Call for Book Proposals: Monographs or Edited Volumes on Endangered Languages

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Call for Publications
June 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Languages, Teaching and Learning, Sociology

Vernon Press invites book proposals for monographs or edited volumes on the topic of Endangered Languages.

According to The Ethnologue, there are approximately 7,111 living languages around the world, yet only 23 of these languages account for over half of the world's speakers. In this age of globalisation, there is a clear threat to marginal languages and cultures of the world; with government policies, economic opportunities, employment prospects, education, and language prestige representing but a few contributing factors to language endangerment. Currently, there is a widespread consensus that within the next century, approximately 90 percent of them will disappear altogether.

Endeavouring to tackle this tragic reality, UNESCO declared 2019 as the 'International Year of Languages', with the hope that increased visibility and awareness of the issue will lead to further investigation and generate actionable solutions to ensure the survival of global linguistic diversity.

All areas of study with the common goal of exploring endangered language documentation and conservation are encouraged to be submitted.

Possible contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Linguistic properties of heritage languages and bilingual speakers.
  • Heritage language acquisition.
  • Heritage language policies.
  • Causes of language endangerment.
  • Attitudes and identity in heritage languages.
  • Research methods in heritage language development.
  • New trends in heritage language education/ ethno-education.
  • Understudied heritage languages.
  • New trends in language preservation/ revitalisation.

For more information about submitting a proposal, or to discuss your idea, please contact Ellisa Anslow: