Call for Papers / Language and War: Sociolinguistic Shifts in Ukraine and among Ukrainians Abroad



Language and War: Sociolinguistic Shifts in Ukraine and among Ukrainians Abroad
Guest editors: Laada Bilaniuk, University of Washington; Volodymyr Kulyk, Institute of Political and Ethnic
Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Scopes of the Issue: The main aim of this Special Issue is to bring attention to the sociolinguistic changes that the Russian-Ukrainian war causes in the language situation both in Ukraine and among Ukrainians worldwide. The objective of the Issue is to report on ongoing developments in the use of the two major languages of Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian, as well as English and the respective national languages in the countries of displacement and diaspora, and in attitudes towards their functional and symbolic roles and values. In addition, the Issue will examine changes in the perception of the Ukrainian language and initiatives of language revitalization and support that are taking place in different countries in response to the wave of displacement of Ukrainian population.

The Special Issue aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • to analyze changes in the use of and attitudes towards Ukrainian
  • to examine the changing role of Russian and Ukrainian-Russian bilingualism in Ukraine and among Ukrainians abroad
  • to explore the patterns of interaction between Ukrainian, Russian, English and the respective national
    languages in the countries of Ukrainians’ displacement and Ukrainian diaspora
  • to report on top-down and bottom-up actions taken both in Ukraine and abroad to support the
    Ukrainian language

To this end, the Issue welcomes empirical studies based on qualitative and quantitative analysis of language practices, attitudes, and policies related to the sociolinguistic change in the language situation in Ukraine and in the Ukrainian communies abroad. At the core of the Issue will be the relationship between language, identity, and power as reported to researchers or observed by them in various practices of linguistic interaction in education, media, family, workplace, politics, civil society, etc. Of particular interest will be analyses of the interaction of Ukrainian IDPs and refugees with host populations and organizations in different parts of Ukraine and abroad.

Call for papers. The editors of the Special Issue invite all interested authors to submit the abstract of their possible contribution to the Issue by January 15, 2023.

  • Abstracts should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected] (please email to both editors
    at the same time) as a Word file named after the author (e.g. petrenko.doc) or the first author and et al. (e.g. petrenkoetal.doc)
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, excluding references. All abstracts should clearly state the data and methods on which their texts will be based.

The editors propose the following tentative timetable for the Special Issue call-for-papers:

Submission of abstracts: November 15, 2022 – January 15, 2023
Notification of abstract acceptance by the guest editors: January 31, 2023
Preparation of papers: February 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023
Paper review:  April 30, 2023 – June 30, 2023
Review of papers by guest editors: May 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023
Revision of papers by the authors: July 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023
Anonymous reviewing of papers: September 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Final revision by the authors: December 1, 2023 – January 15, 2024
Final submission of the whole Issue: January 31, 2024
Special Issue publication: August 2024 (Issue 18.3-4 2024)