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.
All prices for print + online include postage/handling.
|Online-only||Print + online|
|Volume 30 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp.||EUR 283.00||EUR 334.00|
|Volume 29 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp.||EUR 283.00||EUR 327.00|
Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.
|Online-only||Print + online|
(Vols. 1‒28; 1994‒2021)
|EUR 6,663.00||EUR 7,093.00|
|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|
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)
4 March 2022
3 March 2022
15 February 2022
14 February 2022
11 February 2022
8 February 2022
2 February 2022
1 February 2022
23 September 2021
13 July 2021
19 May 2021
7 April 2021
20 January 2021
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Before submitting to Functions of Language, please consult this Checklist to make sure that the topic of your contribution is relevant to this journal.
Please also consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors and the journal's 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. Please make sure that you have anonymized your paper before you submit it.
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.
All editorial questions should be sent to the Managing Editor:
Charlotte Maekelberghe, charlotte.maekelberghekuleuven.be
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts - Brussels Campus, Warmoesberg 26, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
All questions about book reviews should be sent to the Reviews Editor:
Wendy Bowcher, wendyleemail.sysu.edu.cn
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This journal offers the possibility for accepted papers to be published Open Access through payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC) of EUR 1800 (excl. tax); more information can be found on the publisher's Open Access Policy page.
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