Journal of Historical Linguistics

The Journal of Historical Linguistics aims to publish, after peer-review, papers that make a significant contribution to the theory and/or methodology of historical linguistics. Papers dealing with any language or language family are welcome. Papers should have a diachronic orientation and should offer new perspectives, refine existing methodologies, or challenge received wisdom, on the basis of careful analysis of extant historical data. We are especially keen to publish work which links historical linguistics to corpus-based research, linguistic typology, language variation, language contact, or the study of language and cognition, all of which constitute a major source of methodological renewal for the discipline and shed light on aspects of language change. Contributions in areas such as diachronic corpus linguistics or diachronic typology are therefore particularly welcome.

The Journal of Historical Linguistics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2210-2116 | E-ISSN 2210-2124
Sample issue: JHL 7:3
General Editor
Silvia Luraghi | University of Pavia | silvia.luraghi at
Review Editor
Thanasis Georgakopoulos | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | athanasphil at
Associate Editors
Eleanor Coghill | Uppsala University
Eitan Grossman | Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Johann-Mattis List | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Erich Round | The University of Queensland
Matthias Urban | University of Tübingen
Consulting Editor
Joseph C. Salmons | University of Wisconsin
Founding Editors
Silvia Luraghi | University of Pavia
Jóhanna Barðdal | Ghent University
Eugenio R. Luján | University of Madrid Complutense
Advisory Board
Claire Bowern | Yale University
Concepción Company Company | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Wolfgang U. Dressler | Austrian Academy of Sciences
Thórhallur Eythórsson | University of Iceland
Jan Terje Faarlund | University of Oslo
Elly van Gelderen | Arizona State University
Dag T.T. Haug | University of Oslo
Bernd Heine | University of Cologne
Willem B. Hollmann | Lancaster University
Paul J. Hopper | Carnegie Mellon University
Ritsuko Kikusawa | National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
Harold Koch | Australian National University
Leonid Kulikov | Ghent University
Rosemarie Lühr | University of Jena
Marianne Mithun | University of California, Santa Barbara
Geoffrey S. Nathan | Wayne State University
Muriel Norde | Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
John Charles Smith | University of Oxford
Elizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
Ans M.C. van Kemenade | Radboud University, Nijmegen
Margaret E. Winters | Wayne State University
Editorial Assistant
Bethany Christiansen | The Ohio State University
Subscription Info
Current issue: 10:3, available as of December 2020
Next issue: 11:1, expected April 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 11 (2021): 3 issues; ca. 450 pp. EUR 222.00 EUR 257.00
Volume 10 (2020): 3 issues; ca. 450 pp. EUR 222.00 EUR 257.00
Volume 9 (2019): 3 issues; ca. 450 pp. EUR 218.00 EUR 252.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 60.00 (online‑only: EUR 55.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒8; 2011‒2018)
18 issues;
2,700 pp.
EUR 1,398.00 EUR 1,523.00
Volume 8 (2018) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 212.00 EUR 245.00
Volume 7 (2017) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 238.00
Volume 6 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 165.00 EUR 185.00
Volume 5 (2015) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 165.00 EUR 180.00
Volume 4 (2014) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 165.00 EUR 175.00
Volume 3 (2013) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 165.00 EUR 170.00
Volumes 1‒2 (2011‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 160.00 each EUR 165.00 each

Volume 11 (2021)

Volume 10 (2020)

Volume 9 (2019)

Volume 8 (2018)

Volume 7 (2017)

Volume 6 (2016)

Volume 5 (2015)

Volume 4 (2014)

Volume 3 (2013)

Volume 2 (2012)

Volume 1 (2011)


The Journal of Historical Linguistics offers online submission. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

Regular mail submissions are also considered, in which case two hard copies should be sent. See the bottom of this page for contact information. At this stage in the process, it is not yet necessary that submissions adhere to the journal's style sheet. Texts should be double-spaced, printed on one side of the page only, with all pages numbered consecutively. Figures, charts and tables can be left in the appropriate place in the manuscript. In order to permit double-blind refereeing, submissions should not carry author information. Contributors who are not native speakers of English should have their manuscript carefully checked by a native speaker.

Please note that any material submitted to JHL must be original work, not published or under review elsewhere, and contributors may not submit this work elsewhere while it is under review for this journal. If related material has been published or is under consideration or in press elsewhere, that must be disclosed to the editors. Similarly, if part of a contribution has appeared or will appear elsewhere, contributors must specify the details in a cover letter accompanying the submission.

If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to submit a final version prepared according to the JHL Stylesheet (PDF).

Contact information:

General Editor Review Editor
Silvia Luraghi Thanasis Georgakopoulos
University of Pavia National Research University
Department of Linguistics    “Higher School of Economics” (HSE)
Corso Strada Nuova 65 Moscow
I-27100 PAVIA, Italy athanasphil at
silvia.luraghi at  




Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative