Linguistic Variation

General Editor
ORCID logoHedde Zeijlstra | Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Associate Editors
Tanmoy Bhattacharya | University of Delhi
Claire Halpert | University of Minnesota
Markus A. Pöchtrager | University of Vienna
Emanuela Sanfelici | Università degli Studi di Padova
Founding Editors

Linguistic Variation is an international, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the study of linguistic variation. It seeks to investigate to what extent the study of linguistic variation can shed light on the broader issue of language-particular versus language-universal properties, on the interaction between what is fixed and necessary on the one hand and what is variable and contingent on the other. This enterprise involves properly defining and delineating the notion of linguistic variation by identifying loci of variation. What are the variable properties of natural language and what is its invariant core?

These questions can be addressed empirically by studying closely related languages (microvariation, dialectology, sociolinguistic variation) and larger typological groups (macrovariation), as well as by looking at language change and language development. Theoretically, these questions can be addressed from the point of view of syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics.

Linguistic Variation aims to provide a forum for the discussion of these and related topics. It welcomes both empirically and theoretically oriented papers that further our understanding of linguistic variation by relating patterns of variation to the organization of the human language faculty.

Linguistic Variation publishes its articles Online First.

Volumes 1 (2001) - 10 (2010) appeared under the title Linguistic Variation Yearbook .

ISSN: 2211-6834 | E-ISSN: 2211-6842
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Volume 23 (2023)

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Volume 17 (2017)

Volume 16 (2016)

Volume 15 (2015)

Volume 14 (2014)

Volume 13 (2013)

Volume 12 (2012)

Volume 11 (2011)

Editorial Board
Sjef Barbiers | Meertens Institute
Rajesh Bhatt | University of Massachusetts
ORCID logoMarcel den Dikken | Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Eötvös Loránd University
Heejeong Ko | Seoul National University
Björn Köhnlein | The Ohio State University
ORCID logoDiane Massam | University of Toronto
Cecilia Poletto | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Mamoru Saito | Nanzan University
Wendy Sandler | University of Haifa
ORCID logoLuciana Storto | University of Saõ Paulo
Sergei Tatevosov | Moscow State University
Jenneke van der Wal | Leiden University
ORCID logoDavid Willis | University of Oxford
ORCID logoMartina Wiltschko | Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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Manuscripts should preferably be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

Linguistic Variation wants novel research contributions to be quickly accessible. We we ensure that our double-blind peer-review procedure is fast. Reviewing takes only one round; on the basis of the reviewers’ recommendation the editor will decide either for acceptance (with revisions) or rejection. Within 2-3 months after submission a decision is thus made. When the article is accepted the editor will ensure that any open issues are adequately addressed before final publication.

Generally, book reviews are commissioned by the editors. Please do not send unsolicited book review submissions. If you would like to review a book for Linguistic Variation (or would like to inquire about having your own book reviewed), please send your idea to the Book Reviews editor for consideration.

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General