Journal of Language and Discrimination 2021-04-27T16:37:01+00:00 Massimiliano Demata and Natalia Knoblock Open Journal Systems <p dir="ltr">The<em> <strong>Journal of Language and Discrimination</strong></em> 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 scholarly forum bringing together researchers from a large number of diverse but related fields. This multidisciplinary 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.</p> <p dir="ltr">The journal publishes high-quality, original research and ensures its academic rigour by utilising double-blind expert review process. It strives to make the review and publication process as transparent, smooth, and user-friendly as possible while maintaining the high standard of published content.</p> <p dir="ltr">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 2nd 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.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Editors</strong></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="">Massimiliano Demata</a>, University of Turin, Italy<br /><a href="">Natalia Knoblock</a>, Saginaw Valley State University, United States<br /><br /><strong>Book Review Editor</strong></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="">Stephen Pihlaja</a>, Newman University, United Kingdom</p> Postscript 2021-03-06T09:57:11+00:00 Isabelle van der Bom Laura L. Paterson 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Editorial 2021-04-23T11:39:32+00:00 Massimiliano Demata Natalia Knoblock 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. A critical discourse analysis of women’s roles as mistresses in Chinese corruption news coverage 2020-11-09T12:49:33+00:00 Yiyan Li <p>The terms ‘mistress’ or ‘second wife’, translated as qingfu, ernai, xiaosan, have become widely used in Chinese media in recent years. This study employs critical discourse analysis to examine how the mistress/second wife is represented in Chinese corruption news coverage. In particular, this paper analyses thirty seven articles focusing on cadre-mistress relationships that were published on mainstream commercial websites (Ifeng, NetEase, Sina, and Sohu) between 2013 and 2017. The findings of this analysis show that the framing of the mistresses/second wives in these articles follows media censorship and selectively appeals to the public’s negative perception of them. Specifically, the findings reveal that mistresses of corrupt male cadres are afforded no respect in corruption news coverage, and are instead portrayed as ‘toys’ of the cadres who are ‘partners’ in their corruption. Furthermore, this paper’s analysis of the sociocultural context that gives rise to such discourses demonstrates the key role played by social inequalities and gender inequalities in the post-reform era. This study contributes to the literature by illustrating how mistress–cadre relationships are governed by gender inequalities in job opportunities, career development, and income levels, social inequalities in the distribution of wealth and resources, and cultural norms relating to discrimination against concubines. Thus, such relationships cannot be eliminated via public censure.</p> 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The significance of activist language policies in public debate – a concern for language planning agencies? 2020-10-08T13:35:37+00:00 Mats Landqvist <p>This article discusses the relationship between official language planning and policies concerning language usage that are increasingly emerging in anti-discriminatory contexts. It is suggested that the social function of lexical meaning needs to be given more attention, i.e. the meaning that arises from a person’s choice of words, especially in public discourse and debate. For this reason, it is further suggested that public debates be analysed with metapragmatic concepts providing useful links between lexical indexes to (ideological) loyalties and social identity or attribution of social identity. The notion of a diverse meaning allocation is contextualised in the principles governing official language planning agencies in Sweden. It is concluded that the prevalence of, for example, plain language principles in official language planning may be balanced with a more complex policy, taking a larger span of potential lexical significance into consideration.</p> 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Segregating sex 2020-11-24T09:19:39+00:00 Stephen Turton <p>Feminist and postcolonial scholars have long contended that dictionaries, far from being objective linguistic records, are ideologically loaded texts that overtly or covertly encode sexist and ethnocentric attitudes (e.g. Rose 1979; Benson 2001). Queer linguists have also begun to explore how dictionaries reproduce heteronormativity and cisnormativity (Nossem 2018; Turton 2020), though much of this scholarship has so far limited itself to the construction of identity. This paper instead contributes to the recent queer turn towards embodiment by exploring representations of sexual acts in online general English dictionaries. It encourages greater engagement between queer lexicography and other strands of dictionary criticism by placing Rubin’s (1984) concept of the ‘charmed circle’ of sex in dialogue with Benson’s (2001) postcolonial model of the centre/periphery in lexicography. The paper argues that heteronormativity, cisnormativity and phallocentrism continue to shape contemporary definitions of sex and sexual intercourse by sidelining or silencing queer erotic acts and bodies.</p> 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society (Second Edition) By L. Young, M. Fitzgerald and S. Fitzgerald (2018) 2020-09-22T08:20:54+00:00 Mel Evans <p>The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society (Second Edition) By L. Young, M. Fitzgerald and S. Fitzgerald (2018) Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 381pp.</p> 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Corpus, Discourse and Mental Health By D. Hunt and G. Brookes (2020) 2020-08-12T12:05:18+00:00 Simone C. Bacchini <p>Corpus, Discourse and Mental Health By D. Hunt and G. Brookes (2020) London: Bloomsbury, 288pp.</p> 2021-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd.