Asia-Pacific Language Variation

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ORCID logoShobha Satyanath | University of Delhi, India | shobhas.aplv at
Associate Editors
ORCID logoMiriam Meyerhoff | University of Oxford, UK
Maya Ravindranath Abtahian | University of Rochester, USA
ORCID logoRebecca Lurie Starr | National University of Singapore, Singapore

This journal aims to report research on the description and analysis of variation and change from the Asia-Pacific region. The journal encourages research that is firmly based on empirical data and quantitative analysis of variation and change as well as the social factors that are reflected and constructed through language variation and change. Though much of the research is expected to be based on new speech data and fieldwork, the language data may be either oral or written, including both modern and historical resources. The unique emphasis of the journal is to promote understanding of the multifaceted linguistic communities of Asia-Pacific.

APLV publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2215-1354 | E-ISSN: 2215-1362
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Editorial Board
ORCID logoFelicity Meakins | University of Queensland, Australia
ORCID logoNaomi Nagy | University of Toronto. Canada
ORCID logoCarmel O'Shannessy | Australian National University, Australia
Nick Palfreyman | University of Central Lancashire, UK
ORCID logoVictoria Rau | National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
ORCID logoGillian Sankoff | University of Pennsylvania, USA
ORCID logoDevyani Sharma | Queen Mary University of London, UK
James N. Stanford | Dartmouth College, USA
ORCID logoJames A. Walker | La Trobe University, Australia
Jingwei Zhang | University of Macau, Macao
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Asia-Pacific Language Variation (APLV)

1. For submission please click the Submission button. Inquiries can be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at:
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2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of APLV  will be returned to authors without review.

3. Contributions must be in English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.

4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

5. For initial submission, authors should submit their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3 cm/1 inch margins. While submitting the manuscript, authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, and address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five to ten keywords to be used for indexing purposes.

6. Submissions should be approximately 8,500 words long.

7. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word).

8. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in APLV is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.

9. Authors should provide the final version of the 100-150 word abstract in English and at least one other language.

10. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.). Authors are advised not to use more than three levels of displayed headings.

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13. NOTES should appear as FOOTNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

14. REFERENCES in the text should be formatted according to following style:

A Work by Two Authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.

Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...

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In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

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In et al. , et should not be followed by a period.

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Harris et al. (2001) argued...

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Two or More Works in the Same Parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon. That means that they are in alphabetical, not chronological order.

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Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that...

Book (monograph):

Montrul, Silvina A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Anderson, Bruce (2002). The fundamental equivalence of native and interlanguage grammars: Evidence from argument licensing and adjective position. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Indiana University.

Book (edited volume):

Brinton, Donna, Kagan, Olga, & Bauckus, Susan (Eds.). (2008). Heritage language education. A new field emerging. London: Routledge.

Article (in book):

Bullock, Barbara E., & Toribio, Almeida J. (2009). Trying to hit a moving target: On the sociophonetics of code-switching. In Ludmila Isurin, Donald Winford, & Kees de Bot (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to code switching (pp. 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Articles (in journal):

Grosjean, François (1998). Studying bilinguals. Methodological and conceptual issues. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1(2), 131-149.

Bobaljik, Jonathan David, & Wurmbrand, Susi (2002). Notes on agreement in Itelmen. Linguistic Discovery, 1(1). Available from

Electronic, online sources:

Liberman, Mark (2006). Uptalk is not HRT. Language Log, 28 March 2006, retrieved on 30 March, from

15. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a PDF file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.

16. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.

17. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors: shobhas.aplv at


Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General