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Tue Jan 25 2022

Calls: Applied Linguistics / Lexis, Journal in English Lexicology (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Goldfinch <>

Date: 24-Jan-2022
From: Manon Philippe <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics / Lexis, Journal in English Lexicology (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Lexis, Journal in English Lexicology

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2022

Lexis 20 - Proper names and the lexicon

New deadline for abstract submissions: February 28, 2022

In response to some requests, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to February 28, 2022.

The complete version of the CFP in English is available here :
AAC en français :

This special issue of Lexis invites us to look at proper names, including units like John, Facebook (proper nouns) but also (the) United States, (the) Chancellor of the Exchequer (proper or denominative expressions). From a comparative perspective, we could also extend the analysis to peripheral forms close to proper names, such as nicknames and antonomasia of common nouns, which serve to name a referent in an alternative way (Lilibeth for Elizabeth, t/The Bard for William Shakespeare) in French or in English.

Proper names have already been the subject of a large number of publications, which have considered them from different angles: their meaning, their reference and their grammar/syntax [...]. More specifically, we would like to address the place of proper names in the lexicon. If the lexicon is the stock of words available to the speaker, then proper names are part of the lexicon.
However, one may wonder if the place they are given is comparable to that given to other units of the lexicon.

Papers may focus on the following issues:

- The processes of creation and/or formation of proper names: rather than an inventory of all the forms of proper names (which usually gives pride of place to hapaxes and rare forms), we will give priority to the identification and analysis of frequent processes which could be seen as particularly compatible with proper names.

- The link between proper names, (degrees of) lexicalisation and the syntax-lexicon gradient: how can lexicalisation be seen as a dynamic and graded process, can we identify degrees of lexicalisation of proper names, what are the consequences for their syntactic status (what contribution can the syntax-lexicon gradient make)?

- Forms close to proper names, or assimilable to proper names, such as sequences between inverted commas, hashtags, denominative expressions and nicknames, etc., provided that their gradual insertion into the lexicon is made explicit. They can be seen as attempts at lexicalisation, i.e., they can be created with the aim of entering the lexicon of a larger or smaller linguistic community.

- Forms initially identified as “classic” proper names and which become even more lexicalized: antonomasias of common nouns, either complete or in progress, transformation into adjectival or verbal predicates (to Meghan Markle), etc.

How to submit:

Please clearly indicate the title of the paper and include an abstract between 3,000 and 6,000 characters (including spaces) as well as a list of relevant key-words and references. All abstract and paper submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed (double-blind peer reviewing) by an international scientific committee composed of specialists in their fields. Papers will be written preferably in English or occasionally in French.

Manuscripts may be rejected, accepted subject to revision, or accepted as such. There is no limit to the number of pages.

Abstracts and articles will be sent via email to


- February 28 2022: Deadline for sending in abstracts to Lexis
- March 2022: Evaluation Committee’s decisions notified to authors
- June 30 2022: Deadline for sending in papers (Guidelines for submitting
- July and August 2022: Proofreading of papers by the Evaluation

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