AWPEL * Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics

AWPEL * Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics
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Introducing AWPEL

AWPEL is a blind double peer-reviewed on-line journal dedicated to the ethnographic study of language from a variety of perspectives, published by the Laboratory for Ethnographic Studies on Language (LESOL) at the Department of Social Anthropology & History of the University of the Aegean, on Lesbos. Our aim is to provide an interdisciplinary venue for the advancement of ethnographic linguistics. Τhe journal is published twice a year (Spring & Fall) in English; submissions in Greek and other languages may also be accepted in special issues, at the discretion of the editors. AWPEL’s Editorial board reflects the diverse pedigree of ethnographic research on language –understandably, with an emphasis on linguistics and anthropology– as well as the journal’s international profile and scope. AWPEL invites submissions (original papers, data reports, review articles, book reviews) on an on-going basis, while also aiming for calls for special issues with guest editors.

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2nd Issue “Ethnographic Accounts of Linguistic Issues in the Yugoslav Successor States”

Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics

Call for Papers

Ethnographic accounts have been central to debates on language questions during and after the fall of Yugoslavia and the official disavowal of Serbo-Croatian. The gradual dissolution of the pluricentric Serbo-Croatian standard has been accompanied by active language policies in most of the new nation states emerging after the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, using linguistic features and public discussions about language use as a matter of nation building and delimitation from the new neighboring countries. However, these specific post-conflict incidents of the lingua franca of the region –former Serbo-Croatian and present-day BCMS (Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian)– are not the only areas of research which may be observed in the region adopting an ethnographic perspective on language. A rich history as well as a multilayered political, cultural and, undeniably, linguistic everyday life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosov@, and Slovenia make these countries good case studies for theoretical and empirical questions on the role of language in people’s everyday life.

The scope of the second issue of Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics will be broad with regard to the issues covered, and yet specific in its concentration on the region of former Yugoslavia – including not only the countries where BCMS has always been spoken as a mother tongue, but also Macedonia, Kosovo, and Slovenia, where Macedonian, Albanian, and Slovenian have been used as mother tongues along with BCMS, allowing for one of the most fascinating linguistic and cultural landscapes in Europe.

Work on (but not limited to) the following topics is especially welcome:

  • the interaction of language and space
  • language change and language contact
  • national and state-based language politics (top-down)
  • grassroots language politics (bottom-up)
  • language and identity (national, ethnic, gendered, sexual, religious, etc.)
  • language at the inner and outer borders of former Yugoslavia

The second issue of the AWPEL will appear in summer 2017. Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić from Humboldt-University in Berlin will be the guest-editor of this volume.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by specialists in the field and published in accordance with the open-access online policies of the journal. Abstracts (400-800 words) should be sent to by 13 February, 2017.

Draft papers (8500-9500 words) should be submitted for double blind review by 24 April, 2017.

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