Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

Linguistic Typology

For those interested in publishing articles that discuss variation in a linguistic subfield across spoken or signed languages from either a theoretical or descriptive perspective.

Linguistic Typology is a field journal within the discipline of linguistics. The journal covers a wide range of topics related to linguistic typology and publishes studies on language variation from different perspectives. The research articles investigate aspects of the entire linguistic spectrum, with sound and grammar being more prominent than lexicon and discourse. Articles can also cover either a single language (family) or work across several languages. Most studies provide a qualitative discussion of the data rather than a large-scale quantitative analysis, which also allows for the publication of exploratory studies. That said, Linguistic Typology also publishes extensive studies with emphasis on theoretical considerations. In addition to traditional research articles, the journal also recently began accepting new types of essays, including language profiles and methodological contributions.

The journal was founded in 1997 by Frans Plank and is published by De Gruyter Mouton for the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). It is also associated with a biannual conference and has a very active community connected via a mailing list. Current debates within the field are featured in the form of short commentary articles. The discussions on the mailing list can be vigorous and often mirror opposing opinions. This part of an active dialogue is also reflected in some articles, which respond directly to the reviewers’ comments in the footnotes. Linguistic Typology seems to be an excellent journal to publish in as a junior or senior researcher in linguistics. 

Review: May 2021

Word count: Maximum of 15,000 words, inclusive of references

Issues per year: Three

Current volume number: 25

Articles per year: 7–12

Citation style: The publisher, De Gruyter Mouton, has its own journal style, available as a PDF on the journal’s submission requirements page

Abstract length (if required): 100–200 words

Upcoming special issues (if available): None

Relevant editors: Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm

Open access? The journal is “hybrid open access,” meaning that authors have the option to pay €2,000 to make their articles freely available

Online? Yes

Submission method: Online

Submission fee: None

Bibliography (articles in the journal consulted for this review)

Evseeva, N., & Salaberri, I. (2018). Grammaticalization of nouns meaning “head” into reflexive markers: A cross-linguistic study. Linguistic Typology, 22(3), 385–435.

List, J.-M., Greenhill, S. J., Anderson, C., Mayer, T., Tresoldi, T., & Forkel, R. (2018). CLICS²: An improved database of cross-linguistic colexifications assembling lexical data with the help of cross-linguistic data formats. Linguistic Typology, 22(2), 277–306.

Miestamo, M., Bakker, D., & Arppe, A. (2016). Sampling for variety. Linguistic Typology, 20(2), 233–296. 

Round, E. R., & Corbett, G. G. (2020). Comparability and measurement in typological science: The bright future for linguistics. Linguistic Typology, 24(3), 489–525. 

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on September 17, 2022 in Linguistics journals, Social Science Journals.