Journal of Language and Discrimination -- new editors and call for papers

Journal of Language and Discrimination 

Editors: Massimiliano Demata (University of Turin) and Natalia Knoblock (Saginaw Valley State University)

Effective from 1 January 2021, the new editors of the Journal of Language and Discrimination (JLD), published by Equinox Publishing, will be Massimiliano Demata and Natalia Knoblock. The journal, which started in 2017, is double-blind peer reviewed and is published twice a year. The new editors look forward to receiving new submissions of papers and proposals for special issues. 

JLD examines the relationship between language and the many forms of discrimination (in terms of race, ethnicity, language, gender, religion, age, ability and other characteristics) affecting most societies today. It encourages intellectual crossover and serves as a multidisciplinary scholarly forum bringing together researchers from a large number of diverse but related fields. The journal appeals to theorists and practitioners working on linguistic representations of discrimination within linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, law and criminal justice, feminism, queer theory, disability studies, race studies, and more. It addresses socially-consequential issues, such as inequality, prejudice, and discrimination, in light of the many social and political challenges taking place in many nations. 

The journal publishes high-quality original research papers and reviews. It highlights the role linguistic features can play in reproducing, maintaining or subverting systems of discrimination. JLD studies linguistic patterns and discursive strategies of discriminatory uses of language, which allows for more comprehensive insights into discrimination and the actors involved. It examines the effects of discrimination on individuals and groups and exposes the impact of discriminatory incidents in both a narrower and broader context. It reflects struggles over the power of naming, as in whose meaning of a term is accepted, who gets to name groups or individuals a particular way, and whose perspective is authorised. It is also interested in the linguistic manifestations of resistance to discrimination. In addition to focusing on the notable effect of language in situations of discrimination, the journal welcomes research on language ideology and language-focused discrimination, that is, discrimination towards a language or towards users of a particular language variety. As a unique platform for diverse and interdisciplinary research, JLD brings to the fore the complexity of relevant phenomena and strives to develop new insights and new approaches to the study of language and discrimination. 

General issues and special issues

The themes of future general and special issues might include: Language and ageism; Language and disability; Gender and language; Same sex  marriage and civil partnership; Racist language; Religious language discrimination; Legal perspectives on language and discrimination; Language and sexual orientation; Trolling; Offence; Political correctness; Drug/alcohol users and language;  Fat shaming; Language and social justice; Islamophobia ; Anti-Semitism; The Language of Terrorism; Standardisation, education and second language learners; Migration policies and language analysis; Hate speech; Animal rights/primate campaigns and language; Dialect, accent and discrimination; Minority languages; Metaphors and discrimination; Challenging Linguistic stereotypes; Language and Class; Freedom of Speech; Disability and language.

JLD presents an exciting platform to broadcast these important social issues. The close relationship between many of these forms of discrimination and its relation to language and social (in)equality makes this project current and relevant. The goal of this journal is to produce a publication that is multidisciplinary, yet inclusive, and of a high scholarly standard.