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1. The American Name Society special issue on NAMES, NAMING, AND THE INTERNET (abstract deadline Nov. 16, 2011)


1. The American Name Society Call for Papers

The American Name Society is pleased to announce its first call for critical papers for an upcoming Special Issue of NAMES dedicated exclusively to exploring the relationship between NAMES, NAMING, AND THE INTERNET. From software to malware, the world wide web has yielded an astounding array of new names. By the same token, the virtual world has also had an unparalleled effect upon traditional names and naming patterns within the real world. As yet, however, scientific articles which have been published on these onomastic developments have been surprisingly few and far between.

To help address this oversight, authors are cordially invited to submit abstracts for this Special Issue. In particular, the editors are interested in papers which systematically address the synchronic and/or diachronic relationship between the internet and names of any and all type. Possible topics for submission include the following:

  • user names
  • names of computer parasites (e.g. viruses, worms, trojan horses, etc.)
  • the influence of the internet on naming in the real world
  • domain names
  • international and/or national laws governing e-name usage
  • passwords and names
  • naming and virtual spaces (e.g. partner search banks, chat rooms, and social networks)

Authors wishing to have their article considered for publication are asked to send a 250-word abstract proposal as a Word document directly to the Special Editor Dr. I. M. Laversuch (mavi.yaz.@web.de) no later than November 16, 2011. All submissions must be in English and conform with the NAMES style sheet (http://www.maney.co.uk/journals/notes/nam). Each submission is to be accompanied by an electronic cover letter containing the following information: author name; author affiliation; author email and postal address; title of submission; total number of words. After submission, all abstract proposals will be subject to anonymous, external review. Specific inquiries regarding this call may be sent directly to the Series Editor:

P.D. Dr. Laversuch
Albertus Magnus Platz
English Department
University of Cologne
50923 Cologne
email: (mavi.yaz@web.de)

Once an article has been accepted for publication in the special issue of NAMES, the author must join the American Name Society. Notifications regarding acceptance or rejection will be sent by December 30, 2012. Final papers from solicited authors will be due June 15, 2012 for final editorial review before publication. The projected date of publication is the Winter of 2012.


Guest editors

Irit Kupferberg and Izhak Gilat, Levinsky College, Israel


Abstracts due: August 1, 2011
Manuscript submissions due: January 23, 2012
Decisions sent: April 30, 2012
Final manuscript submission deadline: August 28, 2012
Anticipated publication date: February, 2013


This special issue aims to present a state-of-the-art view of CM troubled talk. CM troubled talk (also known as ‘troubles talk’) involves problem presentation and negotiation of ways of coping and possible solutions. Participants are help seekers addressing professional help givers (e.g., psychologists, doctors and lawyers), para professional volunteers, and non-professional lay participants communicating via synchronous and asynchronous channels of communication (e.g., email, forums, chat, blogs, Facebook).

We seek original discourse-oriented studies exploring dyadic and group troubled talk that occurs online. Papers may be written from data- or theory-oriented perspectives (including conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, discursive psychology, etc.) and may use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches.

We welcome articles that attempt to provide answers to the following and related questions:

  • How do troubled and often extremely agitated participants in CM troubled talk deal with the demanding tasks of problem presentation and negotiation of candidate solutions? Are there particular language resources used by troubled participants? What is the role of narrative and metaphor? How do people whose voices are 'broken' because of an illness (Hyden & Brockmeier, 2008) manage to get along in CM troubled conversation?
  • What are the characteristics of troubled group interactions?
  • What are the characteristics of synchronous (e.g., chat) versus asynchronous (e.g., forum and email) troubled interactions?
  • How do professionals interact with troubled help seekers? Which language resources do they use? What are the characteristics of troubled talk when professionals do not participate, or are partially present?
  • How do participants overcome interactional turning-points that undermine, question or challenge their accountability as help-seekers or help-givers (Kupferberg & Green, 2008) in CM troubled talk?
  • Do professional and lay participants find the interactions effective? Which dimensions of such interactions enhance or undermine effectiveness? How can effectiveness be evaluated?
  • How does CM troubled talk compare with face-to-face and telephone troubled talk?
  • How does CM troubled talk vary according to participant demographics? Are there cultural differences? Are there gender differences?
  • What contributions does research on CM troubled talk make to theory, methodology, and practice?


Potential authors should submit a preliminary proposal of 500 to 750 words to both guest editors (kupir@macam.ac.il, gilati@netvision.net.il) by August 1, 2011. Proposals should include the aim(s) of the study, research question(s), the theoretical and methodological frameworks (including description of the data collected and methods of analysis), findings and implications. Those interested in submitting a proposal are also encouraged to contact the guest editors with their questions and ideas.

Authors whose proposals are accepted for inclusion will be invited to submit a full paper of roughly 7000 words. Authors are requested to consult the journal Author Style Guide. Non-native authors should have their manuscripts edited by professional language editors. The anticipated publication date for the issue is February 2013. Final submissions should be emailed to both guest editors: Irit Kupferberg and Izhak Gilat at kupir@macam.ac.il and gilati@netvision.net.il.