Interactional Linguistics

In the past two decades, usage-based approaches to linguistic inquiry have forged an empirically grounded comprehension of language as locally contingent, temporal, and ever-adaptive. Interactionally-oriented approaches to the study of language have evidenced both how linguistic structures function as resources for organizing social interaction, and, conversely, how social interaction shapes linguistic structures.

Interactional Linguistics aims to advance our understanding of this symbiotic relationship between language and social interaction, contributing to a more encompassing comprehension of what language is, in light of its use within the dynamics of social interaction. This fully peer-reviewed journal publishes original research that demonstrates how close scrutiny of linguistic structures as they occur in social interaction can deepen our appreciation of the functional and formal aspects of language, be it within a single language or cross-linguistically. The journal publishes qualitative and quantitative research and welcomes empirical as well as theoretical arguments.

Interactional Linguistics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2666-4224 | E-ISSN 2666-4232
Sample issue: IL 1:1
Ilana Mushin | University of Queensland, Australia | interactional.linguistics at
Simona Pekarek Doehler | University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland | interactional.linguistics at
Editorial Board
Rebecca Clift | University of Essex, UK
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen | University of Helsinki, Finland
Arnulf Deppermann | Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Mannheim, Germany
Mark Dingemanse | Radboud University, Netherlands
Barbara A. Fox | University of Colorado, USA
Rod Gardner | University of Queensland, Australia
Makoto Hayashi | Nagoya University, Japan
Kobin H. Kendrick | University of York, UK
Leelo Keevallik | Linköping University, Sweden
Yael Maschler | University of Haifa, Israel
Richard Ogden | University of York, UK
Marja-Leena Sorjonen | University of Helsinki, Finland
Jürgen Streeck | University of Texas, Austin, USA
Hongyin Tao | University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Sandra A. Thompson | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Subscription Info
Current issue: 1:2, available as of December 2021
Next issue: 2:1, expected September 2022, published online on 12 September 2022

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Online-only Print + online
Volume 3 (2023): 2 issues; ca. 250 pp. EUR 162.00 EUR 184.00
Volume 2 (2022): 2 issues; ca. 250 pp. EUR 162.00 EUR 180.00

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Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Volume 1 (2021) 2 issues; 250 pp. EUR 162.00 EUR 180.00

Volume 2 (2022)

Volume 1 (2021)

Latest articles

22 August 2022

  • Egophoricity and evidentiality: Different categories, similar discourse functions . Insights on conversational data from the Tibetan Plateau and the Amazonian Foothills
    Erika Sandman Karolina Grzech | IL 2:1 (2022) p. 79
  • 16 August 2022

  • Doing remembering as a multimodal accomplishment : On the use of mi ricordo (‘I remember’) in Oral History Interviews
    Stefan Pfänder , Philipp Freyburger , Daniela Marzo Ignacio Satti | IL 2:1 (2022) pp. 110–136
  • 13 January 2022

  • Suffixation and sequentiality : Notes on the study of morphology in interaction
    Chase Wesley Raymond | IL 2:1 (2022) pp. 1–41
  • 21 December 2021

  • Editorial
    IL 1:2 (2021) p. 153
  • 13 December 2021

  • Responses within activities : Alignment via Egyptian Arabic ʔāh ‘yeah’ in extended turns
    Michal Marmorstein Nadav Matalon | IL 2:1 (2022) pp. 42–78
  • 22 November 2021

  • Gaze selects the next speaker in answers to questions pronominally addressed to more than one co-participant
    Peter Auer | IL 1:2 (2021) pp. 154–182
  • 15 November 2021

  • Positionally-sensitive action-ascription : Uses of Kannst du X? ‘Can you X?’ in their sequential and multimodal context
    Arnulf Deppermann Alexandra Gubina | IL 1:2 (2021) pp. 183–215
  • 2 August 2021

  • Parental lip-smacks during infant mealtimes : Multimodal features and social functions
    Sally Wiggins Leelo Keevallik | IL 1:2 (2021) pp. 241–272
  • 18 June 2021

  • Editorial
    IL 1:1 (2021) p. 1
  • 11 June 2021

  • Early collaborations : Adult-child and child-adult co-construction of ‘but’-clauses
    Lyle Lustigman | IL 1:2 (2021) pp. 216–240
  • 6 May 2021

  • You turn your back and there’s somebody moving in : Syntactic anacrusis in spoken English
    Paul J. Hopper | IL 1:1 (2021) pp. 64–89
  • Linguistic structures in social interaction : Moving temporality to the forefront of a science of language
    Ilana Mushin Simona Pekarek Doehler | IL 1:1 (2021) pp. 2–32
  • The emancipation of gestures
    Jürgen Streeck | IL 1:1 (2021) p. 90
  • The grammar of proposals for joint activities
    Sandra A. Thompson , Barbara A. Fox Chase Wesley Raymond | IL 1:1 (2021) pp. 123–151
  • 16 April 2021

  • Language over time : Some old and new uses of OKAY in American English
    Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen | IL 1:1 (2021) pp. 33–63
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    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General