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 videotaped 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. Dissertation Abstracts can be sent to the editors (Roland Pfau and Pamela Perniss), Book Reviews to the Review Editor (Okan Kubus, sllrevieweditor at


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Rights and Permissions

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.
For more information, please consult the authors' rights page.

Open Access

For information about possibilities to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the authors' rights page.
SL&L 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.