English Text Construction

English Text Construction is an internationally refereed journal of English Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Literary Studies focusing on the communicating subject and the text constructing this intersubjective communication. The journal offers a forum for currently converging tendencies that place the text-constructing subject in centre stage. This general common denominator subsumes fundamental movements in the three disciplines of English studies, viz. literary studies, linguistics and applied linguistics. In literary studies narratological perspectives remain of abiding interest, as well as study of the psychologically and ideologically fragmented subject as it reveals itself in literary texts. The study of literature is currently also witnessing renewed interest in the gendered and sociopolitically situated subject and its moral responsibilities. In linguistics, the communicating subject is central to functional, cognitive and pragmatic approaches. Functional linguistics investigates how language is used to communicate about the world and to negotiate the social and discourse roles. Cognitive linguistics studies language usage as it constructs the perspectivized meanings of the conceptualizing subject. Pragmatic approaches focus on the whole message, both the linguistically predicated and the contextually implied one, exchanged between the interlocutors. In Applied linguistics, the subject also plays a central role. Applied linguistic interest in text and the construal of subjectivity is reflected, among others, in genre-oriented approaches to text, and in discourse-oriented and corpus-based analyses as the basis for various ELT applications. For instance, considerable attention has been devoted to issues such as stance in (research) writing and presentations, and to subjectivity in translation studies. Similarly, in language teaching methodology increased attention is given to individual learners and learning styles.
ETC invites proposals for Special Issues. Please contact the journal editors or send your proposal to the editorial assistant: charlene.meyers at umons.ac.be .
ISSN 1874-8767 | E-ISSN 1874-8775
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/etc
Sample issue: ETC 10:1
Lieselotte Brems | University of Liège
Lobke Ghesquière | Université de Mons
Brecht de Groote | Ghent University
Editorial Assistant
Charlène Meyers | Université de Mons | charlene.meyers at umons.ac.be
Editorial Board
Karin Aijmer | University of Göteborg
Johan van der Auwera | University of Antwerp
Amy Cook | Stony Brook University
Barbara Dancygier | University of British Columbia
Kristin Davidse | University of Leuven
Catherine Emmott | University of Glasgow
Roberta Facchinetti | University of Verona
Lynne Flowerdew | Birkbeck, University of London
Gaëtanelle Gilquin | University of Louvain
David Glover | University of Southampton
Ton Hoenselaars | Utrecht University
Ken Hyland | University of East Anglia
Lesley Jeffries | University of Huddersfield
Hilary Nesi | Coventry University
Jean-Michel Rabaté | University of Pennsylvania
Ute Römer | Georgia State University
Sam Slote | Trinity College Dublin
Lieven Vandelanotte | University of Namur
Tony Veale | University College Dublin
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Current issue: 14:2, available as of May 2022

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Volume 4 (2011)

Volume 3 (2010)

Volume 2 (2009)

Volume 1 (2008)


  1. Manuscripts submitted to English Text Construction (ETC) must be written in clear, concise, grammatical English. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker.

  2. Article length may vary, but is usually between 7,000 and 12,000 words. Book reviews should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words long and should provide a summary of the book as well as the reviewer’s evaluation of it.

  3. All articles published in ETC are anonymously peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via this website. The file format may be .doc, .docx or .rtf. The first page should contain the title of the article; a self-contained abstract of max. 120 words; and a list of up to five keywords, separated by a comma, listed in alphabetical order, and not capitalized. Revised versions of submissions will likewise need to be submitted via the website, accompanied by a revision report in cases where the verdict returned was “revise and resubmit”.

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

  5. 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). Numbering starts at 1, not 0. Sections and subsections should be titled, capitalizing only the first word of the title (and, if applicable, subtitle) and proper names.

  6. Spelling should be British English or American English and should be consistent throughout the paper.

  7. Line drawings or photographs should be submitted as reproducible originals and be referred to as Figures. Figures and Tables should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and have appropriate captions. They should always be referred to in the text itself, using numbers (e.g. ‘as indicated in Table 1’), and not expressions such as ‘the following table’ or ‘the figure below’. Tables and Figures should be inserted in their preferred position in the text.

  8. Example sentences should be numbered consecutively throughout the article, and the numbers should be placed in brackets.

  9. Notes should appear as footnotes and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. Footnote numbers should be inserted after punctuation marks such as commas and full stops.

  10. Quoted passages should be enclosed in double quotation marks. Use single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. Punctuation marks such as full stops, commas, colons and semicolons immediately following quoted passages should appear outside the quotation. Quotes longer than four lines should be formatted as a block quote (indented, with a blank line before and after, and no quotation marks). In-text references should follow the style (Traugott & Dasher 2002: 147-148). In the case of multiple references listed consecutively, references should be ordered chronologically; they should be separated by a semicolon, except for publications by the same author(s), which should be separated by a comma (Hyland 2000; Flowerdew 2005, 2008). In the case of multiple authors, use ‘et al.’ for publications with three or more authors.

  11. The References section should list in alphabetical order all references cited in the text and only these. Note the following examples (and in particular the use of full first names, with the possible exception of authors who use initials only):


    Athanasiadou, Angeliki, Costas Canakis & Bert Cornillie (eds). 2006. Subjectification: Various Paths to Subjectivity (Cognitive Linguistics Research 31). Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
    Hasselgård, Hilde, Jarle Ebeling & Signe Oksefjell Ebeling (eds). 2013. Corpus Perspectives on Patterns of Lexis (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 57). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    Palmer, Alan. 2004. Fictional Minds. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press.


    Hinkel, Eli. 2003. Adverbial markers and tone in L1 and L2 students writing. Journal of Pragmatics 35 (7): 1049-1068.
    McLeod, Deborah. 2009. Disturbing the silence: Sound imagery in Conrad’s The Secret Agent. Journal of Modern Literature 33 (1): 117-131.
    Traugott, Elizabeth Closs. 1995. Subjectification in grammaticalization. In Subjectivity and Subjectivisation: Linguistic Perspectives, Dieter Stein & Susan Wright (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 31-54.

    Conference talks and dissertations

    Horn, Laurence R. 2011. Uncrypting a cryptotype: Lexical semantics, lexical pragmatics, and the un-verb. Plenary lecture given at the 4th International Conference of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Eduction "Facing Present, Past and Future", Brussels, 1-3 December 2011.
    Van Dam, Frederik. 2013. The man without style: Victorian liberalism and literary form in Anthony Trollope’s later novels. PhD dissertation, University of Leuven.

    Web page references should include a URL and be followed by a last accessed date between round brackets.

    For more examples, see this example of a reference list published in ETC.

  12. The main text of the article can be followed by the following sections (in this order): Acknowledgements, Primary data (i.e. literary source texts or linguistic corpora used), References, Appendices. Appendices, if present, should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the main text.

  13. Authors will receive electronic proofs sent by e-mail for final corrections. These must be returned by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Authors will receive one copy of the journal issue upon publication.


English Text Construction offers online submission .

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If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors or the editorial assistant via e-mail: charlene.meyers at umons.ac.be


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Main BIC Subject

CF/2AB: Linguistics/English

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General