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, Dr. Bernhard Forchtner, at bf79 at and we can arrange for a book copy to be sent to you.

JLP publishes its articles Online First.

Sample issue: JLP 16:2
Michał Krzyżanowski | Örebro University & University of Liverpool
Senior Editor
Ruth Wodak | Lancaster University & University Vienna
Assistant Editor
Sam Bennett | Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Book Review Editor
Bernhard Forchtner | University of Leicester
Honorary Board
Aaron V. Cicourel | San Diego, CA
Paul Chilton | Warwick
Teun A. van Dijk | Barcelona
Norman Fairclough | Lancaster
Anton Pelinka | Budapest
Deborah Tannen | Washington
Editorial Board
Peter Berglez | Jönköping
Jan Blommaert | Tilburg
Anna De Fina | Washington
Mats Ekström | Göteborg
Anita Fetzer | Augsburg
Dariusz Galasiński | Wolverhampton
Helmut Gruber | Vienna
Michael Higgins | Strathclyde
Adam Jaworski | Hong Kong
Barbara Johnstone | Pittsburgh
Majid KhosraviNik | Newcastle upon Tyne
Veronika Koller | Lancaster
Michelle M. Lazar | Singapore
David Machin | Örebro University
Tommaso M. Milani | Göteborg/Johannesburg
John Richardson | Sunshine Coast
Kay P. Richardson | Liverpool
Ian Roderick | Waterloo
Carlo Ruzza | Trento
Otto Santa Ana | Los Angeles
Hailong Tian | Tianjin
Hans-Jörg Trenz | Copenhagen
Joshua A. Tucker | New York
Cristian Vaccari | Loughborough
Scott Wright | Melbourne
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Current issue: 18:6, available as of November 2019

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Volume 18 (2019)

Volume 17 (2018)

Volume 16 (2017)

Volume 15 (2016)

Volume 14 (2015)

Volume 13 (2014)

Volume 12 (2013)

Volume 11 (2012)

Volume 10 (2011)

Volume 9 (2010)

Volume 8 (2009)

Volume 7 (2008)

Volume 6 (2007)

Volume 5 (2006)

Volume 4 (2005)

Volume 3 (2004)

Volume 2 (2003)

Volume 1 (2002)


15 January 2020

Constructing women’s “different voice”: Gendered mediation in the 2015 UK General Election
Deborah Jane Cameron and Sylvia Shaw
Gender matters in questioning presidents
Steven E. Clayman, John Heritage and Amelia M.J. Hill
Political masculinities and Brexit: Men of war
Michael Higgins
“We need to rediscover our manliness…”: The language of gender and authenticity in German right-wing populism
André Keil
A contrastive analysis of reports on North Korea’s missile program: The New York Times and China Daily
Weishan Liang
Clinton stated, Trump exclaimed!: Gendered language on Twitter during the 2016 presidential debates
Andrea McDonnell
Review of Ferrari (2018) Metaphor and Persuasion in Strategic Communication: Sustainable Perspectives
Reviewed by Carlota M. Moragas-Fernández
“You are not normal, you are against nature”: Mediated representations of far-right talk on same-sex child fostering in Greek parliamentary discourse
Marianna Patrona
Trumping Twitter: Sexism in President Trump’s tweets
Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo
Wrestling between English and Pinyin: Language politics and ideologies of coding street names in China
Guowen Shang
Why do politicians cite others in political debates?: A functional analysis of reported speech in a Japanese political debate
Masaki Shibata
Just call me Dave: David Cameron’s perilous populist status
Angela Smith
The mediated communication of gender and sexuality in contemporary politics: From equality of representation to the re-emergence of the masculine
Angela Smith and Michael Higgins

13 December 2019

Review of Roderick (2016) Critical Discourse Studies and Technology: A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture
Reviewed by Athina Karatzogianni

4 December 2019

Discursive constructions on Spanish languages: Towards overcoming the conflict framework
Esperanza Morales-López
Review of O’Brien (2018) Why Presidential Speech Locations Matter: Analyzing Speechmaking from Truman to Obama
Reviewed by Liangping Wu and Xinhua Yuan

26 November 2019

Language, immigration, and identity: An analysis of the discourses of the Finns Party
Marika K. Criss
‘Effortful’, ‘needy’ and ‘freeloader’: Constructions of unemployed people’s deservingness in Finnish parliamentary discussions
Laura Tarkiainen

19 November 2019

Metaphors in political communication: A case study of the use of deliberate metaphors in non-institutional political interviews
Pauline Heyvaert, François Randour, Jérémy Dodeigne, Julien Perrez and Min Reuchamps
Review of Neüff (2018) Words of Crisis as Words of Power: The Jeremiad in American Presidential Speeches
Reviewed by Chunrong Wang and Biyu Zeng

6 November 2019

Review of Browse (2018) Cognitive Rhetoric
Reviewed by Terry McDonough

29 October 2019

Review of Bevelander & Wodak (2019) Europe at the Crossroads: Confronting Populist, Nationalist and Global Challenges
Reviewed by Balsa Lubarda
Review of Keller, Hornidge & Schünemann (2018) The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse. Investigating the Politics of Knowledge and Meaning-making
Reviewed by Juan Roch
‘Eastern Europe’ in the English-language press in the twentieth century: The term’s different kinds of otherness
Piotr Twardzisz

22 October 2019

Review of Block (2019) Post-Truth and Political Discourse
Reviewed by Cun Zhang and Zhengjun Lin

1 October 2019

Review of Sharma (2018) Language, Gender and Ideology: Constructions of Femininity for Marriage
Reviewed by Junwei Zhu

11 September 2019

Review of Shei (2019) The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis
Reviewed by Muhammad Afzaal and Muhammad Ilyas Chishti
Review of Billig & Marinho (2017) The Politics and Rhetoric of Commemoration: How the Portuguese Parliament Celebrates the 1974 Revolution
Reviewed by Sandi Michele de Oliveira

31 July 2019

Reconciliation as a political discourse in Thailand’s current conflicts
Wichuda Satidporn and Stithorn Thananithichot

16 July 2019

Review of Kelly (2018) Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World
Reviewed by Hong Diao
Review of Hart & Kelsey (2019) Discourses of Disorder: Riots, Strikes and Protests in the Media
Reviewed by Chris Featherman
Review of Jeffries & Walker (2018) Keywords in the Press: The New Labour Years
Reviewed by Maria Fotiadou

27 June 2019

Review of Johannessen (2019) Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Politics, Policies and Practices in a Globalized Society
Reviewed by Birong Huang

25 June 2019

Review of Nilsson (2018) French Populism and Discourses on Secularism
Reviewed by Alexander Alekseev
Review of Bonnin (2019) Discourse and mental health: Voice, inequality and resistance in medical settings
Reviewed by Michelle O’Reilly

20 March 2019

Identity construction and negotiation in Chinese political discourse: A case analysis of the fire in the Daxing District
Lihua Liu

Guidelines for Contributors

1. Authors are invited to submit their contribution through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

2. Manuscript submissions should be accompanied by a biographical note (50–75 words), an abstract (100–150 words), key words, and the author(s)’ full name, address and email address.

Manuscripts should be max. 7500 words (notes, references and front/end matter included) Book reviews can be up to 2,000 words in length and should otherwise follow the same guidelines as specified above.

3. Upon acceptance the author will be requested to submit the final version of the manuscript, saved in a standard word processing format and in ASCII.

4. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, sub-sections.

5. Contributions should be in English. Spelling should be either British or American English consistently throughout. If not written by a native speaker of English it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker.

6. Line drawings (figures) and photographs (plates) should be submitted in camera-ready form or as TIFF or EPS files. They should be numbered consecutively, with appropriate captions. Reference to any Figures or Plates should be made in the main text and their desired position should be indicated.

7. Tables should be numbered consecutively and provided with appropriate captions. They should be referred to in the main text and their desired position should be indicated.

8. Quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 4 lines should be indented with a blank line above and below the quoted text.

9. Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals in parentheses and set apart from the main body of the text with a blank line above and below. Examples from languages other than Modern English should appear in italics with a translation in single quotes im- mediately below each such example. If required, a word-by-word gloss (without quotes) may be provided between the example phrase and the translation.

10. Notes should be kept to an absolute minimum. Note indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences or phrases, and follow the respective punctuation marks. Notes should preferably be submitted in the form of end notes; these will however be turned into footnotes in the publication version.

11. References

It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. This journal series uses the ‘Author-Date’ style as described in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Clahsen 1991, 252) or: as in Brown et al. (1991, 252). All references in the text should appear in the references section.
References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.
A note on capitalization in titles. For titles in English, CMS uses headline-style capitalization. In titles and subtitles, capitalize the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, some conjunctions). Do not capitalize articles; prepositions (unless used adverbially or adjectivally, or as part of a Latin expression used adverbially or adjectivally); the conjunctions and, but, for, or, nor; to as part of an infinitive; as in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text; the second part of a species name. For more details and examples, consult the Chicago Manual of Style. For any other languages, and English translations of titles given in square brackets, CMS uses sentence-style capitalization: capitalization as in normal prose, i.e., the first word in the title, the subtitle, and any proper names or other words normally given initial capitals in the language in question.



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.

Article (in journal):

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.

12. Book reviews

JLP publishes short Book notes (no more than 500 words, including references) and traditional Book reviews (1000 to 1200 words, including references).

Please note that JLP only publishes book notes/reviews which have been formally commissioned. We are unable to accept unsolicited reviews. If you would like to nominate yourself as a reviewer, please contact the journal’s Book Review Editor.

Book notes/reviews should follow the below mentioned guidelines:

In turn, book notes/reviews should avoid the following:

13. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays and extra costs at the proof stage. Page proofs will be sent to the (first) author by email in PDF format and must be corrected and returned within ten days of receipt. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author at the publisher’s discretion.

14. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

15. For editorial correspondence please contact the Executive Editor:

Michal Krzyzanowski

Örebro University
Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Media and Communication Studies
Forum Building
SE-70182 Örebro

E-mail: jlanpol.editor at

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Authors are invited to submit their contribution through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: jlanpol.editor at


Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics