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Special Issue Call for Papers: "Minority languages, multimedia and the Web"

For The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 2005 (2)

Guest Editors:

       Daniel Cunliffe, University of Glamorgan, UK ([log in to unmask])
       Susan Herring, Indiana University, USA ([log in to unmask])

Information and communications technology, and in particular the World Wide
Web, can be a double-edged sword as regards the maintenance and
revitalisation of minority languages. On the one hand, minority language
communities can be active shapers of these technologies, creating their own
tools, adapting existing tools to local needs, and creating culturally
authentic, indigenous electronic media. On the other hand, these
technologies can be seen as a force for globalisation and neo-colonisation,
reinforcing the existing dominance of majority languages and breaking down
geographical boundaries that in the past may have protected minority
language groups.

Researching the effects of multimedia and the Web on minority languages is
challenging, and it is not yet clear how best to utilise these technologies
to maintain and revitalise minority languages. This special issue invites
researchers and practitioners who are actively engaged in addressing these
issues from practical or theoretical viewpoints to share their findings and
experiences and to contribute to a platform for future research. Relevant
topics include, but are not limited to:

Minority language applications:
* designing, implementing and evaluating applications
* measuring the impact of applications on language use
* promoting indigenous production and participatory design

Influence of ICTs on minority languages:
* adaptation of languages to online environments, e.g., Romanisation
* behaviour of minority language speakers in online environments

Measuring online minority languages:
* quantitative and qualitative measurement of online presence and use
* content related analysis of online presence and use

Strategic issues:
* understanding barriers to online minority language use
* integrating multimedia and the Web into language planning

Article submissions should typically be no longer than 7,000 words
(excluding references) and should follow the formatting guidelines in the
Instructions to Authors on the NRHM web site
( Submissions should be sent
by email to the Guest Editors, in Word, rtf or pdf format. If you have any
questions concerning the scope of the call or require further information,
please contact the Guest Editors. Open topic papers meeting NRHM's scope in
general are also welcome (contact the Editor for further information).

Submission deadline: April 30, 2005
Acceptance notification: June 30, 2005
Final manuscripts due: August 31, 2005

NRHM Editor Douglas Tudhope - [log in to unmask]
Associate Editor Daniel Cunliffe - [log in to unmask]
NRHM is published by Taylor & Francis, see