Language and Dialogue

In our post-Cartesian times human abilities are regarded as integrated and interacting abilities. Speaking, thinking, perceiving, having emotions need to be studied in interaction. Integration and interaction take place in dialogue. Scholars are called upon to go beyond reductive methods of abstraction and division and to take up the challenge of coming to terms with the complex whole. The conclusions drawn from reasoning about human behaviour in the humanities and social sciences have finally been proven by experiments in the natural sciences, especially neurology and sociobiology. What happens in the black box, can now, at least in part, be made visible.

The journal intends to be an explicitly interdisciplinary journal reaching out to any discipline dealing with human abilities on the basis of consilience or the unity of knowledge. It is the challenge of post-Cartesian science to tackle the issue of how body, mind and language are interconnected and dialogically put to action. The journal invites papers which deal with ‘language and dialogue’ as an integrated whole in different languages and cultures and in different areas: everyday, institutional and literary, in theory and in practice, in business, in court, in the media, in politics and academia. In particular the humanities and social sciences are addressed: linguistics, literary studies, pragmatics, dialogue analysis, communication and cultural studies, applied linguistics, business studies, media studies, studies of language and the law, philosophy, psychology, cognitive sciences, sociology, anthropology and others.

The journal Language and Dialogue is a peer reviewed journal and associated with the book series Dialogue Studies, edited by Edda Weigand.

Language and Dialogue publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2210-4119 | E-ISSN 2210-4127
Sample issue: LD 7:2
Edda Weigand | University of Münster, Germany | weigand at
Associate Editors
François Cooren | University of Montreal, Canada
Wolfgang Teubert | University of Birmingham, UK
Managing Editor
Răzvan Săftoiu | Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania
Review Editor
Răzvan Săftoiu | Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania
Editorial Assistant
Robert Mitchell | University of Mainz, Germany
Editorial Board
Jennifer L. Adams | DePauw University, USA
Ronald C. Arnett | Duquesne University, USA
Claudio Baraldi | University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Rukmini Bhaya Nair | Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
Marina Bondi | University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Jonathan Clifton | Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, France
Valeri Demiankov | University of Moscow, Russia
Domniţa Dumitrescu | California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Marion Grein | University of Mainz, Germany
Gu Yueguo | The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Janet Holmes | Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Marco Iacoboni | University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Istvan Kecskes | State University of New York, USA
Lorenza Mondada | University of Basel, Switzerland
Anja Müller-Wood | University of Mainz
Arto Mustajoki | University of Helsinki, Finland
Urszula Okulska | University of Warsaw
Steven Pinker | Harvard University, USA
Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Masayoshi Shibatani | Rice University, Kobe University, Japan
Alain Trognon | University of Nancy, France
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The journal welcomes submission of articles, discussion articles, review articles, book reviews, and book notices. Suggestions for special issues are also welcome.

Articles should be a maximum of 10,000 words in length, including references; discussion articles and review articles should be a maximum of 8,000 words. All articles, including discussion articles and review articles, should be accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words, and 6-8 keywords. Book reviews should be up to a maximum of 3,000 words and book notices should be about 400 words.

Papers should be submitted electronically in Word to the Editor-in-chief: weigand at or to the journal’s electronic submission system as soon as it is installed.

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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.

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.


Call for Papers

CFP “When Dialogue Fails”: Special Issue of Language and Dialogue, edited by Anja Müller-Wood
(Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)

For much of the twentieth century, “dialogue” has been a prized concept in academic and public discourse alike. Various models of social interaction and communication have been constructed, in disciplines like psychology (Vygotsky), philosophy (Merleau-Ponty, Levinas) and sociology (Bell), on dialogic principles; often – but not always – drawing on the formative ideas of Michail Bakhtin. Across the humanities and social sciences this commitment manifests itself in a focus on concepts such as alterity, interaction, intersubjectivity and relationality. Yet the cultural conflicts and aspersions by which the 21st century has been beset tell a somewhat different story. The surge of extremism across the political spectrum, the splintering of the public sphere into a patchwork of hostile tribes and the social media hysteria that kindles both, suggest that these are very undialogical times. Whether this situation is the result of a momentary lapse, or evidence that dialogic communication is intrinsically challenging, are questions that deserve to be pursued – not least because that pursuit also promises to lead to a firmer grasp of the dazzling and elusive concept of dialogue itself.

This special issue of Language and Dialogue aims to contribute to the discussion of the nature, scope and indeed the failure of dialogue by zeroing in on the following areas of interest:

Proposals are invited for articles that address these or related topics from various disciplinary angles (linguistic, literary, neurobiological, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, sociological). Please send abstracts of c. 250 words, accompanied by a brief biographical note, to Anja Müller-Wood, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (wood at by 23 December 2020. Notification of acceptance by early January 2021. The issue is scheduled for publication in January 2022.


Communication Studies

Communication Studies



Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject