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This volume focuses on the different challenges of language policy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Each of the seventeen chapters follows the same structure, ensuring readability and accessibility, and describes the unique aspects of each country. The work as a whole reveals the complex and reciprocal relations between multiple indigenous African languages, Creole languages and former colonial languages and it constitutes an opportunity to notice recurring patterns as well as distinctive characteristics.
Therefore, everyone involved in language policy, education, economics and development, geography, development or area studies and African studies will benefit from such a holistic and innovative overview.
Digital discourse has become a widespread way of communicating worldwide, WhatsApp being one of the most popular Instant Messaging tools. This book offers a critical state-of-the-art review of WhatsApp linguistic studies. After evaluating a wide range of sources, seeking to identify relevant works, two major thematic domains were found. On the one hand, references addressing WhatsApp linguistic characteristics: status notifications, multimodal elements such as emojis or memes, language variation, among others. On the other, the volume offers an overview of references describing the use of WhatsApp to learn English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL). The author provides a broad critical review of previous works to date, which has enabled her to detect areas of research still unexplored.
Studies in Digital Linguistics
The new-media revolution has led to a comprehensive digitization of our textual universe and the pervasive incorporation of the media into our everyday lives (from mobile telephony to social media). This calls for a concerted research effort uniting linguistics and other disciplines involved in language-related research. The massive growth in the amount, diversity and availability of textual and multimodal language data for many of the world’s languages poses several challenges. In terms of theory and methods, it forces us to rethink traditional notions of what linguistic corpora are and what role they play in linguistic description. Established corpus-linguistic methods such as concordancing and textual statistics are increasingly being complemented by visualization and geolocation of digital language data. Empirically, there is a growing need to document and analyse what people do with language in the increasingly technologized communicative ecology of the 21st century.

Language and Computers - Studies in Digital Linguistics invites contributions which
- explore innovative, intelligent and creative ways of using digital language data, resources and infrastructure for linguistic description
- contribute to the development and refinement of usage-based models in linguistics, using both quantitative and qualitative methods
- analyse all aspects of digitally mediated communication, from orthography to pragmatics and sociolinguistics
Studies in Writing aims for multiple perspectives of writing, education and texts. The series provides a collection of theoretical and empirical insights into the foundations of writing, and learning and teaching processes in written composition. The series aims to cover theoretical issues, supported by both quantitative and qualitative empirical research and representing a wide range of nationalities. Studies in Writing provides a forum for research from established researchers, as well as contributions from young scholars. Fields of research covered are cognitive, socio-cognitive and developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, text linguistics, curriculum development and instructional science. The series was founded by Gert Rijlaarsdam and Eric Espéret in 1994. It was pursued by Gert Rijlaarsdam until 2014, becoming a reference in the field of writing research.

Series edited by J.J.S. Weitenberg and Th. van Lint

Series discontinued
Motion towards Maximal Proximity and Higher Status
Author: Oscar Jiménez
Oscar E. Jiménez opens up the multi-dimensional implications of Ephesians 2:11-22 for narrative and theological analysis, demonstrating that each metaphor in the text blends and creates a single, complex narrative. Concentric spatial places construct the text’s landscape on which the Gentiles move, each place representing increasing intimacy and familiarity through national, familial, architectural, and cultic images. Christ is the vehicle of that motion, and also the agent, breaking down walls and abolishing enmity, and ultimately building the structure as both builder and cornerstone. This will be an important book for New Testament scholars and scholars interested in the use of linguistics in Biblical studies, in particular literary and narrative analysis to the New Testament epistles.
Volume Editors: Laura Baranzini and Louis de Saussure
If there’s a domain in linguistics which complexity calls for ever further research, it’s clearly that of tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality, often referred to as ‘TAME’. The reason for which these domains of investigation have been connected so tightly as to deserve a common label is that their actual intertwining is so dense that one can hardly measure their effects purely individually, without regard to the other notions of the spectrum. On the other hand, despite their imbrications, tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality remain – needless to say – separate theoretical entities. The papers gathered in this volume cover a range of issues and a variety of methods that help delineate, each in its way, new perspectives on this broad domain.
Volume Editors: Laura Baranzini and Louis de Saussure
Si le temps occupe une place aussi centrale dans la discussion linguistique, et depuis si longtemps, c’est parce que ce sujet – avec ses sujets-frères que sont l’aspect, la modalité et l’évidentialité – est non seulement riche et complexe mais aussi profondément enraciné dans la langue, se manifestant à tous ses niveaux et dans une quantité importante de contextes de réflexion.
Les articles recueillis dans ce volume se présentent à premier abord comme des études spécifiques sur des phénomènes précis, mais il s’avère rapidement que, de par sa nature, le sujet ‘temps’ ne peut pas être abordé de manière « isolée », puisqu'il parcourt la langue comme un système étendu, sans qu’on puisse en dessiner les limites avec clarté.

The reason why tense has occupied such a central place in linguistic discussion, and has done so for so long, is that this topic - along with its related topics aspect, modality and evidentiality - is not only rich and complex but also deeply rooted in language, manifesting itself at all its levels and in a significant number of contexts. The contributions collected in this volume appear at first sight as specific studies of specific phenomena, but it soon becomes clear that, by its very nature, the subject of 'time' cannot be approached in 'isolation', since it runs through the language as a pervasive system, without its boundaries being clearly defined.
This collection contains the electronic version of the following volumes published in this series: Volume 1 up to and including Volume 35.
The electronic version of the Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication series.

The Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication series publishes monographs as well as edited volumes on research on communication and language use. The series focuses on language use in specific social and cultural settings, expressly including the pragmatics of multilingualism, investigating the relation between discourse characteristics and the effectivity of the communication.
Research draws upon a cooperation between such diverse disciplines as text linguistics, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, speech act theory, functional pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, educational linguistics, cognitive psychology and anthropology.

Published volumes report developments in academic and applied research on:
• the functional quality of texts and text features in view of the specific goals and the addressees of professional and educational institutions
• the relationship between discourse, identity and context in specific and changing social and cultural settings, including different modes of multilingual and multicultural interactions (e.g. lingua franca, lingua receptiva or code-switching)
• the acquisition of second, third and foreign languages in educational settings, specifically paying attention to the pragmatics in a multilingual society
• the cognitive basis of discourse processing in continuously changing contexts, and the skills underlying goal-directed language use in familiar as well as novel situations