Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

The Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (JPCL) aims to provide a forum for the scholarly study of pidgins, creoles, and other contact language varieties, from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The journal places special emphasis on current research devoted to empirical description, theoretical issues, and the broader implications of the study of contact languages for theories of language acquisition and change, and for linguistic theory in general. The editors also encourage contributions that explore the application of linguistic research to language planning, education, and social reform, as well as studies that examine the role of contact languages in the social life and culture, including the literature, of their communities.

The journal has a companion series of books, the Contact Language Library , formerly Creole Language Library.

ISSN 0920-9034 | E-ISSN 1569-9870
Sample issue: JPCL 32:1
Donald Winford | The Ohio State University
Associate Editors
Anthony P. Grant | Edge Hill University
John H. McWhorter | Columbia University
Bettina Migge | University College Dublin
Associate Editor Emeritus
Armin Schwegler | University of California, Irvine
Honorary Editor
Glenn Gilbert | Southern Illinois University, Emeritus
Editorial Assistant
Nandi Sims | The Ohio State University
Editorial Board
Peter Bakker | Aarhus University
Zhiming Bao | National University of Singapore
Marlyse Baptista | University of Michigan
Alan N. Baxter | Universidade Federal da Bahia
J. Clancy Clements | Indiana University
Viviane Déprez | Rutgers University
Dagmar Deuber | Universität Münster
Bart Jacobs | Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Michelle Kennedy | The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
John M. Lipski | The Pennsylvania State University
Victor Manfredi | Boston University
Charles C. Mann | Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Stephen Matthews | The University of Hong Kong
Felicity Meakins | University of Queensland
Jonathan Owens | University of Bayreuth
Ingo Plag | Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Paul T. Roberge | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Stellenbosch University
Jeff Siegel | University of New England, Australia
Eeva Sippola | University of Helsinki
Editorial Advisory Committee
Eric A. Anchimbe | Universität Bayreuth
Margot van den Berg | University of Utrecht
Anne-Marie Brousseau | University of Toronto
Ana Deumert | University of Cape Town
Nicholas Faraclas | University of Puerto Rico
Tjerk Hagemeijer | Universidade de Lisboa
Fabiola Henri | University of Kentucky
Alain Kihm | Université Paris-Diderot & CNRS
Philipp Krämer | Universität Berli
Marivic Lesho | Franklin University, Columbus Ohio
Stefano Manfredi | Campus CNRS de Villejuif
Susanne Maria Michaelis | Universität Leipzig
Unn Gyda Næss | Norwegian Defence University College
Mikael Parkvall | Stockholms universitet
Aaliya Rajah-Carrim | Open University of Mauritius
Eric Louis Russell | University of California, Davis
Sandro Sessarego | University of Texas at Austin
Devyani Sharma | Queen Mary College, University of London
Karin Speedy | The University of Adelaide
Kofi Yakpo | Hong Kong University
Viveka Velupillai | Universität Giessen
Subscription Info
Current issue: 36:1, available as of March 2021
Next issue: 36:2, expected November 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

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All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

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Volume 37 (2022): 2 issues; ca. 400 pp. EUR 340.00 EUR 394.00
Volume 36 (2021): 2 issues; ca. 400 pp. EUR 340.00 EUR 394.00

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Available back-volumes

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(Vols. 1‒35; 1986‒2020)
70 issues;
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EUR 10,193.00 EUR 10,725.00
Volume 35 (2020) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 340.00 EUR 394.00
Volume 34 (2019) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 333.00 EUR 386.00
Volume 33 (2018) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 323.00 EUR 375.00
Volume 32 (2017) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 364.00
Volume 31 (2016) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 353.00
Volume 30 (2015) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 343.00
Volume 29 (2014) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 333.00
Volume 28 (2013) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 323.00
Volumes 9‒27 (1994‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 400 pp. EUR 305.00 each EUR 314.00 each
Volumes 1‒8 (1986‒1993) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 229.00 each EUR 236.00 each

Volume 36 (2021)

Volume 35 (2020)

Volume 34 (2019)

Volume 33 (2018)

Volume 32 (2017)

Volume 31 (2016)

Volume 30 (2015)

Volume 29 (2014)

Volume 28 (2013)

Volume 27 (2012)

Volume 26 (2011)

Volume 25 (2010)

Volume 24 (2009)

Volume 23 (2008)

Volume 22 (2007)

Volume 21 (2006)

Volume 20 (2005)

Volume 19 (2004)

Volume 18 (2003)

Volume 17 (2002)

Volume 16 (2001)

Volume 15 (2000)

Volume 14 (1999)

Volume 13 (1998)

Volume 12 (1997)

Volume 11 (1996)

Volume 10 (1995)

Volume 9 (1994)

Volume 8 (1993)

Volume 7 (1992)

Volume 6 (1991)

Volume 5 (1990)

Volume 4 (1989)

Volume 3 (1988)

Volume 2 (1987)

Volume 1 (1986)


Contributions in line with the aim and scope of the journal are welcomed from all countries.

Authors wishing to submit a contribution for publication in JPCL are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site . Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

Manuscripts, for articles only, are reviewed anonymously by at least two competent scholars. 
The only constraint on the length of articles is that they should be no longer than they need be. Authors must write concisely, avoiding excessive numbers of examples.
Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published, or is not being considered for publication elsewhere. If an author is publishing a related article elsewhere, this fact should be stated.

Short Notes are encouraged where the point can be made very briefly. They must be less than 1500 words (including references and endnotes) and should be identified as a Short Note, but they may also have a title of their own. We especially encourage Short Notes that are an elaboration of articles already published, as well as of the regular column that appears in the journal. These are not peer reviewed, a fact which will be stated.

Book Reviews and Books for Review. We will normally invite reviews, but unsolicited reviews may be accepted. Unusually long, in-depth reviews are classified as review articles. The editors reserve the right to ask for revisions of reviews, or in rare cases, to decline to print a review altogether. Reviews should be written in English, and should normally be under 1500 words.

The editors reserve the right to introduce minor cuts and to amend the phrasing and punctuation in all items accepted for publication. Authors are requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them.


Before submitting, please consult these Guidelines.

Open Access

For information about possibilities to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the authors' rights page.

JPCL offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see our Open Access policy.


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Editorial contact information

Editors:   Review editor:
Bettina Migge Anthony Grant John McWhorter
bettinamigge at granta at jm3156 at


Main BIC Subject

CF/2ZP: Linguistics/Pidgins & Creoles

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General