Appel à contributions – « Heritage Language Revitalization and Music » – 15 septembre 2021

Appel à contribution du Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development pour le numéro thématique « Heritage Language Revitalization and Music », dirigé par Begoña Echeverria (University of California, Riverside) et Heather Sparling (Cape Breton University).

A response to the incredibly complex challenge of language decay demands not only the perspectives of speakers and learners of a range of languages, but the perspectives offered by diverse disciplines. Approaches to reversing processes of linguistic morbidity have assumed that solutions should focus on the language itself (e.g., offering language classes, availability of services in a given language), often with minimal consideration given to other forms of cultural expression.

This volume offers an innovative perspective in its emphasis on music as the primary point of encounter with language and, as such, it offers a previously unrecognized and undervalued means of supporting heritage languages – minority languages to which learners typically have exposure through community and family. We welcome papers that foreground music in all aspects of heritage language revitalization, including status, acquisition, and corpus planning.

Key questions:  In what ways can/does music

  • elevate the status of a language among non-speakers, learners, and fluent speakers?
  • encourage the use of a language in a greater variety of domains?
  • create a gateway to language acquisition?
  • offer opportunities to acquire language?
  • open up avenues to use language?
  • provide a tool with which to document a language?
  • offer possibilities to study linguistic change?
  • get used to implement linguistic change or policies? »

Date limite de soumission (articles de 7000 mots) : 15 septembre 2021.

ISSN : 2368-7061
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