First Language are inviting contributions for a special issue titled “Indigenous children’s language: Acquisition, preservation and evolution of language in minority contexts”. As stated in the Call for Papers:
Over the last decade or so there has been a surge in interest in the acquisition of small Indigenous languages across the world. There are a few significant reasons for this growth. Firstly, indigenous languages are dying at an alarming rate, which means that now is often our last chance to study their acquisition. Secondly, there is a broad recognition among child language researchers that our theories of acquisition are skewed by the over-representation of data from large European languages (especially English), whereas many children across the world are acquiring typologically under-studied languages (e.g. polysynthetic languages), often in situations of rapid language shift.
The editors have indicated that they will be particularly interested in field studies in contexts such as remote communities, as well as empirical studies of how minority language users develop within multilingual societies. Prospective authors are invited to contact the editors of the Special Issue:
- Barbara Kelly: b.kelly[at]unimelb.edu[dot]au;
- Evan Kidd: evan.kidd[at]anu.edu[dot]au; and
- Jill Wigglesworth: g.wigglesworth[at]unimelb.edu[dot]au.
Papers (8,000 words max) should conform to the guidelines of the journal, and are to be submitted online by 30 September 2014.