Studies in Language

Studies in Language (SL) provides a forum for the discussion of issues in contemporary linguistics, with a particular focus on empirically well-grounded research in the functionalist tradition that recognizes the diversity and variability of human languages and of communication patterns, the historical dynamics of languages, and the embedding of language in both social practices and cognition.

Studies in Language provides for three sections and types of contributions:

Regular articles: Regular articles are expected to adopt a cross-linguistic or comparative perspective and to advance our understanding of human language as such, in terms of state-of-the-art theories, methods, and analytical models or frameworks. Regular articles on one individual language are published only to the extent that they make a contribution of general interest.

News from the Field: SL welcomes short contributions that report on new discoveries in little-known or endangered languages, emphasizing description over theory and comparison. Contributions to this special section typically derive from original fieldwork and are expected to provide concise and well-substantiated analyses of linguistic phenomena that have not been noticed so far and for which the wider theoretical implications have yet to be established.

Discussions: SL publishes short position papers that outline or take issue with general visions of the field or address current developments. Contributions to this section may lead to response articles in the same or in a subsequent issue and one (very short) reply by the original contributor.

All submissions are subject to double-blind reviewing.

SL publishes its articles Online First.

Studies in Language introduces a new special section that will appear at irregular intervals:
News from the field: We invite short contributions that report on new discoveries in little-known and/or endangered languages, emphasizing description over theory. Contributions will typically derive from original fieldwork and are expected to provide concise and well-substantiated analyses of linguistic phenomena that have not been noticed much in general or in the relevant family or area, but for which the wider theoretical and comparative implications cannot be established yet. Submissions will be refereed like regular articles.

Studies in Language now offers online submission.

ISSN 0378-4177 | E-ISSN 1569-9978
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/sl
Sample issue: SL 41:1
Board
Managing Editors
Katharina Haude | CNRS-SEDYL, Villejuif
Lindsay J. Whaley | Dartmouth College
Associate Editors
I Wayan Arka | The Australian National University
Peter M. Arkadiev | Russian Academy of Sciences
Eleanor Coghill | Uppsala University
Denis Creissels | Lumière University Lyon 2
Jeff Good | University of Buffalo
Tom Güldemann | Humboldt University Berlin
Martin Haspelmath | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Daniel Hole | University of Stuttgart
Shoichi Iwasaki | University of California, Los Angeles
Sun-Ah Jun | University of California, Los Angeles
Marianne Mithun | University of California, Santa Barbara
Doris L. Payne | University of Oregon
Editorial Board
Nicholas Evans | Australian National University
Consulting Editorial Board
Greville G. Corbett | University of Surrey
Bernd Heine | University of Cologne
Nikolaus P. Himmelmann | University of Cologne
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm | Stockholm University
Ekkehard König | Free University Berlin/Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg
Edith A. Moravcsik | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Johanna Nichols | University of California, Berkeley
Subscription Info
Current issue: 46:2, available as of June 2022
Next issue: 46:3, expected August 2022, published online on 9 August 2022

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Volume 10 (1986)

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Volume 8 (1984)

Volume 7 (1983)

Volume 6 (1982)

Volume 5 (1981)

Volume 4 (1980)

Volume 3 (1979)

Volume 2 (1978)

Volume 1 (1977)

Latest articles

12 July 2022

  • Verbal number in Idi
    Dineke Schokkin
  • 11 July 2022

  • Language simplification in endangered languages? Inflectional categories of nouns and verbs in Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl and Wymysorys
    Alexander Andrason , John Sullivan Justyna Olko
  • 7 June 2022

  • Spatial prepositions min and ʕan in Traditional Negev Arabic
    Roni Henkin Letizia Cerqueglini
  • 23 May 2022

  • Nominal reduplication in cross-linguistic perspective : From plurality to change of referents’ specificity
    Simone Mattiola Alessandra Barotto
  • 28 April 2022

  • The ‘general fact’ copula in Yolmo and the influence of Tamang
    Lauren Gawne Thomas Owen-Smith
  • 11 April 2022

  • On the status of information structure markers : Evidence from North-Western Siberian languages
    Chris Lasse Däbritz
  • 16 March 2022

  • Manner of motion in Estonian : A descriptive account of speed
    Piia Taremaa Anetta Kopecka
  • 14 March 2022

  • Cross-linguistic patterns in the lexicalisation of bring and take
    Anna Margetts , Katharina Haude , Nikolaus P. Himmelmann , Dagmar Jung , Sonja Riesberg , Stefan Schnell , Frank Seifart , Harriet Sheppard Claudia Wegener
  • 14 February 2022

  • Concessive conditionals beyond Europe : A typological survey
    Tom Bossuyt
  • Possessive inflection in Chichimec inalienable nouns : The morphological organization of a closed irregular class
    Borja Herce
  • From syntax to morphology : Noun-incorporation in Chinese
    Yong Wang
  • 7 February 2022

  • Periphrastic causative in West Circassian
    Paul Phelan
  • 31 January 2022

  • Nominal determination in Moroccan Arabic
    Utz Maas Stephan Procházka
  • 21 January 2022

  • Derivation predicting inflection : A quantitative study of the relation between derivational history and inflectional behavior in Latin
    Olivier Bonami Matteo Pellegrini
  • 19 January 2022

  • Weather expressions in Basque : A typological perspective
    Iñigo Arteatx Xabier Artiagoitia | SL 46:3 (2022) pp. 718–751
  • 9 December 2021

  • A cross-linguistic study of emphatic negative coordination
    Iker Salaberri | SL 46:3 (2022) pp. 647–717
  • 1 December 2021

  • Conjunctions and clause linkage in Australian languages : A typological study
    Ellison Luk Jean-Christophe Verstraete | SL 46:3 (2022) pp. 594–646
  • 15 November 2021

  • Through space, relations, and thoughts : The system of postpositions in Karijona (Cariban, Amazonia)
    David Felipe Guerrero-Beltran Katarzyna I. Wojtylak | SL 46:3 (2022) pp. 559–593
  • 10 November 2021

  • Creating versatility in Thai demonstratives
    Shoichi Iwasaki Parada Dechapratumwan | SL 46:3 (2022) pp. 517–558
  • 5 November 2021

  • Postverbal negation : Typology, diachrony, areality
    Olga Krasnoukhova , Johan van der Auwera Mily Crevels | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 499–519
  • 27 October 2021

  • Innovating postverbal negation in North Africa
    Mena B. Lafkioui | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 651–683
  • 27 September 2021

  • Predicting voice choice in symmetrical voice languages : All the things that do not work in Totoli
    Sonja Riesberg , Maria Bardají i Farré , Kurt Malcher Nikolaus P. Himmelmann | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 453–516
  • 14 September 2021

  • SAY-complementizers and indexical shift in Poshkart Chuvash : With emphasis on communicative reception reports
    Mikhail Knyazev | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 402–452
  • 27 August 2021

  • Synchrony and diachrony of postverbal negation in Jodï-Sáliban
    Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 621–650
  • 25 August 2021

  • Clause-final negative particles in varieties of Swedish : Distribution, grammatical properties, and possible etymologies
    Henrik Rosenkvist | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 598–620
  • 24 August 2021

  • Variation in negation in Seto
    Liina Lindström , Maarja-Liisa Pilvik Helen Plado | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 557–597
  • Stories behind post-verbal negation clustering
    Marianne Mithun | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 684–706
  • 6 August 2021

  • On order and prohibition
    Daniël Van Olmen | SL 45:3 (2021) pp. 520–556
  • 26 July 2021

  • Paradigmatic consequences of the suffixing preference
    Thomas Berg | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 376–401
  • 16 July 2021

  • A typology of Goal-Source marking in transfer events
    Seppo Kittilä | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 352–375
  • 13 July 2021

  • Stability and change in the colour lexicon of the Japonic languages
    John L. A. Huisman , Roeland van Hout Asifa Majid | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 323–351
  • 8 June 2021

  • The missing link between truth and intensification
    Ruti Bardenstein Mira Ariel | SL 46:2 (2022) pp. 285–322
  • 25 May 2021

  • Grammaticalization and phonological reidentification in White Hmong
    Nathan M. White | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 258–284
  • 21 May 2021

  • The development of locative relative markers : From typology to sociolinguistics (and back)
    Silvia Ballarè Guglielmo Inglese | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 220–257
  • A phonological investigation of Sanzari Boro
    Ratul Mahela Sweta Sinha | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 201–219
  • Quantifying clause chains in Nungon texts
    Hannah S. Sarvasy | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 161–200
  • 12 April 2021

  • Against trivializing language description (and comparison)
    Nikolaus P. Himmelmann | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 133–160
  • 25 March 2021

  • Non-culmination in two Bantu languages
    Bastian Persohn | SL 46:1 (2022) p. 76
  • 23 February 2021

  • Beyond nominal tense : Temporality, aspect, and relevance in Tariana noun phrases
    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald | SL 46:1 (2022) pp. 40–75
  • Submission

    Studies in Language offers online submission .

    General

    Studies in Language invites contributions in all areas of linguistics, with special reference for morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, and discourse. For all contributions, the priority of a typological and cross-linguistic perspective is high: articles on one language only are welcome if of interest to the generalist/universalist. Likewise, interdisciplinary studies are welcome to the extent that they have the same perspective.

    Contributions should be in the English language only. Articles previously published or under consideration by another journal cannot be accepted.

    Submission

    Preferably, manuscripts should be submitted online. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper. For specifics such as typing format, illustrations and tables, references, glosses etc. please consult the SL style sheet on this website.

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact (one of) the editors:

    Katharina Haude   Lindsay J. Whaley
    Managing Editor   Managing Editor
    CNRS   Program in Linguistics
    SeDyl / CELIA   Dartmouth College
    F-94801 VILLEJUIF CEDEX   Parkhurst 102
    France   HANOVER, NH 03766

      USA
    katharina.haude at cnrs.fr   lindsay.j.whaley at dartmouth.edu

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    Corresponding authors from institutions with which John Benjamins has a Read & Publish arrangement can publish Open Access without paying a fee; information on the institutions and which articles qualify, can be found on this page.

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    Subjects

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General