Call for Book Proposals - Monographs or Edited Volumes on Endangered Languages

Vernon Press invites monograph or edited volume book proposals on the topic of Endangered Languages.

According to The Ethnologue, there are approximately 7,111 living languages around the world, yet only 23 of these languages account for over half of the world’s speakers. In this age of globalisation, there is a clear threat to marginal languages and cultures of the world; with government policies, economic opportunities, employment prospects, education, and language prestige representing but a few contributing factors to language endangerment. Currently, there is widespread consensus that within the next century, approximately 90 percent of them will disappear altogether.

Endeavouring to tackle this tragic reality, UNESCO has declared 2019 as the ‘International Year of Languages’, with the hope that increased visibility and awareness of the issue will lead to further investigation and generate actionable solutions to ensure the survival of global linguistic diversity.

All areas of study with the common goal of exploring endangered language documentation and conservation are encouraged to be submitted.

Possible contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Linguistic properties of heritage languages in bilingual speakers.
  • Heritage language acquisition.
  • Heritage language policies.
  • Causes of language endangerment.
  • Attitudes and identity in heritage languages.
  • Research methods in heritage language development.
  • New trends in heritage language education/ ethno-education.
  • Understudied heritage languages.
  • New trends in language preservation/ revitalisation.

For more information about submitting a proposal, or to discuss your idea, please contact Ellisa Anslow:

This proposal is due on May 31st 2021.

Page last updated on November 9th 2020. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.