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Friday, 04 January 2013 15:17

Call for contributions: Translation and the Contemporary Survival of Languages and Cultures

JoSTrans, The Journal of Specialised Translation, is an electronic, peer-reviewed journal bringing non-literary translation issues to the fore. Published bi-annually, it includes articles, reviews and streamed interviewsby translation scholars and professionals.

The Journal of Specialised Translation will publish a special issue on Translation and the Contemporary Survival of Languages and Cultures inJanuary 2015 (issue n°23). Of the nearly 7,000 languages spoken by 7 billionhuman beings globally, linguists project that we currently lose one at therate of every two weeks. The clock is urgently ticking for many, thrustingthem into the ‘endangered’ zone … What strategies for survival are there? Do we collectively value linguistic and cultural diversity enough to care aboutits future? In this issue, we shall explore the role of translation inrelation to these questions, set against the backdrop of a multilingualworld mediated through global communication.

Contributions might relate to but are not limited to:

•    Provision of translation services in communities.

•    Use of world languages as translation relay languages.

•    Machine translation: publicly accessible and/or professional.

•    Localization and translation technologies for information sharing.

•    Translation and endangered languages projects.

•    Ethics of translation in globalization.

•    Translation and orality, literacy, digital literacy.

•    Using translation for language revitalization.


We welcome contributions of full length papers (between 4k-7k words including endnotes and references), reviews (500-800 words) and shorter, more practical pieces for the Translator’s Corner section of the Journal.

The journal style sheet can be downloaded from

•    All contributions will be peer-reviewed.

•    Please send contributions to guest editor Debbie Folaron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the Subject line JoSTrans Issue 23 by March 15th 2014.

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