Minority Languages and the Social Web

Minority languages have drawn the attention of sociolinguistic studies for the past two decades and continue to be interesting not only for the
specialized linguist but also for the general public. At the beginning of the 21st century minority languages have been given a powerful tool for
intercommunication and dissemination for the up-to-then scarcely available knowledge:  the World Wide Web.

Besides ”classical” websites supporting a closed format, the introduction of new collaborative and dialogical web types like forums, blogs and wikis, as well as video and photo sharing platforms, have triggered the use of minority languages on the Net.

The volume that will be edited by the Mikroglottika research group and published by major academic editor Peter Lang will tackle the linguistic implications of the so called Web 2.0 or Social Web for minority languages. Theoretical and practical contributions to the volume are welcomed:

1) Theoretical papers can expose methodical aspects on how to conduct research and describe the importance of interactive web communication for minority languages, as well as analyze a possible adaptation of existing linguistic theories to the description of the Social Web to these languages.
2) Practical contributions should concentrate on a specific language. Specially welcomed will be case studies describing language use in forums, blogs, wikis and video or photo sharing platforms.

More information about deadlines and style sheet: http://www.mikroglottika.com/calls.html
Contact: Prof. Dr. Raúl Sánchez Prieto (raulsanchez@usal.es)

(fuente: The Linguist List)

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