International Journal of Literary Linguistics https://journals.linguistik.de/ijll <p>The International Journal of Literary Linguistics (IJLL) is an open-access, peer-review journal published by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany) that is dedicated to the publication of original research at the interface of literary studies and linguistics. The journal provides an innovative forum for articles participating in the recent reshaping of the field of literary linguistics under the influence of pragmatics, functional linguistics and cognitive studies. It aims at contributing to a new, dialogic understanding of literary production and reception. The journal invites contributions from scholars working on different languages and literatures.</p> <p>Submissions to the journal may be concerned with (but are not restricted to) the following topics: Textuality, intertextuality, dialogism, narratology, stylistics, genre, in spoken, written and multimodal texts (and in their adaptations into other media). We are also interested in publishing special issues edited by guest editors as well as reviews of scholarly books of relevance.</p> <p>Publication language is English.</p> <p>The work of the editorial team is supported by an advisory board comprising some of the most eminent scholars in the field of literary linguistics.</p> <p>If you are interested in submitting an article, please go to the <a href="/index.php/ijll/about">About the Journal</a> page to find out more.</p> <p>There are no submission or article processing charges.</p> Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz en-US International Journal of Literary Linguistics 2194-5594 <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" rel="license"><img style="border-width: 0;" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/3.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License" /></a> ‘To imagine a language means to imagine a form of life?’ https://journals.linguistik.de/ijll/article/view/119 <p>Despite several decades of linguistic research and activism, neutral/inclusive language use is far from the norm in English and German. In this article I explore whether the encounter with neutral terminology in June Arnold’s novel <em>The Cook and the Carpenter</em> can prompt readers to question dominant practices and consider alternatives. Based on narrative research, my premise is that fiction can create familiarity with new terms and thereby support linguistic change. I frame my investigation with Wittgenstein’s notion that ‘to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life’, and put it to the test with a discourse analysis of English and German reader responses. The results of my study show that Arnold’s novel stimulates fruitful debate of the issue of gender and language. Based on my findings, I propose the text’s integration into linguistics education in order to further promote neutral/inclusive language use.</p> Christiane Luck Copyright (c) 2020 International Journal of Literary Linguistics 2020-01-19 2020-01-19 9 1 1 21 10.15462/ijll.v9i1.119