Languages in Contrast | International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics

Languages in Contrast publishes contrastive studies of two or more languages. Any aspect of language may be covered, including vocabulary, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, text and discourse, stylistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Languages in Contrast welcomes interdisciplinary studies, such as those that make links between contrastive linguistics and translation, lexicography, corpus linguistics, language teaching and learning, genre studies and cultural studies. However, the main emphasis of each study should be on the comparison of languages.

Languages in Contrast provides a home for contrastive linguistics. It enables advocates of different theoretical linguistic frameworks to publish in a single publication to the benefit of all involved in contrastive research.

Languages in Contrast provides a forum to explore the empirical and theoretical status of the field; stimulates research into a wide range of languages; and helps to consolidate and develop the field of contrastive linguistics.

Languages in Contrast publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1387-6759 | E-ISSN 1569-9897
Sample issue: LiC 17:1
Marie-Aude Lefer | UCLouvain, Belgium
Barbara De Cock | UCLouvain, Belgium
Editorial Assistant
Laura A. de S. Penha-Marion | UCLouvain, Belgium
Editorial Board
Karin Aijmer | Göteborg University, Sweden
Silvia Bernardini | University of Bologna at Forlì, Italy
Bart Defrancq | Ghent University, Belgium
James Dickins | University of Leeds, UK
Signe Oksefjell Ebeling | University of Oslo, Norway
Thomas Egan | Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Giannoula Giannoulopoulou | University of Athens, Greece
María de los Ángeles Gómez González | University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Sylviane Granger | UCLouvain, Belgium
Hilde Hasselgård | University of Oslo, Norway
Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski | Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Diana M. Lewis | Aix-Marseille Université, France
Markéta Malá | Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Josep Marco | University Jaume I Castellon, Spain
Rosa Rabadán | University of León, Spain
Ljiljana Šarić | University of Oslo, Norway
Elke Teich | Saarland University, Germany
Wai Lan Tsang | University of Hong Kong, China
Åke Viberg | Uppsala University, Sweden
Weiwei Zhang | Shanghai International Studies University, China
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Latest articles

27 August 2021

  • Contact-induced grammatical change? The case of proper name compounding in English, German, and Dutch
    Eva Kosmata & Barbara Schlücker
  • 20 July 2021

  • Engaging with customer’s emotions : A case study in English-Spanish online food advertising
    María Pérez Blanco & Marlén Izquierdo
  • 21 May 2021

  • A questionnaire-based study of impersonalization in Romanian and English : With special attention to passivization
    Valentin Rădulescu & Daniël Van Olmen
  • 20 April 2021

  • Paraphrase and parallel treebank for the comparison of French and Chinese syntax
    Rafaël Poiret , Simon Mille & Haitao Liu | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 298–322
  • Michalis Georgiafentis , Giannoula Giannoulopoulou , Maria Koloipoulou Angeliki Tsokoglou (eds). 2020. Contrastive Studies in Morphology and Syntax
    Reviewed by Nicholas Catasso
  • 15 February 2021

  • On nonce echo constructions expressing disapproval and annoyance : A contrastive analysis of colloquial phrases in English and Spanish
    José A. Sánchez Fajardo | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 275–297
  • 2 February 2021

  • Vocative melodies in Spanish and English : A cross-linguistic analysis
    Sergio Robles-Puente | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 250–274
  • 12 January 2021

  • Modelling crosslinguistic n‑gram correspondence in typologically different languages
    Jiří Milička , Václav Cvrček & Lucie Lukešová | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 217–249
  • 11 December 2020

  • Mapping Eurolects : An aggregate perspective on similarities between legislative varieties
    Laura Mori & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 186–216
  • 27 October 2020

  • “I guess anyone would do that wouldn’t they?” : How do native speakers of Norwegian and English hedge in informal conversations?
    Stine Hulleberg Johansen | LIC 21:2 (2021) pp. 163–185
  • 6 October 2020

  • Questions in English and Swedish fiction texts : A study based on parallel and comparable corpus data
    Karin Axelsson | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 235–262
  • Placement patterns of English and French conjunctive adjuncts of contrast : The impact of register
    Maïté Dupont | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 263–287
  • Corpus-based contrastive studies : Beginnings, developments and directions
    Hilde Hasselgård | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 184–208
  • Differences in the lexical variation of reporting verbs in French, English and Czech fiction and their impact on translation
    Olga Nádvorníková | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 209–234
  • Dialogue vs. narrative in fiction : A cross-linguistic comparison
    Signe Oksefjell Ebeling & Jarle Ebeling | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 288–313
  • Introduction : A two-pronged approach to corpus-based crosslinguistic studies
    Sylviane Granger & Marie-Aude Lefer | LIC 20:2 (2020) pp. 167–183
  • 19 August 2020

  • The copular subschema [become/devenir + past participle] in English and French : Productivity and degrees of passivity
    Niek Van Wettere | LIC 21:1 (2021) pp. 112–137
  • 18 August 2020

  • Denominal verb formation in English and Modern Greek
    Nikos Koutsoukos | LIC 21:1 (2021) pp. 138–161
  • 8 May 2020

  • Temperaments, tempers, and temporality : Constructions reveal how speakers of French and English conceptualize human properties
    Bert Cappelle , Vassil Mostrov & Fayssal Tayalati | LIC 21:1 (2021) p. 82
  • Guidelines

    On first submission, the manuscript does not require any specific formatting as long as it is clear and consistent. Once a submission is accepted for publication, authors must make sure the final version adheres strictly to the LiC stylesheet.

    Please observe the following guidelines:

    1. To be of interest to the journal, contributions must have a clear contrastive focus (comparing two or more languages) and present new insights and/or results based on solid empirical research.
    2. Manuscripts to be considered for standard issues of the journal can be submitted at any time.
    3. Papers as well as reviews should be written in English.
    4. Write concisely and lucidly. Authors who are not proficient writers of English should consider having their article checked by a native speaker expert in the field.
    5. Non-English examples must be glossed or explained.
    6. The journal takes into consideration only original work that has not appeared (or been submitted) elsewhere. This is a strict requirement for publication, and authors are responsible for ensuring that this is the case when submitting their manuscript for review.
    7. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting and reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in LiC is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.
    8. The recommended length for submissions is between approximately 5,000 and 8,000 words (including abstract, examples, references, appendices if any, etc.).
    9. An abstract of between 100 and 200 words and up to five keywords are required with each submission.
    10. In initial submissions any common and consistent system for bibliographical references can be used. It is essential that submissions are sufficiently clear and well-structured to be read comfortably by referees, and that any bibliographical references are easy to trace.
    11. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.
    12. The editors will decide whether a submission should be subject to full external peer review. Decisions about publication will be made by the editors following peer review. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript before submitting.
    13. The corresponding author will receive electronic page proofs in PDF format for final correction. Proofs must be returned with corrections by the dates indicated in the publication schedule, and authors should keep a copy for reference. Any alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.
    14. Authors of articles as well as reviews will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their contribution appears plus an offprint in PDF format.
    15. Guest Editors wishing to propose a special issue of the journal contact the editors, Marie-Aude Lefer and Barbara De Cock, at languages-in-contrast at
    16. For further information please contact editorial assistant Laura Aguiar at languages-in-contrast at 





    Languages in Contrast offers online submission.

    Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors.

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: languages-in-contrast at


    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General