Chinese Language and Discourse | An International and Interdisciplinary Journal

A peer-reviewed journal which seeks to publish original work on Chinese and related languages, with a focus on current topics in Chinese discourse studies. The notion of discourse is a broad one, emphasizing an empirical orientation and encompassing such linguistic fields as language and society, language and culture, language and thought, language and social interaction, discourse and grammar, communication studies, and contact linguistics. Special emphasis is placed on systematic documentation of Chinese usage patterns and methodological innovations in explaining Chinese and related languages from a wide range of functional perspectives, including, but not limited to, those of conversation analysis, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, grammaticalization, cognitive linguistics, typological and comparative studies.

The journal also publishes review articles as well as extended comments on published articles. Exchanges of research views between authors and readers are also welcome.

CLD publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1877-7031 | E-ISSN 1877-8798
Sample issue: CLD 11:1
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt | University of Oregon, USA
K.K. Luke | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hongyin Tao | University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Li Wei | UCL IOE, UK
Executive Editor
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt | University of Oregon, USA
Review Editor
Ni-Eng Lim | Nanyang Technological University
Honorary Board
Ping Chen | University of Queensland, Australia
Mary S. Erbaugh | University of Oregon, USA
Shuanfan Huang | Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
Andy Kirkpatrick | Griffith University, Australia
Randy J. LaPolla | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jerome Packard | University of Illinois, USA
Jiaxuan Shen | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Chaofen Sun | Stanford University, USA
Sandra A. Thompson | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Editorial Board
Miao-Hsia Chang | National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Jidong Chen | California State University, Fresno, USA
Kawai Chui | National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Mei Fang | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Yihong Gao | Peking University, China
Jiansheng Guo | California State University East Bay, USA
Zhu Hua | University of Birmingham, UK
Agnes Weiyun He | Stony Brook University, USA
Nancy Hedberg | Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dániel Z. Kádár | Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary & Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China
Lee Cher Leng | National University of Singapore, Singapore
Xiaoting Li | University of Alberta, Canada
Phua Chiew Pheng | National University of Singapore, Singapore
Lily I-Wen Su | National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Liang Tao | Ohio University, USA
Hana Třísková | Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Linda Tsung | University of Sydney, Australia
Wei Wang | University of Sydney, Australia
Doreen D. Wu | Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu | San Diego State University, USA
Daming Xu | Nanjing University, China
Foong Ha Yap | Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China
Boping Yuan | University of Cambridge, UK
Bojiang Zhang | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Wei Zhang | Tongji University, China
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Current issue: 11:1, available as of June 2020
Next issue: 11:2, expected November 2020

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Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):

Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in journal):

Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.



Appendixes should follow the References section.


a) Authors are requested to check accepted manuscripts very carefully before final submission in order to avoid delays and extra costs at the proof stage. Page proofs will be sent to the first author and must be corrected and returned within seven days of receipt. Author alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author at the publisher's discretion.

b) Authors will receive a PDF file of their contribution and a complimentary copy of the issue in which their article has appeared. (In the case of multiple authors, the PDF file will be sent to the first named author.)

Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: cld.editors at


Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: cld.editors at


Main BIC Subject

CF/2GDC: Linguistics/Chinese

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General