Journal of Language and Politics

The Journal of Language and Politics (JLP) represents an interdisciplinary and critical forum for analysing and discussing the various dimensions in the interplay between language and politics. It locates at the intersection of several social science disciplines including communication and media research, linguistics, discourse studies, political science, political sociology or political psychology. It focuses mainly on the empirically-founded research on the role of language and wider communication in all social processes and dynamics that can be deemed as political. Its focus is therefore not limited to the ’institutional’ field of politics or to the traditional channels of political communication but extends to a wide range of social fields, actions and media (incl. traditional and online) where political and politicised ideas are linguistically and discursively constructed and communicated.

Articles submitted to JLP should bring together social theory, sociological concepts, political theories, and in-depth, empirical, communication- and language-oriented analysis. They have to be problem-oriented and rely on well-informed contemporary as well as historical contextualisation of the analysed social and political dynamics. Methodologies can be qualitative, quantitative or mixed, but must in any case be systematic and anchored in relevant social science disciplines. They may focus on various dimensions of political communication in general and of political language/discourse in particular.

JLP welcomes review papers of any research monograph or edited volume which takes a critical and analytical approach to the study of language and politics, as broadly conceived above. If you are interested in reviewing any recent, relevant text please email the JLP Reviews Editor at Franco.Zappettini at and we can arrange for a book copy to be sent to you.

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ISSN 1569-2159 | E-ISSN 1569-9862
Sample issue: JLP 16:2
ORCID logoMichał Krzyżanowski | Uppsala University
ORCID logoBernhard Forchtner | University of Leicester
ORCID logoRuth Wodak | Lancaster University & University of Vienna
Assistant Editor
ORCID logoSamuel Bennett | Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Review Editor
ORCID logoFranco Zappettini | University of Liverpool
Honorary Board
ORCID logoJan Blommaert † | Tilburg University
Paul Chilton | University of Warwick
ORCID logoTeun A. van Dijk | Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Norman Fairclough | Lancaster University
ORCID logoPhilip Schlesinger | University of Glasgow
ORCID logoDeborah Tannen | Georgetown University
Editorial Board
ORCID logoFrank Austermühl | Nottingham Trent University
ORCID logoPeter Berglez | Jönköping University
ORCID logoCarmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard | The University of Birmingham
ORCID logoNico Carpentier | Charles University Prague
ORCID logoBenjamin De Cleen | Free University Brussels
ORCID logoAnna De Fina | Georgetown University
ORCID logoMats Ekström | University of Göteborg
ORCID logoAnita Fetzer | University of Augsburg
ORCID logoRichard Fitzgerald | University of Macau
ORCID logoDariusz Galasiński | University of Wrocław
ORCID logoPhilip Graham | University of the Sunshine Coast
ORCID logoHelmut Gruber | University of Vienna
ORCID logoSimona Guerra | University of Surrey
ORCID logoMichael Higgins | Strathclyde University
Changpeng Huan | Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ORCID logoAdam Jaworski | University of Hong Kong
ORCID logoMajid KhosraviNik | Newcastle University
ORCID logoVeronika Koller | Lancaster University
Michelle M. Lazar | National University of Singapore
ORCID logoDavid Machin | Zhejiang University
ORCID logoTommaso M. Milani | University of Göteborg
ORCID logoMing Liu | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Benjamin Moffitt | Australian Catholic University
ORCID logoLorenza Mondada | University of Basel
Kay L. O’Halloran | University of Liverpool
ORCID logoAntonio Reyes | Washington & Lee University
ORCID logoJohn Richardson | University of the Sunshine Coast
ORCID logoKay P. Richardson | University of Liverpool
ORCID logoIan Roderick | Wilfrid Laurier University
ORCID logoPatrícia Rossini | University of Glasgow
ORCID logoCarlo Ruzza | University of Trento
ORCID logoOtto Santa Ana | University of California, Los Angeles
Hailong Tian | China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Hans-Jörg Trenz | Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze
ORCID logoAnna Triandafyllidou | Ryerson University
ORCID logoCristian Vaccari | Loughborough University
ORCID logoGuofeng Wang | Shanghai Normal University
ORCID logoScott Wright | Bournemouth University
Tomasz Zarycki | University of Warsaw
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Latest articles

20 December 2022

  • M. Cristina Caimotto Rachele Raus . 2023. Lifestyle Politics in Translation: The Shaping and Re-shaping of Ideological Discourse
    Reviewed by Jing Bu Qi Lyu
  • 16 December 2022

  • Simon Statham . 2022. Critical discourse analysis: A practical introduction to power in language
    Reviewed by Yuchen Li Yao Wang
  • 29 November 2022

  • Critical junctures beyond the black box : Crisis and the political contestation of time
    Blake Ewing Félix Krawatzek | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 22–45
  • 22 November 2022

  • Amy H. Liu . 2021. The Language of Political Incorporation: Chinese Migrants in Europe
    Reviewed by Jiping Sun
  • 10 November 2022

  • The representation of migrant identities in UK Government documents about Brexit : A corpus-assisted analysis
    Tamsin Parnell | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 46–65
  • 8 November 2022

  • Serbian Progressive Party’s shameless normalization of expressing sycophancy toward the leader
    Ljerka Jeftić
  • Interpersonal-function topoi in Chinese central government’s work report (2020) as epidemic (counter-)crisis discourse
    Jiayu Wang Mingfeng Yang
  • 4 November 2022

  • Visions of the good future : Temporal comparisons and ideological modalities of time in Swedish election campaigns, 1988–2018
    Anna Friberg
  • Multimodality as civic participation : The case of Thailand’s rap against dictatorship
    Freek Olaf de Groot Andrew Jocuns | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 107–128
  • 1 November 2022

  • Legitimation in revolutionary discourse : A critical examination of the discourse of Jerry John Rawlings
    John Ganaah , Mark Nartey Aditi Bhatia | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 66–86
  • Revealing China’s diplomatic narratives of the Belt and Road Initiative
    Yuan Jiang | JLP 22:1 (2023) p. 87
  • 21 October 2022

  • Eden Sum-hung Li , Percy Luen-tim Lui Andy Ka-chun Fung . 2020. Systemic functional political discourse: A text-based study
    Reviewed by Wenliang Chen Lijuan Du
  • Wojciech Wachowski Karen Sullivan . 2022. Metonymies and Metaphors for Death Around the World
    Reviewed by Fang Zhu
  • 17 October 2022

  • News on fake news : Logics of media discourses on disinformation
    Johan Farkas | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 1–21
  • 30 September 2022

  • Collective identity construction in the covid-19 crisis : A multimodal discourse-historical approach
    Cun Zhang , Guiling Liu Shuang Zhang | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 890–918
  • 29 September 2022

  • Gender, language, and representation in the United States Senate
    Leah Windsor , Sara McLaughlin Mitchell , Tracy Osborn , Bryce Dietrich Andrew J. Hampton | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 919–943
  • 19 July 2022

  • Innocent Chiluwa (ed.). 2021. Discourse and Conflict: Analysing Text and Talk of Conflict, Hate and Peace-building
    Reviewed by Le Cheng Xiaofang Chen
  • 15 July 2022

  • Teun A. van Dijk . 2021. Antiracist Discourse in Brazil: From Abolition to Affirmative Action
    Reviewed by Dimitris Serafis | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 129–132
  • 3 June 2022

  • Language and culture wars : The far right’s struggle against gender-neutral language
    Iker Erdocia | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 847–866
  • “First forced displacements, then slaughter” : Discursive regulations of nature by the state and Sami in a Swedish TV documentary
    Kirill Filimonov Nico Carpentier | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 827–846
  • 24 May 2022

  • Laura Filardo-Llamas , Esperanza Morales-López Alan Floyd (eds.). 2021. Discursive Approaches to Sociopolitical Polarization and Conflict
    Reviewed by Yushun Yang
  • 10 May 2022

  • Alice Leal . 2021. English and Translation in the European Union: Unity and Multiplicity in the Wake of Brexit
    Reviewed by Miao Hao | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 141–143
  • 15 April 2022

  • Ullmann Stefanie . 2021. Discourses of the Arab revolutions in media and politics
    Reviewed by Yi Li Dan Huang | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 133–136
  • Stuart Price Ben Harbisher (eds.). 2021. Power, Media, and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Framing Public Discourse
    Reviewed by Yunyou Wang | JLP 22:1 (2023) pp. 137–140
  • 5 April 2022

  • Jef Verschueren . 2021. Complicity in Discourse and Practice
    Reviewed by Guodong Jiang Yingying Zheng | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 955–958
  • 14 March 2022

  • Framing the political conflict discourse in Chinese media : A case study of Sino-US trade dispute
    Lili Zhu | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 867–889
  • 11 March 2022

  • Populating ‘solidarity’ in political debate : Interrelational strategies of persuasion within the European Parliament in the aftermath of the Brexit
    Hanna Rautajoki Richard Fitzgerald | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 763–784
  • 9 March 2022

  • Policy discourse in times of crisis : Debating educational policy in Portugal in the years of austerity
    Maria Álvares | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 742–762
  • 2 March 2022

  • Politician, activist… or hero? Rebel Narratives from Spanish 15-M movement
    Joaquín Galindo-Ramírez , Germán Jaraíz-Arroyo Macarena Hernández-Ramírez | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 721–741
  • From more to less ‘Civil’ borderline discourses in mainstream media and government : Reflections on Turkey since 2002
    Lyndon Way İrem İnceoğlu | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 801–826
  • 24 February 2022

  • Temporal agency of social movements : A semio-chronotopic analysis of the Floyd protests
    Rania Magdi Fawzy | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 697–720
  • Utopia, war, and justice : The discursive construction of the state in ISIS’ political communications
    Tara Mooney Gareth Price | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 675–696
  • 11 February 2022

  • ‘If you see [blank], say [blank]’ : From something to /something/
    Maria Barrera-Vilert | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 613–635
  • Jonathan Charteris-Black . 2020. Metaphors of Coronavirus
    Reviewed by Emily Faux | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 948–951
  • 7 February 2022

  • Widening the North/South Divide? Representations of the role of the EU during the Covid-19 crisis in Spanish media : A case study
    Laura Filardo-Llamas Cristina Perales-García | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 233–254
  • Taking the left way out of Europe : Labour party’s strategic, ideological and ambivalent de/legitimation of Brexit
    Franco Zappettini | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 320–343
  • 4 February 2022

  • Paul Baker , Rachelle Vessey Tony McEnery . 2021. The Language of Violent Jihad
    Reviewed by Xiaoli Fu | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 944–947
  • 2 February 2022

  • Reimagining Europe and its (dis)integration : (De)legitimising the EU’s project in times of crisis
    Franco Zappettini Samuel Bennett | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 191–207
  • 1 February 2022

  • Return migrants from the United States to Mexico : Constructing alternative notions of citizenship through acts of (linguistic) citizenship
    Mónica L. Jacobo Suárez , Colette I. Despagne Guadalupe Chávez | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 567–588
  • Alastair Pennycook . 2021. Critical Applied Linguistics: A Critical Reintroduction
    Reviewed by Ke Li Shukang Li | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 797–800
  • 31 January 2022

  • Fighting talk : The use of the conceptual metaphor climate change is conflict in the UK Houses of Parliament, 2015–2019
    John S. G. Currie Ben Clarke | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 589–612
  • 26 January 2022

  • Mythopoetic legitimation and the recontextualisation of Europe’s foundational myth
    Samuel Bennett | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 370–389
  • De/legitimising EUrope through the performance of crises : The far-right Alternative for Germany on “climate hysteria” and “corona hysteria”
    Bernhard Forchtner Özgür Özvatan | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 208–232
  • The delegitimisation of Europe in a pro-European country : ‘Sovereignism’ and populism in the political discourse of Matteo Salvini’s Lega
    Marzia Maccaferri George Newth | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 277–299
  • Sailing to Ithaka : The transmutation of Greek left-populism in discourses about the European Union
    Dimitris Serafis , E. Dimitris Kitis Stavros Assimakopoulos | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 344–369
  • Ofer Feldman . 2020. The Rhetoric of Political Leadership: Logic, and Emotion in Public Discourse
    Reviewed by Neda Salahshour | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 793–796
  • 21 January 2022

  • Attack of the critics : Metaphorical delegitimisation in Viktor Orbán’s discourse during the Covid-19 pandemic
    Lilla Petronella Szabó Gabriella Szabó | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 255–276
  • 11 January 2022

  • “We” in the EU: (De) legitimizing power relations and status . The case of the 2019 European elections in Romania
    Camelia Beciu Mirela Lazăr | JLP 21:2 (2022) pp. 300–319
  • 20 December 2021

  • Natalia Knoblock (ed.). 2020. Language of Conflict: Discourses of the Ukrainian Crisis
    Reviewed by Tingting Hu | JLP 21:3 (2022) pp. 505–508
  • 14 December 2021

  • “These are not just slogans” : Assertions of friendship between states
    Zohar Kampf , Gadi Heimann Lee Aldar | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 653–674
  • Ruth Wodak Bernhard Forchtner (eds.). 2021. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics
    Reviewed by Georgi Asatryan | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 789–792
  • 6 December 2021

  • Theresa Catalano Linda R. Waugh (eds.). 2020. Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies and Beyond
    Reviewed by Junfang Mu Lixin Zhang | JLP 21:5 (2022) pp. 785–788
  • Adnan Ajšić . 2021. Language and Ethnonationalism in Contemporary West Central Balkans: A Corpus-based Approach
    Reviewed by Zhonghua Wu Le Cheng | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 648–652
  • 4 November 2021

  • Rodney H. Jones (ed.). 2021. Viral Discourse
    Reviewed by Tingting Hu | JLP 21:6 (2022) pp. 952–954
  • 18 October 2021

  • When in parliamentary debate there is no debate : Argumentation strategies during Catalonia’s 2017 referendum
    Gema Rubio-Carbonero Núria Franco-Guillén | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 544–566
  • 13 October 2021

  • The rise of the new Polish far-right : An analysis of Grzegorz Braun’s discursive strategies
    Marcin Kosman | JLP 21:3 (2022) pp. 484–504
  • 5 October 2021

  • “We shall not flag or fail, we shall go on to the end” : Hashtag activism in Hong Kong protests
    Aditi Bhatia Andrew S. Ross | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 117–142
  • The politics of fear in Hong Kong protest representations : A corpus-assisted discourse study
    Ming Liu Jingxue Ma | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 37–59
  • Angela Zottola . 2021. Transgender Identities in the Press: A Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis
    Reviewed by Xinglong Wang | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 644–647
  • 29 September 2021

  • “It is in the nation-state that democracy resides” : How the populist radical right discursively manipulates the concept of democracy in the EU parliamentary elections
    Alexander Alekseev | JLP 21:3 (2022) pp. 459–483
  • Attitudinal stance towards the anti-extradition bill movement in China Daily and South China Morning Post : A corpus-assisted comparative analysis
    Xiuling Cao , Danqi Zhang Qianjun Luo | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 60–80
  • Integrating CDA with ideological rhetorical criticism in the investigation of Abe Cabinet’s discursive construction in “Indo-Pacific Strategy”
    Weiqi Tian , Hongmei Chai Lin Lu | JLP 21:3 (2022) pp. 435–458
  • Britain as a protector, a mediator or an onlooker? Examining the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests in British newspapers
    Guofeng Wang | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 17–36
  • An introduction to the special issue on “Language, Politics and Media: The Hong Kong protests”
    Ming Liu Guofeng Wang | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 1–16
  • 22 September 2021

  • Media portrayals of the Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement’s social actors : Multilevel and critical discourse analysis
    Janet Ho Ming Ming Chiu | JLP 21:1 (2022) p. 81
  • Metalinguistic tactics in the Hong Kong protest movement
    Rodney H. Jones Dennis Chau | JLP 21:1 (2022) pp. 143–172
  • Right-wing populist media events in Schengen Europe : The negotiated border discourse in-between nation states
    Christian Lamour | JLP 21:4 (2022) pp. 521–543
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    Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Article (in book):

    Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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    Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

    Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.

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    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

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