The purpose of Sign Language & Linguistics is to increase understanding of language by providing a forum for researchers to discuss sign languages in the larger context of natural language, crosslinguistically and crossmodally. SLL seeks high quality papers exploring the challenges and contributions that the study of sign languages can offer to theoretical linguistics. Submissions are encouraged which:

a) apply existing theoretical insights to sign languages to further the understanding of SL;
b) investigate, evaluate, and expand our knowledge of grammar based on the study of SL; or
c) specifically address the effect of modality (signed vs. spoken) on the structure of grammar.

Descriptive studies should offer facts embedded in, and in relation to, a theory against which they can be interpreted. Similarly, theoretical generalizations should be supported with robust evidence; the (in)adequacies of alternative analyses should be considered. The paper should reflect the author's thorough familiarity with the existing literature, its strengths and its weaknesses. To increase the accessibility of manuscripts to the larger linguistic audience, authors are encouraged to include accompanying videorecorded examples.

Areas of linguistics covered include: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics/kinematics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and typology.


Sign Language & Linguistics offers online submission.
Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors.
If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: em-sll at
Dissertation Abstracts and Book Reviews need not be submitted through the Editorial Manager system; they can be sent to the editors via email.

Articles under consideration are double-blind peer-reviewed and decisions on all published content are made by the editors.


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