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
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Current issue: 11:1, available as of April 2021
Next issue: 11:2, expected August 2021, published online on 23 July 2021

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Volume 9 (2019) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 218.00 EUR 252.00
Volume 8 (2018) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 212.00 EUR 245.00
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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)

Latest articles

2 August 2021

  • Pre- and postnominal onymic genitives in (Early) New High German : A multifactorial analysis
    Tanja Ackermann
  • 23 July 2021

  • Syntactic conditions on accusative to ergative alignment change in Austronesian languages
    Edith Aldridge | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 214–247
  • Alignment shift as functional markedness reversal
    Katarzyna Janic & Charlotte Hemmings | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 299–341
  • Source constructions as a key to alignment change : The case of Aramaic
    Paul M. Noorlander | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 248–298
  • “Non-coordinating UND” in Middle and Early New High German
    Sophia Jana Oppermann | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 159–208
  • Luca Alfieri , Maria Carmela Benvenuto , Claudia Angela Ciancaglini , Paolo Milizia Flavia Pompeo (Eds.). 2018. Linguistica, filologia e storia culturale. In ricordo di Palmira Cipriano
    Reviewed by Chiara Fedriani | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 348–356
  • Robert Mailhammer Theo Vennemann . 2019. The Carthaginian North: Semitic Influence on Early Germanic: A Linguistic and Cultural Study
    Reviewed by Nelson Goering | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 357–366
  • Edit Doron , Malka Rappaport Hovav , Yael Reshef Moshe Taube (eds.). 2019. Language Contact, Continuity and Change in the Genesis of Modern Hebrew
    Reviewed by Yaron Matras | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 342–347
  • Introduction to the special thematic section : Perspectives on alignment change
    Eystein Dahl | JHL 11:2 (2021) pp. 209–213
  • 16 April 2021

  • The Duhumbi perspective on Proto-Western Kho-Bwa onsets
    Timotheus Adrianus Bodt | JHL 11:1 (2021) pp. 1–59
  • Modeling gradient processes in Polabian vowel chain shifting and blocking
    Roslyn Burns | JHL 11:1 (2021) pp. 102–142
  • Clitic pronouns in Archaic Chinese
    Redouane Djamouri & Waltraud Paul | JHL 11:1 (2021) p. 60
  • Nathan W. Hill . 2019. The Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese
    Reviewed by Guillaume Jacques | JHL 11:1 (2021) pp. 143–158
  • 8 December 2020

  • Clitic position in Old Occitan affirmative verb-first declaratives coordinated by e : A variationist analysis
    Bryan Donaldson | JHL 10:3 (2020) pp. 389–426
  • Stress in real time : The noun–verb stress contrast and the rhythmic context hypothesis in the history of English
    Klaus Hofmann | JHL 10:3 (2020) pp. 452–486
  • The empirical reality of bridging contexts : Strong polarity contexts as the transition between NPIs and n-words
    Pierre Larrivée & Amel Kallel | JHL 10:3 (2020) pp. 427–451
  • Productivity, richness, and diversity of light verb constructions in the history of American English
    John D. Sundquist | JHL 10:3 (2020) pp. 349–388
  • Editor’s Corner
    JHL 10:3 (2020) pp. 347–348
  • 21 August 2020

  • Continuity and change in the aspect systems of Vedic and Latin
    Eystein Dahl | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 325–345
  • The history of tense and aspect in the Sogeram family
    Don Daniels | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 167–208
  • Kisikongo (Bantu, H16a) present-future isomorphism : A diachronic conspiracy between semantics and phonology
    Sebastian Dom , Gilles-Maurice de Schryver & Koen Bostoen | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 251–288
  • Development of aspect markers in Arandic languages, with notes on associated motion
    Harold Koch | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 209–250
  • Historical change in the Japanese tense-aspect system
    Heiko Narrog | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 289–324
  • Introduction : Development of tense and aspect systems
    Jadranka Gvozdanović | JHL 10:2 (2020) pp. 153–166
  • 25 May 2020

  • A probabilistic assessment of the Indo-Aryan Inner–Outer Hypothesis
    Chundra A. Cathcart | JHL 10:1 (2020) pp. 42–86
  • Homorganic Cluster Lengthening, Pre-Cluster Shortening and Preference-based change in Early English
    William W. Kruger | JHL 10:1 (2020) p. 87
  • From locative existential construction fi(ih) to a TMA/progressive marker : Grammaticalization of fi(ih) in Gulf Arabic Pidgin
    Yahya Abdu A. Mobarki | JHL 10:1 (2020) pp. 111–135
  • Grammaticalization of reflexivity in Basque : A corpus-based diachronic and typological analysis
    Iker Salaberri | JHL 10:1 (2020) pp. 1–41
  • Adam Ledgeway Ian Roberts (eds.). 2017. The Cambridge Handbook of Historical Syntax
    Reviewed by Cristina Sánchez López | JHL 10:1 (2020) pp. 143–152
  • Elly van Gelderen (ed.). 2016. Cyclical Change Continued
    Reviewed by Keith Tse | JHL 10:1 (2020) pp. 136–142
  • 2 March 2020

  • Diachrony of code switching stages in medieval business accounts : The Mercers’ livery company of London
    José Miguel Alcolado Carnicero | JHL 9:3 (2019) pp. 378–416
  • Morphological exceptionality and pathways of change
    Parker L. Brody | JHL 9:3 (2019) pp. 315–339
  • A privative derivational source for standard negation in Lokono (Arawakan)
    Konrad Rybka & Lev Michael | JHL 9:3 (2019) pp. 340–377
  • Carlotta Viti . 2015. Variation und Wandel in der Syntax der alten indogermanischen Sprachen
    Reviewed by Guglielmo Inglese | JHL 9:3 (2019) pp. 417–422
  • Editor’s corner
    JHL 9:3 (2019) pp. 313–314
  • Submission

    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 below for contact information.

    At the initial 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  



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    Main BIC Subject

    CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

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