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 28 (2021): 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. 1‒27; 1994‒2020)
|EUR 6,380.00||EUR 6,766.00|
|Volume 27 (2020)||3 issues; 375 pp.||EUR 283.00||EUR 327.00|
|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 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 November 2020
6 July 2020
30 June 2020
19 June 2020
16 June 2020
5 June 2020
4 June 2020
27 May 2020
15 April 2020
25 November 2019
2 August 2019
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.ghesquiereumons.ac.be
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, wendyleemail.sysu.edu.cn
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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.
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.