Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area

Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area is a peer-reviewed (refereed) journal devoted to the synchronic and diachronic study of the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, the Indo-Burma region, the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas, with a special focus on the vast and ramified Tibeto-Burman family. In addition to Tibeto-Burman, articles have appeared on languages belonging to all the major linguistic families of this great expanse of Asia, including Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien, Indo-Aryan and Tai-Kadai.

LTBA was founded in 1974 and has been in continuous publication ever since, attracting contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field. The journal invites submissions of high quality papers dealing with any aspect of morphology and syntax, phonetics and phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, genetic classification, lexicography, language documentation and language maintenance. Submissions that address matters of theoretical interest richly supported by empirical data are particularly welcomed.

The journal publishes two issues per year containing original articles, book reviews, review articles, discussions, conference reports, and announcements.

ISSN 0731-3500 | E-ISSN 2214-5907
Sample issue: LTBA 40:1
David Bradley | La Trobe University, Melbourne | at
Assistant Editor
Jo Taylor | RMIT University, Melbourne
Editorial Board
Anvita Abbi | Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Shobhana L. Chelliah | University of North Texas
Katia Chirkova | Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, EHESS, Paris
Alexander R. Coupe | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Scott DeLancey | University of Oregon, Eugene
Kristine A. Hildebrandt | Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
David Holm | National Chengchi University, Taipei
Guillaume Jacques | Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, EHESS, Paris
Linda Konnerth | University of Cologne
Randy J. LaPolla | Beijing Normal University
James A. Matisoff | University of California, Berkeley
Martine Mazaudon | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif
Boyd Michailovsky | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif
Alexis Michaud | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif / MICA, Hanoi University of Science and Technology
Pavel Ozerov | University of Münster
Martha Ratliff | Wayne State University
Hideo Sawada | ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Graham Thurgood | California State University, Chico
Feng Wang | Peking University
Subscription Info
Current issue: 45:1, available as of June 2022
Next issue: 45:2, expected November 2022

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 46 (2023): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 158.00 EUR 183.00
Volume 45 (2022): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 158.00 EUR 179.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
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Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 37‒44; 2014‒2021)
16 issues;
2,400 pp.
EUR 1,205.00 EUR 1,333.00
Volumes 43‒44 (2020‒2021) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 158.00 each EUR 179.00 each
Volume 42 (2019) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 155.00 EUR 175.00
Volume 41 (2018) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 150.00 EUR 170.00
Volume 40 (2017) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 165.00
Volume 39 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 160.00
Volume 38 (2015) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 155.00
Volume 37 (2014) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 150.00

Volume 45 (2022)

Volume 44 (2021)

Volume 43 (2020)

Volume 42 (2019)

Volume 41 (2018)

Volume 40 (2017)

Volume 39 (2016)

Volume 38 (2015)

Volume 37 (2014)


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Main BIC Subject

CF/2GD: Linguistics/Sino-Tibetan languages

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General