September 25, 2014
Open Lingusitics, a new Open Access journal by De Gruyter Open, invites all researchers and students working in the field of linguistics to a joint effort. On the occasion of The European Day of Languages, the Open Linguistics’ editor-in-chief, Sabine Ehrhart is starting an open discussion on the borders between languages, which may lead to a crowd-sourced, peer-reviewed paper, being published in this journal.
The main idea behind the initiative is to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the process of academic content creation. An equitable discussion among peers is at the heart of the academic process, and in the age of the Internet there is no reason to wait for a discussion to follow a formal publication, nor to limit it to a particular institution or location. This time everyone can share his or her ideas concerning the borders between languages, observe or participate in the discussion on a public whiteboard, and hopefully, join the process of writing an article. The goal of this initiative is also to share the linguistics knowledge with the broad public, including those who still believe in language myths or think that linguistics is something completely detached from reality.
Sabine Ehrhart, a lingusit and associate professor at the University of Luxembourg, prepared the following questions that might frame the discussion:
1) the more languages you speak, the more of a person you are – do you agree with this statement from some European countries?
2) is it possible to count languages? If yes, what are your criteria for doing so?
3) what would you consider to be a boundary between languages?
4) what are the ways in which to cross such boundaries in human communication?
5) who does not know another language does not know his own. Is Goethe still right in his assertion?
Feel free to answer these questions on our public pad on Titanpad.com – a real time, on-line, collaborative text editor. Please before you edit the pad write your name in the text field on your right and type something on the chat below, to inform the others that you are joining the creative process.
This effort will hopefully result with the article, under the working title “Crossing boundaries between languages – is there anything to be crossed?”, which will be based on public discussion, to be submitted as a manuscript to Open Linguistics. Then it will undergo the standard peer review process and, if successful, will be published in Open Access on the De Gruyter Open platform. Thus, anyone of us has the opportunity to become co-author of this paper. Help Open Linguistics in practicing Open Science and sharing linguistic knowledge with the broad public.
Open Linguistics’ Titanpad is here
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