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.
All prices for print + online include postage/handling.
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|Volume 21 (2021): 2 issues; ca. 375 pp.||EUR 144.00||EUR 168.00|
|Volume 20 (2020): 2 issues; ca. 375 pp.||EUR 144.00||EUR 168.00|
Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.
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(Vols. 11‒19; 2011‒2019)
|EUR 1,113.00||EUR 1,228.00|
|Volume 19 (2019)||2 issues; 375 pp.||EUR 141.00||EUR 165.00|
|Volume 18 (2018)||2 issues; 375 pp.||EUR 137.00||EUR 160.00|
|Volume 17 (2017)||2 issues; 375 pp.||EUR 133.00||EUR 155.00|
|Volume 16 (2016)||2 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 118.00||EUR 134.00|
|Volume 15 (2015)||2 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 118.00||EUR 130.00|
|Volume 14 (2014)||2 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 118.00||EUR 126.00|
|Volume 13 (2013)||2 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 118.00||EUR 122.00|
|Volumes 11‒12 (2011‒2012)||2 issues; avg. 300 pp.||EUR 115.00 each||EUR 118.00 each|
Volume 20 (2020)
Volume 19 (2019)
Volume 18 (2018)
Volume 17 (2017)
Volume 16 (2016)
Volume 15 (2015)
Volume 14 (2014)
Volume 13 (2013)
Volume 12 (2012)
Volume 11 (2011)
8 September 2020
6 August 2020
16 March 2020
4 February 2020
30 January 2020
21 January 2020
9 January 2020
24 September 2019
15 July 2019
11 July 2019
9 July 2019
4 July 2019
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.
Variation wants novel research contributions to be quickly accessible. We we ensure that
our 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.
For the benefit of production efficiency, please follow these guidelines in the preparation of your article or book review.
If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editor:
General Editor: Hedde Zeijlstra, hzeijlsuni-goettingen.de
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Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.
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Linguistic Variation offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see our Open Access policy.