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.

Sample issue: FOL 24:2
Monika Bednarek | University of Sydney
Martin Hilpert | University of Neuchâtel
J. Lachlan Mackenzie | VU University Amsterdam
Review Editor
Wendy L. Bowcher | Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
Managing Editor
Lobke Ghesquière | University of Mons | lobke.ghesquiere at
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
Cecilia Colombi | UC Davis
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: 26:3, available as of November 2019
Next issue: 27:1, expected April 2020

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

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Volume 27 (2020): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp. EUR 283.00 EUR 327.00

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Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒26; 1994‒2019)
58 issues;
8,250 pp.
EUR 6,097.00 EUR 6,439.00
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

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)


Guidelines and general information

Contributions should be in English. Authors who are not expert users of written academic English should have their text carefully checked by such an expert user (preferably a linguist familiar with the discourse of our discipline) before submitting the paper.

Before submitting to Functions of Language, please consult this Checklist to make sure that the topic of your contribution is relevant to this journal.

Manuscripts of articles and reviews must be prepared in accordance with the style sheet. Manuscripts not conforming with the style sheet will not be considered.

Papers submitted for consideration should not have been published in any form before in any widely available publication, nor may they be under review elsewhere. They will be reviewed by at least two referees. The turnaround time between submission and publication decision will be no more than four months.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission and tracking system. They should have the .doc, .docx or .rtf format (not .pdf). Please make sure that you have anonymized your paper before you submit it and consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be sent page proofs for correction and are expected to return these promptly.

All editorial questions should be sent to the Managing Editor:
Lobke Ghesquière, lobke.ghesquiere at
University of Mons, Faculty of Translation and Interpretation – Ell, Avenue du Champ de Mars 17, B-7000 MONS, Belgium.

All questions about book reviews should be sent to the (incoming) Reviews Editor:
Wendy Bowcher, wendylee at


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Rights and Permissions

Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

For information on authors' rights, please consult the rights information page.

Open Access

For information about permission to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the rights information page.

Functions of Language offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see the open access policy.


Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General