Issue 1
Language, gender, and sexuality

LESoL announces Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics (AWPEL), an open acces online edition the first special issue of which is scheduled to appear at the end of 2016 and it is devoted to “Language, gender, and sexuality”. We hope to be in a position to publish the journal twice a year (January and July) and we welcome suggestions for special issues and guest editors in the immediate future. The languages of the journal are English and Greek.


Costas Canakis, University of the Aegean

Theodore Paradellis, University of the Aegean

Editorial Board

George Androulakis, University of Thessaly

Argiris Archakis, University of Patras

Alexandra Bakalaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Syridoula Bella, University of Athens

Ranko Bugarski, University of Belgrade

Marianthi Georgalidou, University of the Aegean

Victor Friedman, The University of Chicago

Brian Joseph, Ohio State University

Katja Kahlina, University of Helsinki

Maria Kakridi-Ferrari, University of Athens

Venetia Kantsa, University of the Aegean

Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Christopher Less, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Marianthi Makri-Tsilipakou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Paul Manning, Trent University

Iphigeneia Moulinou, University of Athens

Eleni Papagaroufali, Panteion University

Theodosia-Soula Pavlidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Effie Plexousaki, University of the Aegean

Unn Røyneland, Universitetet i Oslo

Maria Sifianou, University of Athens

Irene Theodoropoulou, Qatar University

Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg & University of Agder

Villy Tsakona, Democritus University of Thrace

Stavroula Tsiplakou, Open University of Cyprus

Roula Tsokalidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Christian Voß, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Yannis Yiannitsiotis, University of the Aegean

Issue 2

Aegean Working Papers in Ethnographic Linguistics

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

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.

Please see for more information on AWPEL.