Linguistic Variation

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
Sample issue: LV 15:1
General Editor
Hedde Zeijlstra | Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Associate Editors
Tanmoy Bhattacharya | University of Delhi
Claire Halpert | University of Minnesota
Marjo van Koppen | Utrecht University
Markus A. Pöchtrager | University of Vienna
Emanuela Sanfelici | Università degli Studi di Padova
Founding Editors
Editorial Board
Sjef Barbiers | Meertens Institute
Rajesh Bhatt | University of Massachusetts
Marcel den Dikken | Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Eötvös Loránd University
Heejeong Ko | Seoul National University
Björn Köhnlein | The Ohio State University
Diane Massam | University of Toronto
Cecilia Poletto | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Mamoru Saito | Nanzan University
Wendy Sandler | University of Haifa
Luciana Storto | University of Saõ Paulo
Sergei Tatevosov | Moscow State University
Jenneke van der Wal | Universiteit Leiden
David Willis | University of Cambridge
Martina Wiltschko | University of British Columbia
Subscription Info
Current issue: 20:1, available as of March 2020
Next issue: 20:2, expected October 2020

General information about our electronic journals.

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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

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For back-volumes 1–10 see Linguistic Variation Yearbook

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 11‒19; 2011‒2019)
18 issues;
2,925 pp.
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)

Latest articles

8 September 2020

  • Locative Ps as general relators: Location, direction, DOM in Romance
    Ludovico Franco, M. Rita Manzini & Leonardo M. Savoia
  • Afrikaans circumpositions: (Mis-)matches at the syntax-interface
    Erin Pretorius
  • A minimalist approach to the syntax of p: A Romance perspective
    Cristina Real-Puigdollers
  • Prepositions with CP and their implications for extended projections
    Peter Svenonius
  • Pazar Laz as a weak verb-framed language
    Balkız Öztürk & Ömer Eren
  • 6 August 2020

  • Variation and dynamics of “complementizer agreement” in German: Analyses from the Austrian language area
    Matthias Fingerhuth & Alexandra N. Lenz
  • 16 March 2020

  • Introduction: Variation in phonology
    LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 1–2
  • 4 February 2020

  • The variation of the subjunctive II in Austria: Evidence from urban and rural analyses
    Ludwig Maximilian Breuer & Anja Wittibschlager | LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 136–171
  • 30 January 2020

  • Lexical stress variation and rhythmic alternation in Russian: A pilot study
    Anton Kukhto & Alexander Piperski | LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 33–55
  • 21 January 2020

  • Conditions on the variable interpretation of |U| in Japanese
    Phillip Backley & Kuniya Nasukawa | LV 20:1 (2020) p. 84
  • A computational model of phonotactic acquisition: Predictability of exceptional patterns in Hungarian
    Ildikó Emese Szabó | LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 3–32
  • 9 January 2020

  • Neutralisation and contrast preservation: Voicing assimilation in Hungarian three-consonant clusters
    Zsuzsanna Bárkányi & Zoltán G. Kiss | LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 56–83
  • 24 September 2019

  • On the left periphery of three languages of Northern Italy: New insights into the typology of relaxed V2
    Federica Cognola | LV 19:1 (2019) p. 82
  • Main and embedded clausal asymmetry in the history of English: Changes in assertive and non-assertive complements
    Elly van Gelderen | LV 19:1 (2019) pp. 118–140
  • What is Germanic and what is not about Old French V2
    Espen Klævik-Pettersen | LV 19:1 (2019) pp. 141–198
  • More than one way out: On the factors influencing the loss of V to C movement
    Cecilia Poletto | LV 19:1 (2019) pp. 47–81
  • Redefining the typology of V2 languages: The view from Medieval Romance and beyond
    Sam Wolfe | LV 19:1 (2019) pp. 16–46
  • A micro-perspective on Verb-second in Romance and Germanic
    Christine Meklenborg Salvesen | LV 19:1 (2019) pp. 1–15
  • 15 July 2019

  • Degree modification across categories in Afrikaans
    Robyn Berghoff, Rick Nouwen, Lisa Bylinina & Yaron McNabb | LV 20:1 (2020) pp. 102–135
  • Morphology and syntax in the Scandinavian vernaculars of Ovansiljan
    Piotr Garbacz | LV 19:2 (2019) pp. 199–231
  • 11 July 2019

  • William B. McGregorSøren Wichmann (eds.). 2018. The diachrony of classification systems
    Reviewed by Marc Tang | LV 19:2 (2019) pp. 386–392
  • 9 July 2019

  • Quantifier particle environments
    Benjamin Slade | LV 19:2 (2019) pp. 280–351
  • 4 July 2019

  • Basque question particles: Implications for a syntax of discourse particles
    Andreas Trotzke & Sergio Monforte | LV 19:2 (2019) pp. 352–385
  • Microvariation in the have yet to construction
    Matthew Tyler & Jim Wood | LV 19:2 (2019) pp. 232–279
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFK: Grammar, syntax

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General