CFPs Special Issue "Register in understudied academic contexts" edited by Larissa Goulart, Randi Reppen and Douglas Biber

Call for papers: Special issue "Register in understudied academic contexts" Guest Editors: Larissa Goulart, Randi Reppen and Douglas Biber


RiCL is seeking proposals for contributions for a special issue on register variation in understudied academic contexts.

One major focus of register research has been language variation in academic discourse, describing patterns of language use in spoken and written academic texts.  Although there have been numerous studies of this type, most have focused on academic registers in English and on descriptions of published academic registers (e.g., textbooks, research articles, abstracts).  Much less work has been caried out on academic registers in other languages or unpublished academic registers.

Potential topics for the special issue include:

  • Academic registers in languages other than English
  • Cross-linguistic comparisons of academic registers
  • Unpublished academic registers (e.g., grant proposals, personal statements, etc.)
  • Academic registers in K-12 education
  • Academic registers produced by university students

Important Dates:
Deadline for proposals: April 5, 2021
Invitations to submit manuscript: April 30, 2021
Initial manuscripts due: October 4, 2021
Notification of reviewer outcome: December 6, 2021
Final manuscripts due:  March 7, 2022

Special issue publication: Fall 2022

Proposal Format & Submission:
Submit a one-page abstract and tentative title for your proposed paper. The abstract should introduce the topic, motivate the study, summarize the methods, describe the data to be analyzed, and give preliminary results.  Please also include your name(s) and full contact information. Submit your proposal to Larissa Goulart ( RiCL’s submission guidelines can be found here.

Peer Review:
All accepted manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.