Call for Articles: Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy

Contributions are invited for an edited manuscript – Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy – to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Vocabulary, or the lexicon, is a strong predictor of academic success and language proficiency. Therefore, it is important for researchers and practitioners to better understand how vocabulary is acquired, represented in the mind, as well as learned in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual environments. The manuscript will bring together recent research on the topic; the lexicon will be considered from multiple perspectives by theorizing the description of lexicon, lexical acquisition, and pedagogy.

The manuscript will cover the following main areas:

  • Mental lexicon
  • Theoretical linguistics and its implications for developing lexical competence
  • Lexical knowledge assessment and acquisition in L1 and L2
  • Instructional practices to develop lexical competence in L1 and L2

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Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 15, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 words (without references) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. The proposal should report on original research and written in English. While preference will be given to empirical papers, theoretical papers will also be considered. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters, ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 words each including title, abstract, manuscript, and references, are expected to be submitted by June 31, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions and copyright permissions at the following links prior to submission:

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

All chapter proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Purpose of the chapter
  • Theoretical framework
  • Methods (for empirical papers)
  • Tentative conclusions
  • References
  • Author: full name, contact details (including postal address), affiliation

Important dates

  • April 15, 2017: Submission of proposal (1000 words without references)
  • May 15, 2017: Notification of initial acceptance
  • June 31, 2017: Submission of first draft of chapters from selected authors
  • August 15, 2017: Notification of final acceptance and feedback from reviewers
  • October 15, 2017: Revised chapter submission

Please send your proposal electronically to in Word and Pdf formats.

Linguistic Fields: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Semantics, Morphology, Neurolinguistics, and Cognitive Science.

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