The new Journal of Language and Discrimination will be launched in 2017 with Equinox.
Discrimination is an important research topic in a large number of diverse but related fields, including linguistics, law, anthropology, sociology and psychology. This complex, multidisciplinary research topic often has a strong focus and concern with language. The new Journal of Language and Discrimination aims to bring together a multidisciplinary synergy of approaches on discrimination as a complex linguistic and non-linguistic phenomenon. In bringing together different research strands that focus on discrimination, the journal hopes to serve as a catalyst for innovation and play a pivotal role in establishing interdisciplinary language and discrimination research worldwide.
Discrimination is often intimately linked to language. Verbal exchanges may be seen to embody discriminatory uses of language, and linguistic features often play an important role in reproducing, maintaining or subverting systems of discrimination. An alleged discriminatory event may, for instance, be played out discursively in legal rulings, print and broadcast media and social media, creating a complex picture of linguistic patterns and discourse strategies.
Analysing the linguistic strategies of such an event allows for a more comprehensive understanding of discrimination and the actors involved, and goes some way towards understanding the impact of discriminatory incidents in context and in society more generally. There is a struggle over language about whose meaning of a term is accepted or who gets to name someone in a particular way, whose perspective is authorised, and it is this struggle over language which will be investigated: the process of naming an event as discriminatory and having that naming authorised, or challenged; the effects of discrimination on individuals and groups; resistance to discrimination.
The journal focuses on the shaping effect of language in situations of discrimination, but will also comprise research on language ideology and language-focused discrimination; i.e. discrimination towards a language, or towards users of a particular language variety. The Journal of Language and Discrimination will be able to provide a unique platform to broadcast the diversity and interdisciplinarity of research on language and discrimination, whilst maintaining a unifying focus. As such, it will allow for the development of new understandings and new approaches to the study of language and discrimination.
The editors of JLAD invite papers that reflect the diversity of possible approaches in relation to language and discrimination. The aim is to include work with a wide array of approaches that reflect the diversity and recent developments of research on language and discrimination.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
– Reflections on the research that has been done on discrimination in your field, and the direction in which research could or should develop
– Discussions on broadening the field versus constraining academic subject areas
– Consideration of definitions of discrimination, and the benefit, and disadvantages of using this term for our research
– Theoretical and methodological considerations in interdisciplinary research
– Case studies from different fields that relate to language and discrimination
– Qualitative analyses on language and discrimination
Please see the website for all the details on how to publish in the Journal of Language and Discrimination and don’t hesitate to contact one of the editors for more information on the Journal.
Publication and Frequency
Two issues per volume year, May and November (from 2017)