Sign Language & Linguistics

Sign Language & Linguistics is a peer-reviewed, international journal which aims to increase our understanding of language by providing an academic forum for researchers to discuss sign languages in the larger context of natural language, crosslinguistically and crossmodally. SLL presents studies that apply existing theoretical insights to sign language in order to further our understanding of SL; it investigates and expands our knowledge of grammar based on the study of SL and it specifically addresses the effect of modality (signed vs. spoken) on the structure of grammar.

SLL publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1387-9316 | E-ISSN 1569-996X
Sample issue: SL&L 20:1
Roland Pfau | University of Amsterdam
Pamela Perniss | Universität zu Köln
Review Editor
Okan Kubus | Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences | sllrevieweditor at
Papers from the SL Underground Editor
Ronnie B. Wilbur | Purdue University
Editorial Board
Natasha Abner | University of Michigan
Diane Brentari | University of Chicago
Karen Emmorey | San Diego State University
Vadim Kimmelman | University of Bergen
Diane Lillo-Martin | University of Connecticut, Storrs
Lara Mantovan | University Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Claude Mauk | University of Pittsburgh
Corrine Occhino | Rochester Institute of Technology
Gerardo Ortega | University of Birmingham
Carol A. Padden | University of California, San Diego
Josep Quer | ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Christian Rathmann | Humboldt Universität Berlin
Wendy Sandler | University of Haifa
Markus Steinbach | Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
Felix Y.B. Sze | Chinese University of Hong Kong
Subscription Info
Current issue: 22:2, available as of February 2020
Next issue: 23:1/2, expected November 2020, published online on 30 October 2020

General information about our electronic journals.

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All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

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Volume 24 (2021): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 278.00 EUR 312.00
Volume 23 (2020): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 278.00 EUR 312.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒22; 1998‒2019)
44 issues;
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EUR 5,159.00 EUR 5,411.00
Volume 22 (2019) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 273.00 EUR 306.00
Volume 21 (2018) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 265.00 EUR 297.00
Volume 20 (2017) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 257.00 EUR 288.00
Volume 19 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 257.00 EUR 280.00
Volume 18 (2015) 2 issues; 250 pp. EUR 234.00 EUR 248.00
Volumes 16‒17 (2013‒2014) 2 issues; avg. 250 pp. EUR 234.00 each EUR 241.00 each
Volumes 1‒15 (1998‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 250 pp. EUR 227.00 each EUR 234.00 each

Volume 23 (2020)

Volume 22 (2019)

Volume 21 (2018)

Volume 20 (2017)

Volume 19 (2016)

Volume 18 (2015)

Volume 17 (2014)

Volume 16 (2013)

Volume 15 (2012)

Volume 14 (2011)

Volume 13 (2010)

Volume 12 (2009)

Volume 11 (2008)

Volume 10 (2007)

Volume 9 (2006)

Volume 8 (2005)

Volume 7 (2004)

Volume 6 (2003)

Volume 5 (2002)

Volume 4 (2001)

Volume 3 (2000)

Volume 2 (1999)

Volume 1 (1998)

Latest articles

10 February 2020

  • Describing buoys from the perspective of discourse markers: A cross-genre study of French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB)
    Sílvia Gabarró-López | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 210–240
  • To shift or not to shift: Indexical attraction in role shift in German Sign Language
    Annika Hübl, Emar Maier & Markus Steinbach | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 171–209
  • The clausal syntax of German Sign Language: A cartographic approach
    (University of Stuttgart, 2018)
    Fabian Bross | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 267–274
  • Verb agreement in Brazilian Sign Language: Morphophonology, syntax & semantics
    (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2018)
    Guilherme Lourenço | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 275–281
  • Comprehension and production of referential expressions in German Sign Language (DGS) and Turkish Sign Language (TİD): An empirical approach
    (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 2018)
    Derya Nuhbalaoglu | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 282–290
  • Compounds in sign languages: The case of Italian and French Sign Language
    (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2018)
    Mirko Santoro | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 291–297
  • Andrea Lackner. 2017. Functions of head and body movements in Austrian Sign Language
    Reviewed by Benjamin Anible | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 298–302
  • Carolina Plaza-Pust. 2016. Bilingualism and deafness: On language contact in the bilingual acquisition of sign language and written language
    Reviewed by Agnes Villwock | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 303–311
  • Interrogative marking in Chinese Sign Language: A preliminary corpus-based investigation
    Hao Lin | SLL 22:2 (2019) pp. 241–266
  • 9 October 2019

  • General use coordination in Japanese and Japanese Sign Language
    Yuko Asada | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 44–82
  • The noun-verb distinction in Catalan Sign Language: An exo-skeletal approach
    Eulàlia Ribera-Llonc, M. Teresa Espinal & Josep Quer | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 1–43
  • Rethinking handshape: A new notation system for sign language
    Ella Wehrmeyer | SLL 22:1 (2019) p. 83
  • Gradable constructions in Italian Sign Language
    (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2017)
    Valentina Aristodemo | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 112–117
  • The feature system of handshapes and phonological processes in Shanghai Sign Language
    (East China Normal University, 2018)
    Shengyun Gu | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 118–128
  • Türk İşaret Dilinde uyum: Şablon biçimbilim açısından bir inceleme
    (Ankara University, Ankara, 2018)
    Bahtiyar Makaroğlu | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 129–139
  • Coordination and gapping in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2018)
    Giorgia Zorzi | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 140–149
  • Eleni Orfanidou, Bencie WollGary Morgan (eds.). 2015. Research methods in sign language studies: A practical guide
    Reviewed by Corrine Occhino & Lynn Hou | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 155–169
  • Anne Baker, Beppie van den Bogaerde, Roland PfauTrude Schermer (eds.). 2012. The linguistics of sign languages: An introduction
    Reviewed by Rosalee Wolfe | SLL 22:1 (2019) pp. 150–154
  • Submission

    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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    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.


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    Main BIC Subject

    CFZ: Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General