This post introduces the Forum for Uto-Aztecan Studies – an online community for scholars and scholarship of the Uto-Aztecan languages.
The purpose will be to informally share research notes, data-sets, substantial questions, and brief articles relating to the Uto-Aztecan languages – and to exchange views and ideas regarding them in dialogue with other scholars.
The forum is a combination of a blog and a working papers series:
- The working paper form allows for sharing ideas and data with a quick turnaround, and without having to spend valuable time going through a full review and copy editing process: The purpose is to make the period between having an idea and letting other scholars access it shorter, thereby accelerating the incremental production of knowledge.
- The blog form, where articles are posted as blog posts with a comment section, allows for scholarly dialogue and collaboration, a kind of open peer review in which the merits and flaws of a paper can be pointed out and a consensus can arise about whether a particular idea is strong enough to form a basis for further work.
Many valuable ideas are too simple or too obscure to carry a full article in a major journal. Many journals do not publish descriptive work or datasets without some substantial theoretical contribution. This means that many valuable ideas are lost, never being shared, or only being shared many years after their inception when they are fitted into a major article or chapter.
Materials submitted to this forum can be ideas from the desk drawer that never developed into fully fledged articles, it can be interesting data sets from UA languages such as thematic word lists, grammatical notes, short analyzed and/or translated texts in Uto-Aztecan languages, or notes on ongoing research, new cognate sets or sound correspondences, or evidence of contact between Uto-Aztecan languages and other languages. Or it can be new ideas or requests for input that come with some kind of data element. There is also a section for reviews of books on topics related to Uto-Aztecan languages.
Suitable topics can be anything related to Uto-Aztecan languages – linguistically, historically, anthropologically. Work that has the potential of advancing or accelerating the understanding of the Uto-Aztecan language family and the historical and linguistic relations between the languages will be particularly appreciated. Also work that take a a comparative or historical approach will be particularly welcome. Submissions should ideally be between 1000 and 3000 words, but longer texts are also welcome.
Initially, until a team of reviewers has been assembled, submitted materials will only be reviewed by the site-editor (Magnus Pharao Hansen). The main criteria for evaluation will be that published texts and materials are considered potentially valuable for the community of Uto-Aztecanist scholars. Since what is published here are considered working papers, publication on this site does not preclude later publication elsewhere, and authors do not rescind any authorial rights upon publishing here.
Texts written in English, Spanish, French, German and Uto-Aztecan languages are considered and published on a running basis, with accepted texts being published simultaneously as a blog post and as a pdf-file for download (accessible through links on the site).
Papers and inquiries can be directed to the site-editor at magnuspharao AT gmail dot com. Also very welcome are statements of intention to submit, which should ideally come with a short description and a proposed date of submission.
Featured image: Detail from Disturnell, J. (1847) Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico, California &c.: segun lo organizado y definido por las varias actas del congreso de dicha Républica y construido por las mejores autoridades. New York. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012593364/)