 2023, and publication in Volume 28 (2024).

Procedure

EJES operates a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 30 November 2022.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board panel, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a spring 2023 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2023 for publication in 2024.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling. For more information about EJES, see: http://www.essenglish.org/ejes.html.

GRIT: Resilience, Resistance, and other Infrastructural Interventions

Grit names the residual grains that interrupt flow; it is also resolve, a pushing back on adversarial circumstances. Where Grit has recently become aligned with modes of success deriving from the mobilisation of privileges and capital, we want to shift away from individualist and entrepreneurial notions of ‘true grit’ to thinking about Grit as a relational and collective endeavour of interrupting processes of extraction and profit. Rather than espousing Grit as a quality that correlates with the maintenance of heightened performance in the face of resistance, we turn to the properties of resistance itself. Of particular interest is how Grit manifests itself within infrastructural assemblages and seemingly ‘smooth’ systems of production and circulation. Grit suggests processes of active resistance, requiring resolve and allowing for discomfort. Accordingly, resilience is reformulated in terms of solidarities and collective forms, rather than individual agencies. If resilience names a capacity to recover, what does it mean to think of disruption as a central tactic of recovery?

By loosening Grit from the grip of resilience discourses that position resolve as central to the continuation of petrocapital, we are interested in contributions that probe the specific ways in which infrastructures can be interrupted, hijacked, hacked and redirected through material practices and imaginative forms. From sabotage and strikes to ships in the Suez we are interested in those agents and agencies – human and non-human – of friction and resistance and what their intervention reveals about the working of the infrastructures in question.

We are particularly interested in those infrastructures that work with or through the oceans (such as pipelines, oil platforms, subsea cables, and container shipping). The shoreline, the liminal site between the land and the ocean, seems a particularly apt space from which to contemplate the intersections between environment, labour, and the infrastructures that mediate flows of power, resources, information, and waste products. Moreover, the world’s littorals mark places where the climate crisis makes landfall, with rising tides and degraded defences laying bare current and future vulnerabilities.

How can we trace disrupted infrastructures, and acts of their disruption, in cultural and literary texts? Are there specific aesthetics and forms entailed in Grit, and how might these be best described or classified? How does the failure of infrastructure – whether through ruination or direct intervention – expose the false promises of infrastructural development? What kinds of hijacking, hacking, and interrupting lay bare what aspects of the inherent assumptions of infrastructural arrangements? How do intersectional expectations of labour affect perceptions of intervention, resistance and disruption? Finally, what is the potential of Grit to resist, reconfigure and restore?

For this special issue, we are calling for contributions and ask for abstracts that address, circle or refuse the following themes:

  • Pelagic / off-shore infrastructures of energy
  • Power generation: specifically, thinking through the links of energy production and social reproduction
  • Collaborations of protest and slow violence in the mode of the saboteur
  • Histories of labour extraction and their infrastructures (slavery, indentured labour)
  • Cultural entanglements of infrastructural transitions, energy transitions, and power transitions
  • Narratives of transformations by dockyard and port labour organisations, esp. as pertains to interruptions of trade
  • Infrastructural sabotage and other disruptions
  • Thinking through the various materialities of Grit, e.g. in contrast / comparison to close cognates such as dirt, grain, dust, rust.
  • Connections between specific infrastructures and the kinds of interruptions that they attract
  • Aesthetics of Grit: What forms and modes does Grit take and how does it disrupt literary infrastructure?
  • Dwelling with the things that stop infrastructures working

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for full essays (7,500 words) as well as a short biography (max. 100 words) should be sent to the guest editors by 30 November 2022. This issue will be part of volume 28 (2024). All inquiries regarding this issue can be sent to the three guest editors.

  • Alexandra Campbell (University of Glasgow) <Alexandra.Campbell@glasgow.ac.uk>
  • Kylie Crane (University of Rostock) <Kylie.Crane@uni-rostock.de>
  • Katie Ritson (LMU Munich) <Katie.Ritson@carsoncenter.lmu.de>

(Published 28 April 2027)


Anglo Saxonica 2024 (special issue), Portugal
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2022

Anglo Saxonica is an open access multidisciplinary journal, with a long-standing reputation in the field that publishes original and innovative research and promotes dialogue on a variety of issues relevant to the study of English language, literatures, and cultures of the English-speaking world and geocultural areas. Its editorial policy embraces different academic approaches on current issues in English and American studies, includes original research articles, reviews, interviews, and selections of creative writing. The journal also publishes one special issue per year with a particular thematic focus, guest-edited by leading scholars in the field. Authors are not charged for submissions/publications.

We are looking for proposals for Special Issues via email directly to the Editors by the cut-off date of 31 December 2022 two years prior to the year in which guest editors wish to publish their issue. The next available slot for a special issue is in Volume 22, 2024. Submissions should include full contact details, a title, and a Call for Papers and/or a Table of Contents, as well as a production schedule

All the works submitted, in English or in Portuguese, are subjected to initial appraisal by the editors and, if found suitable for further consideration, to double blind peer review by independent expert referees.

For more information on the journal, the editorial team, special issues and submission guidelines, please visit the website: https://www.revista-anglo-saxonica.org/

(Anglo Saxonica is indexed in Scopus, ERIH PLUS and MLA Directory of Periodicals and is hosted  at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies)

 Contact Info: 

https://www.revista-anglo-saxonica.org/

https://www.revista-anglo-saxonica.org/about/submissions/

Contact Email: 

anglosaxonica@gmail.com

URL: https://www.revista-anglo-saxonica.org/

(Published 13 March 2022)