Volume theme information

For this year’s volume, we are accepting submissions from any area related to linguistics, with a special emphasis on topics that engage with Indigenous languages to mark the beginning of the United Nations’ (UN) International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL 2022-2032). These topics may be purely linguistic in nature (applied linguistics, acquisition, morphology, phonology, syntax, etc.) or explore more interdisciplinary perspectives with a focus not only on languages themselves, but also on the environments and contexts in which Indigenous language speakers and learners live and continue to engage with their language(s). 

The UN “Global Action Plan” highlights that “the scope of work envisaged during the International Decade is beyond the capacity of any single nation, country, stakeholder group, generation, scientific discipline, policy framework or set of actions.” With this in mind, we would like to emphasize that although linguistics has the ability to bring a particular type of training and knowledge to the programs and projects being developed by Indigenous peoples and nations, language revitalization and reclamation has always been multidisciplinary in nature. It affects change within politics, culture, arts, law, and education, in addition to language use. As such, research areas could include discussion of:

  • community-based Indigenous language revitalization (ILR) projects
  • ethical considerations when engaging with ILR work
  • collaborative methodologies and practices
  • the holistic nature of language revitalization and reclamation (e.g. impacts on areas other than language acquisition)

Linguists have had a long history of exploiting and objectifying Indigenous languages and peoples in the name of research. There has been a slow but steady shift away from this sort of research, and moving forward, it is imperative that language is recognized as inseparable from a culture and its People. Thus in keeping with the spirit and motivations behind this year’s theme, we encourage all submissions to include a section discussing the author’s positionality with respect to their research. Positionality recognizes that the context, background, training, and experiences of a researcher inform the questions they may ask, how they might seek to answer these research questions, and the goals of their work. 

Additional resources:

First People’s Cultural Council Statement and Suggested Goals
Global Action Plan of the IDIL 2022-2032