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Epilianguages & codeswitching

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  • Don Osborn
    Has anything been written on the relationship between epilanguage as used in the appended call for papers and codeswitching? TIA... DZO Date: 10-May-2006
    Message 1 of 1 , May 30, 2006
      Has anything been written on the relationship between "epilanguage" as
      used in the appended call for papers and codeswitching? TIA... DZO

      Date: 10-May-2006
      From: Pascale Hummel <philologicum@...>
      Subject: Epilanguages: Beyond Idioms and Languages

      Call for a collective volume.

      In the history of scholarship, scholars daily practicing vernacular
      idioms have successively been writing and/or speaking Latin and
      English as the vehicular languages used to communicate texts and
      ideas. Somewhere between archiphonemes/archisemes and metalanguages,
      which could be considered semi-synonyms, the 'epilanguages' are the
      linguistic realities and results generated by the use of a second
      language for scholarly and scientific purposes. What kind of thought
      does a scholar produce when (s)he uses these epilanguages (mostly
      Latin or English)? How does (s)he think, and what does (s)he write?
      How differently does his/her thinking and writing work when (s)he uses
      the vehicular (epilinguistic) tools? The contributors of this volume
      are invited to investigate how in the present and in the past the
      conceptual and linguistic shifting from the vernacular to the
      vehicular has generated what we could call an 'epilinguistic' way of
      thinking. To what extent are the texts created in this way more
      far-distant from their mental sources, even maybe sounding
      'schizophrenic' (i. e. cut-off from reality), than the texts the same
      scholar would write in his own idiom? What are the specific
      characteristics of these texts: objectivity, cerebrality,
      artificiality, epiphenomenality, coldness, impersonality,
      conventionality, formularity, stereotypicality, or other traits we may
      think of? The contributors are invited to question their own
      experience as much as the historical examples available at the
      different centuries of history of scholarship. All the fields of
      science and knowledge (outside of philology and linguistics
      themselves) can be explored.

      The language of the volume is English. The proposals (paper titles and
      abstracts) are expected to be submitted before June 2007, and the
      completed essays due June 2009, for a publication planned in 2010.
      Please, address all queries and submissions to Pascale Hummel at

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