Functions of Language

Functions of Language is an international journal of linguistics which explores the functionalist perspective on the organisation and use of natural language. It publishes articles and reviews books from the full spectrum of functionalist linguistics, seeking to bring out the fundamental unity behind the various schools of thought, while stimulating discussion among functionalists. It encourages the interplay of theory and description, and provides space for the detailed analysis, qualitative or quantitative, of linguistic data from a broad range of languages. Its scope is broad, covering such matters as prosodic phenomena in phonology, the clause in its communicative context, and regularities of pragmatics, conversation and discourse, as well as the interaction between the various levels of analysis. The overall purpose is to contribute to our understanding of how the use of languages in speech and writing has impacted, and continues to impact, upon the structure of those languages.

Functions of Language publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 0929-998X | E-ISSN 1569-9765
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/fol
Sample issue: FOL 26:1
Board
Editors
Martin Hilpert | University of Neuchâtel
J. Lachlan Mackenzie | VU University Amsterdam
Sumin Zhao | University of Edinburgh
Review Editor
Wendy L. Bowcher | Sun Yat-Sen University and Honorary Professor, Macquarie University
Managing Editors
Lobke Ghesquière | University of Mons
Charlotte Maekelberghe | KU Leuven | charlotte.maekelberghe at kuleuven.be
Editorial Board
Svenja Adolphs | University of Nottingham
Jóhanna Barðdal | University of Ghent
Dagmar Barth-Weingarten | University of Potsdam
Walter Bisang | Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz
Kasper Boye | University of Copenhagen
Cristiano Broccias | University of Genoa
Alice Caffarel-Cayron | University of Sydney
Hendrik De Smet | University of Leuven
Holger Diessel | University of Jena
John W. Du Bois | University of California, Santa Barbara
Anita Fetzer | University of Augsburg
Lise Fontaine | University of Cardiff
Cliff Goddard | Griffith University
Francisco Gonzálvez-García | University of Almería
Martin Haspelmath | MPI-SHH Jena
Kees Hengeveld | University of Amsterdam
Liesbet Heyvaert | University of Leuven
Sally Humphrey | Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Susan Hunston | University of Birmingham
Laura A. Janda | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Evelien Keizer | University of Vienna
J.R. Martin | University of Sydney
Tanja Mortelmans | University of Antwerp
Stella Neumann | University of Aachen
Dirk Noël | University of Hong Kong
Gerard O’Grady | University of Cardiff
Teresa Oteíza | PUC Santiago
Mary J. Schleppegrell | University of Michigan
Jack Sidnell | University of Toronto
Elena Smirnova | University of Hannover
Gerard J. Steen | University of Amsterdam
Maite Taboada | Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Freek Van de Velde | University of Leuven
Subscription Info
Current issue: 29:1, available as of March 2022
Next issue: 29:2, expected July 2022

General information about our electronic journals.

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Volume 30 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp. EUR 283.00 EUR 334.00
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(Vols. 1‒28; 1994‒2021)
64 issues;
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Volumes 27‒28 (2020‒2021) 3 issues; avg. 375 pp. EUR 283.00 each EUR 327.00 each
Volume 26 (2019) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 277.00 EUR 321.00
Volume 25 (2018) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 269.00 EUR 312.00
Volume 24 (2017) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 261.00 EUR 303.00
Volume 23 (2016) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 261.00 EUR 294.00
Volume 22 (2015) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 261.00 EUR 285.00
Volume 21 (2014) 3 issues; 375 pp. EUR 261.00 EUR 277.00
Volume 20 (2013) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 239.00
Volumes 1‒19 (1994‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 225.00 each EUR 232.00 each
IssuesOnline-first articles

Volume 29 (2022)

Volume 28 (2021)

Volume 27 (2020)

Volume 26 (2019)

Volume 25 (2018)

Volume 24 (2017)

Volume 23 (2016)

Volume 22 (2015)

Volume 21 (2014)

Volume 20 (2013)

Volume 19 (2012)

Volume 18 (2011)

Volume 17 (2010)

Volume 16 (2009)

Volume 15 (2008)

Volume 14 (2007)

Volume 13 (2006)

Volume 12 (2005)

Volume 11 (2004)

Volume 10 (2003)

Volume 9 (2002)

Volume 8 (2001)

Volume 7 (2000)

Volume 6 (1999)

Volume 5 (1998)

Volume 4 (1997)

Volume 3 (1996)

Volume 2 (1995)

Volume 1 (1994)

Latest articles

4 March 2022

  • Diachronic changes of least delicate appraisal in parliamentary and congressional language : An SFL-based computational study
    Bandar Alhumaidi A. Almutairi | FOL 29:2 (2022) pp. 169–198
  • Redefining attitude for studying explicit and indirect evaluations of human behaviour
    Sara Vilar Lluch | FOL 29:2 (2022) pp. 199–225
  • 3 March 2022

  • Modeling the discourse pragmatics of interrogatives
    Malte Rosemeyer | FOL 29:1 (2022) pp. 1–24
  • 15 February 2022

  • A contrastive perspective on French and Italian wh-in situ questions : A discourse-pragmatic approach
    Davide Garassino | FOL 29:1 (2022) pp. 25–57
  • How sentence type influences the interpretation of Spanish future constructions
    Malte Rosemeyer María Sol Sansiñena | FOL 29:1 (2022) pp. 116–141
  • 14 February 2022

  • Charles Forceville. 2020. Visual and multimodal communication: Applying the relevance principle
    Reviewed by Agnieszka Piskorska
  • 11 February 2022

  • Alternatives to QUD : Alternatives to questions
    Pavel Ozerov | FOL 29:1 (2022) p. 86
  • Bernd Heine, Gunther Kaltenböck, Tania KutevaHaiping Long. 2021. The rise of discourse markers
    Reviewed by Karin Aijmer
  • 8 February 2022

  • Carlos GussenhovenAoju Chen (eds.). 2020. The Oxford handbook of language prosody
    Reviewed by Gerard O’Grady
  • 2 February 2022

  • Helen Caple, Changpeng HuanMonika Bednarek. 2020. Multimodal news analysis across cultures
    Reviewed by Peipei Jia | FOL 29:2 (2022) pp. 232–236
  • 1 February 2022

  • On the discourse pragmatics of German wh-headlines : Diachronic perspectives
    Rita Finkbeiner Robert Külpmann | FOL 29:1 (2022) pp. 58–85
  • 23 September 2021

  • Hongming ZhangYouyong Qian (eds.). 2019. Prosodic studies: Challenges and prospects
    Reviewed by Chen Ou Kaijing Zhao | FOL 29:2 (2022) pp. 226–231
  • 13 July 2021

  • The pragmatism of drawing context networks : Social hierarchy and social distance as dimensions of Tenor
    David G. Butt , Alison Rotha Moore , Canzhong Wu John Cartmill | FOL 28:3 (2021) pp. 260–290
  • 19 May 2021

  • Understanding context in computer-mediated communication : A focus on Danmaku discourse
    Jennifer Yameng Liang | FOL 28:3 (2021) pp. 342–367
  • 7 April 2021

  • Another turn of the screw on the history of the reaction object construction
    Tamara Bouso Pablo Ruano San Segundo | FOL 28:2 (2021) pp. 208–231
  • Context of situation and the role of language
    Wendy L. Bowcher | FOL 28:3 (2021) pp. 315–341
  • From dynamic modal to conditional protasis connective : Evidence from Chinese néng ‘be able to’
    Yueh Hsin Kuo | FOL 29:2 (2022) pp. 143–168
  • Modelling interfaces with context in SFL : Stratification, instantiation, metafunctions
    Miriam Taverniers | FOL 28:3 (2021) pp. 291–314
  • Context in Systemic Functional Linguistics : Principles and parameters
    Tom Bartlett Wendy L. Bowcher | FOL 28:3 (2021) pp. 243–259
  • 20 January 2021

  • Discourse markers as a lens to variation across speech and writing : Egyptian Arabic yaʕni ‘it means’ as a case study
    Michal Marmorstein | FOL 28:2 (2021) pp. 153–182
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    KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts - Brussels Campus, Warmoesberg 26, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

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    Wendy Bowcher, wendylee at mail.sysu.edu.cn

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    Subjects

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General