Journal of Historical Linguistics

General Editors
ORCID logoSilvia Luraghi | University of Pavia | silvia.luraghi at
ORCID logoEitan Grossman | Hebrew University of Jerusalem | eitan.grossman at
Review Editor
ORCID logoThanasis Georgakopoulos | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | athanasphil at
Associate Editors
Eleanor Coghill | Uppsala University
Bethwyn Evans | Australian National University
Johann-Mattis List | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
ORCID logoErich Round | The University of Queensland
Matthias Urban | University of Tübingen
Founding Editors
ORCID logoSilvia Luraghi | University of Pavia
ORCID logoJóhanna Barðdal | Ghent University
Eugenio R. Luján | University of Madrid Complutense
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
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Latest articles

21 February 2023

  • ‘Common nighthawk’ (Chordeiles minor) in Algonquian and Siouan languages
    Vincent Collette
  • The ups and downs of relative particles in German diachrony : On loss, grammaticalization, and standardization
    Ann-Marie Moser
  • Different functions of ‘rā’ in New Persian : A semantic map analysis
    Mohammad Rasekh-Mahand Mehdi Parizadeh
  • A diachronic analysis of Spanish alg- series and n- series items in negated clauses
    Aaron Yamada
  • 6 February 2023

  • Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal . 2020. The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity: Typology, History, Syntax and Semantics
    Reviewed by György Rákosi
  • 1 December 2022

  • Editor’s Corner
    JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 335–336
  • 22 November 2022

  • Relative construction in Hittite : A corpus-based case study in syntax-prosody interface
    Ekaterina Lyutikova Andrei Sideltsev
  • 7 November 2022

  • Robert Crellin Thomas Jügel (eds.). 2020. Perfects in IE Languages and Beyond
    Reviewed by Thanasis Giannaris | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 511–519
  • 4 November 2022

  • Bernd Heine , Gunther Kaltenböck , Tania Kuteva Haiping Long . 2021. The Rise of Discourse Markers
    Reviewed by Angeliki Alvanoudi | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 504–510
  • 26 September 2022

  • Phonological features of Caijia that are notable from a diachronic perspective
    Man Hei Lee | JHL 13:1 (2023) p. 82
  • 23 September 2022

  • Anticausatives in Classical Armenian
    Petr Kocharov
  • 21 September 2022

  • Regularity of semantic change in Romance anatomical terms
    James Law
  • Children as agents of language change : Diachronic evidence from Latin American Spanish phonology
    Israel Sanz-Sánchez María Irene Moyna
  • 16 August 2022

  • The historical dialectology of stative morphology in Zapotecan
    Rosemary G. Beam de Azcona | JHL 13:1 (2023) pp. 115–172
  • 19 July 2022

  • The negative cycle in Chinese : From synthetic to analytic and back to synthetic negation?
    Barbara Meisterernst | JHL 13:1 (2023) pp. 35–81
  • 15 July 2022

  • The emergence of conjunctions and phrasal coordination in Khanty
    Lena Borise Katalin É. Kiss
  • 14 July 2022

  • On the reconstruction of contrastive secondary palatalization in Common Slavic
    Florian Wandl Darya Kavitskaya
  • 21 June 2022

  • Diachronic developments in fricative + nasal sequences : A Tibeto-Burman case study
    Katia Chirkova Zev Handel | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 476–503
  • Erratic velars in West-Coastal Bantu : Explaining irregular sound change in Central Africa
    Sara Pacchiarotti Koen Bostoen | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 381–445
  • 31 May 2022

  • There sentences in extreme southern Italy : On the rise of a “Greek-style” pattern
    Alessandro De Angelis Giulia Bucci | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 337–380
  • 25 April 2022

  • Tracing semantic change in Portuguese : A distributional approach to adversative connectives
    Patrícia Amaral , Zuoyu Tian , Dylan Jarrett Juan Escalona Torres | JHL 13:1 (2023) pp. 1–34
  • 21 April 2022

  • The origin of dative subjects and psych predicate constructions in Japanese
    Yuko Yanagida | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 282–316
  • 8 April 2022

  • The change in the grammatical category of the copula in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic
    Geoffrey Khan | JHL 12:3 (2022) pp. 446–475
  • 14 March 2022

  • The marking of spatial relations on animate nouns in Basque : A diachronic quantitative corpus study
    Dorota Krajewska | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 241–281
  • 3 March 2022

  • Lotte Sommerer Elena Smirnova (eds.). 2020. Nodes and Networks in Diachronic Construction Grammar
    Reviewed by Tobias Ungerer | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 317–326
  • 8 February 2022

  • Asyndetic complementation and referential integration in Spanish : A diachronic probabilistic grammar account
    Giulia Mazzola , Bert Cornillie Malte Rosemeyer | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 194–240
  • 3 February 2022

  • The Neogrammarian hypothesis and pandemic irregularity : Take two
    Robert Blust | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 167–193
  • 31 January 2022

  • Reichenbach meets underspecification : A novel approach to the perfect-past-cycle in German (and elsewhere)
    Guido Seiler Thilo Weber | JHL 12:1 (2022) pp. 108–166
  • 11 January 2022

  • Margaret E. Winters . 2020. Historical Linguistics: A Cognitive Grammar Introduction
    Reviewed by Isabeau De Smet | JHL 12:2 (2022) pp. 327–333
  • 21 September 2021

  • Reviewing the history and development of aspiration in Eastern Balochi
    Ali H. Birahimani | JHL 11:3 (2021) pp. 457–498
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    Advisory Board
    ORCID logoClaire Bowern | Yale University
    Concepción Company Company | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    ORCID logoWolfgang U. Dressler | Austrian Academy of Sciences
    ORCID logoThórhallur Eythórsson | University of Iceland
    Jan Terje Faarlund | University of Oslo
    Elly van Gelderen | Arizona State University
    Dag T.T. Haug | University of Oslo
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    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
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    ORCID logoMarianne Mithun | University of California, Santa Barbara
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    Muriel Norde | Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
    ORCID logoJoseph C. Salmons | University of Wisconsin
    John Charles Smith | University of Oxford
    ORCID logoElizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
    Ans M.C. van Kemenade | Radboud University, Nijmegen
    Margaret E. Winters | Wayne State University
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    Honor Lundt | The Ohio State University
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

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