Special Issue "Language Variation and Change in Spanish"
A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 3107
Contributions are invited for a special issue of Languages focusing on language variation and change in Spanish. Submissions may explore the relationship between variation and change, looking, for example, at phonological restructuring (Penny 2000), syntactic reanalysis (Mackenzie 2019) or the evolving morphology (Rini 1999), or they may focus more narrowly on particular changes that have occurred or which are currently underway. Papers which build on or interrogate recent developments in quantitative analysis (see e.g. Kauhanen and Walkden 2017 or Rosemeyer and Enrique Arias 2016) are particularly welcome, as are papers which situate Spanish-specific change within broader theoretical debates (parametric change, DP/nP structure, Tobler–Mussafia effects, interface issues, I- versus E-language, etc.). Topics which fall within the special issue’s scope include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) Diachronic syntax
(ii) Sound change
(iii) Statistical modelling
(iv) Dialect mixing
(vi) Manuscript studies
(vii) Discursive traditions
This special thematic issue of Languages is intended to blend quantitative research with more abstract or qualitative work. As such, it should be an excellent complement not just to collections focusing on the linguistic evolution of Spanish, such as the multi-volume work edited by Company Company (2006–2014) or the scholarly Festschrift assembled by Blake et al. (1999), but also to tomes which explore the external history of the language, such as Del Valle (2013).
We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400-600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editor ([email protected]) or to Languages editorial office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editor for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the special issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.
Tentative completion schedule:
- Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2021
- Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 March 2021
- Full manuscript deadline: 31 December 2021
Blake, Robert J., Diana L. Ranson and Roger Wright (eds). 1999. Essays in Hispanic linguistics dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta.
Company Company, Concepción (ed.). 2006–2014. Sintaxis histórica de la lengua española (multiple volumes). Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Del Valle, José. 2013. A political history of Spanish. The making of a language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kauhanen, Henri and George Walkden. 2017. ‘Deriving the Constant Rate Effect.’ Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (Open access). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11049-017-9380-1.
Mackenzie, Ian. 2019. Language structure, variation and change: the case of Old Spanish syntax. Cham: Springer Nature.
Penny, Ralph. 2000. Variation and change in Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Rini, Joel. 1999. Exploring the role of morphology in the evolution of Spanish. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Rosemeyer, Malte and Andrés Enrique Arias. 2016. ‘A match made in heaven: using parallel corpora and multinomial logistic regression to analyze the expression of possession in Old Spanish.’ Language Variation and Change 28, 3: 307–334.
Prof. Dr. Ian MacKenzie
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- diachronic syntax
- language change
- Old Spanish
- Renaissance Spanish
- sound change