Call for Papers: Special Issue on Language and Emotion

Editor: Kristen A. Lindquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Theme of the Special Issue:
The interplay of language and emotion has interested scholars throughout the ages. Recent research in affective science reveals the complex and fascinating ways in which language and emotion interact. For instance, natural human language can be mined to reveal affective meanings that predict outcomes ranging from health and well-being to political behavior. Cross-linguistic differences in semantic structure exist, pointing to cultural differences in emotion understanding, and perhaps even experience. During early development, the use of emotion words by caregivers predicts children’s later emotion understanding and regulatory abilities. In adults, accessing emotion words alters self-reported experiences, physiology, and brain activity. Labeling affective states with emotion words contributes to greater self-regulation in the face of negative emotion and phobias.

The goals of this special issue are to showcase novel empirical evidence examining the interaction between language and emotion across a range of interdisciplinary areas. We invite submissions from multiple disciplines including but not limited to psychology (social, clinical, developmental, cultural, cognitive, psycholinguistics, etc.), computer science, engineering, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and neuroscience. At Affective Science, affective processes are broadly construed, and include emotion, mood, stress, motivation, reward processes, and affective evaluations. We are especially seeking Research Articles, although in exemplary cases, Theoretical Articles will be considered.

  • Specifications for the research article: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for the brief report: limit to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. Maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
  • Specifications for the theoretical article: limit to 4,000 words (including all main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. They are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Supplemental materials/results may be submitted with the article and will be part of the review process. We will not publish supplemental material that is un-reviewed (SOM-U).

Proposals are due by March 1, 2020. Proposals that will be invited for full article submission will be notified by April 1st. Papers will be due by October 1, 2020, with the plan to finalize the special issue by the beginning of 2021.

Proposals should be one-page double spaced. For research articles a description of the question, participants, design, methods and results are required. Data collection must be completed and data must be fully analysed. For theoretical articles, include a synopsis of the major themes of the paper. Proposals can be submitted through languageemotionAFFS@gmail.com

Any questions can be directed to Kristen Lindquist (Kristen.lindquist@unc.edu).