Language, Culture and Society

General Editors
ORCID logoAlfonso Del Percio | University College London, UK | lcs.journal.jb1 at
ORCID logoMiguel Pérez-Milans | University College London, UK
ORCID logoCécile B. Vigouroux | Simon Fraser University, Canada
Consulting Editor
ORCID logo Li Wei | University College London, UK
Language, Culture and Society provides an international platform for cutting-edge research that advances thinking and understanding of the complex intersections of language, culture and society, with the aim of pushing traditional disciplinary boundaries through theoretical and methodological innovation. Contributors are encouraged to pay close attention to the contextualized forms of semiotic human activity upon which social conventions, categories and indexical meanings are constructed, actualized, negotiated and disputed vis-à-vis wider social, cultural, racial, economic and historical conditions. The journal is open to analysis focusing on different spatio-temporal scales; it also welcomes contributions addressing such issues through the lens of any of the analytical paradigms stemming from the sociolinguistic and anthropological study of language, discourse and communication. Exploration of new communicative contexts and practices is considered particularly valuable, and research that breaks new ground by making connections with other disciplines is highly encouraged. Thinking-aloud pieces, reactions and debates, and other alternative formats of contributions are also welcome.

Language, Culture and Society publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2543-3164 | E-ISSN: 2543-3156
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Latest articles

19 March 2024

  • Please take her as your wife : Mediatizing indigenous Ainu in the Japanese anime, Golden Kamuy
    Rika Ito
  • 1 March 2024

  • Algorithmic power and scientific knowledge
    Inês Signorini | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 231–245
  • Manufacturing Academic Knowledge
    Alfonso Del Percio Cécile B. Vigouroux | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 157–166
  • 22 February 2024

  • ‘But we’re among peers!’ : French academic journals’ editors as reading subjects
    Thomas Veret | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 199–211
  • 13 February 2024

  • Seeking access. Applied ethnopoetic analysis : Gate keeping or a gateway to poetry as knowing
    Áine McAllister | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 212–230
  • 29 January 2024

  • The copycat paradigm : Italian “Class‑A” journals and the paradoxes of excellence
    Aurora Donzelli | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 182–198
  • 22 January 2024

  • (Im)possible change : Criticality and constraints in the infrastructures of the academic knowledge economy
    Josep Soler , Iker Erdocia Kristof Savski | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 167–181
  • 5 October 2023

  • Editorial
    LCS 5:1 (2023) pp. 1–8
  • 24 August 2023

  • Negotiating identities in stories of anti-Chinese racism during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Anastasia Stavridou , Haiyan Huang , Kim Schoofs , Stephanie Schnurr Dorien Van De Mieroop | LCS 5:1 (2023) pp. 43–72
  • 22 August 2023

  • Modern ancient Chinese : A discursive construction of Hanfu identity across spatiotemporal scales
    Yan Jia | LCS 5:2 (2023) pp. 246–268
  • Granola Nazis and the great reset : Enregistering, circulating and regimenting nature on the far right
    Catherine Tebaldi | LCS 5:1 (2023) p. 9
  • 18 August 2023

  • Researching ideologies : Politics of content creation in language textbooks produced in Iran
    Mojtaba Soleimani Karizmeh Naseh Nasrollahi Shahri | LCS 5:1 (2023) pp. 73–93
  • 27 July 2023

  • Lived experiences of coloniality in third space : From colonial to contemporary lusophone migration into Luxembourg
    Bernardino Tavares Aleida Vieira | LCS 5:1 (2023) pp. 121–155
  • 12 May 2023

  • Boundaries of belonging : Language and Swedishness in contemporary Swedish fiction
    Natalia Ganuza Maria Rydell | LCS 5:1 (2023) p. 94
  • 20 December 2022

  • Editorial
    LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 93–97
  • 2 December 2022

  • Chronotopes of war and dread in pandemic times
    Sabina M. Perrino | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 242–263
  • “This is China’s Wailing Wall” : Chronotopes and the configuration of Li Wenliang on Weibo
    Sonya E. Pritzker Tony Hu | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 110–135
  • 29 November 2022

  • (Re)chronotopizing the pandemic : Migrant domestic workers’ calls for social change
    Lydia Catedral | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 136–161
  • 25 November 2022

  • Stance-taking towards chronotopes as a window into people’s reactions to societal crises : Balcony performances in Italy’s lockdown
    Anna De Fina | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 218–241
  • Memes from confinement : Disorientation and hindsight projection in the crisis of COVID-19
    David Divita | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 162–188
  • Chronotopic resolution, embodied subjectivity, and collective learning : A sociolinguistic theory of survival
    Farzad Karimzad Lydia Catedral | LCS 4:2 (2022) pp. 189–217
  • Chronotopes and the COVID-19 pandemic
    Anna De Fina Sabina M. Perrino | LCS 4:2 (2022) p. 98
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    Advisory Board
    ORCID logoAna Deumert | University of Cape Town, South Africa
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    ORCID logoAlexandra Georgakopoulou | King's College, London, UK
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    Biber, D., & Conrad, S. (2009). Register, genre, and style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Leech, G. (2004). Meaning and the English verb (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

    Journal Articles

    Matthiessen, C. (2015). Register in the round: Registerial cartography. Functional Linguistics,  2(9), 1-48.

    Szmrecsanyi, B., Biber, D., Egbert, J., & Franco, K. (2016). Towards more accountability: Modeling ternary genitive variation in Late Modern English. Language Variation and  Change, 28(1), 1-29.

    Book Chapters

    Ferguson, C. (1994). Dialect, register, and genre: Working assumptions about conventionalization. In D. Biber & E. Finegan (Eds.), Sociolinguistic perspectives on  register (pp. 15-30). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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    Main BIC Subject

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