Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics

ORCID logoMarijke J. van der Wal | Leiden University | m.j.van.der.wal at
ORCID logoTerttu Nevalainen | University of Helsinki | terttu.nevalainen at
Over the last three decades, historical sociolinguistics has developed into a mature and challenging field of study that focuses on language users and language use in the past. The social motivation of linguistic variation and change continues at the forefront of the historical sociolinguistic enquiry, but current research does not stop there. It extends from social and regional variation in language use to its various communicative contexts, registers and genres, and includes issues in language attitudes, policies and ideologies. One of the main stimuli for the field comes from new digitized resources and large text corpora, which enable the study of a much wider social coverage than before. Historical sociolinguists use variationist and dialectological research tools and techniques, perform pragmatic and social network analyses, and adopt innovative approaches from other disciplines. The series publishes monographs and thematic volumes, in English, on different languages and topics that contribute to our understanding of the relations between the individual, language and society in the past.
Edited by Israel Sanz-Sánchez
Expected April 2024. viii, 326 pp. + index
Olga Timofeeva
2022. xv, 204 pp.
Edited by Whitney Chappell and Bridget Drinka
2021. v, 235 pp.
Edited by Merja Stenroos and Kjetil V. Thengs
2020. ix, 310 pp.
Edited by Raymond Hickey
2019. x, 289 pp.
Gijsbert Rutten
2019. x, 312 pp.
Edited by Terttu Nevalainen, Minna Palander-Collin and Tanja Säily
2018. xi, 311 pp.
Edited by Tanja Säily, Arja Nurmi, Minna Palander-Collin and Anita Auer
2017. vii, 331 pp.
Edited by Minna Palander-Collin, Maura Ratia and Irma Taavitsainen
2017. vii, 301 pp.
Edited by Birte Bös and Lucia Kornexl
2015. xiv, 254 pp.
Edited by Marina Dossena
2015. vii, 221 pp.
Edited by Gijsbert Rutten, Rik Vosters and Wim Vandenbussche
2014. viii, 334 pp.
Gijsbert Rutten and Marijke J. van der Wal
2014. xiii, 426 pp.
Edited by Marijke J. van der Wal and Gijsbert Rutten
2013. vii, 279 pp.
Editorial Board
Wendy Ayres-Bennett | University of Cambridge
Martin Durrell | University of Manchester
Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak | Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. | University of Georgia, Athens GA
Mieko Ogura | Tsurumi University, Yokohama
Suzanne Romaine | University of Oxford
Daniel Schreier | University of Zurich
Merja Stenroos | University of Stavanger
ORCID logoSali A. Tagliamonte | University of Toronto
ORCID logoIngrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade | Leiden University
Donald N. Tuten | Emory University, Atlanta GA
Wim Vandenbussche | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
ORCID logoAnna Verschik | Tallinn University

The series welcomes submissions. Book proposals, preferably structured along the lines indicated in our Guidelines for Book Proposals, can be sent to the editors:

Marijke van der Wal, M.J.van.der.Wal at
Terttu Nevalainen, terttu.nevalainen at

When you are instructed to prepare your manuscript for production, please follow the Guidelines for Manuscript Submission.


Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General