About the Journal
The Journal of Language Evolution aims to be the venue of choice for language evolution research. Language evolution is concerned with the question of how language came to be and how it came to be the way it is today. We are therefore interested in both biological evolution and cultural evolution as well as their interaction, and in all the functional constraints that determine how these processes take place. The journal is highly interdisciplinary and covers theoretical, computational, database-driven, and experimental work emerging from linguistics, (neuro-)cognitive sciences, psychology, anthropology, biology, evolutionary theory, computer sciences, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines. Read the journal's first editorial to find out more:
by Dan Dediu and Bart de Boer
Journal of Language Evolution (2016) 1 (1)
All content in the journal will be freely available online throughout 2016 and 2017.
Call for Papers
Submissions to the journal are now open. Submissions from across the disciplines of language evolution are welcomed for the following article types:
- Research articles (3,000-8,000 words)
- Introductions and How-tos (maximum 5,000 words)
- Short reports (maximum 3,000 words)
- Target Articles and Debates (8,000-10,000 words)
- Reviews (3,000-8,000 words)
- Methodology (5,000 words)
Special issue: The Emergence of Phonetics and Phonology
Guest editor: Hannah Little
The primary goal of the special issue is to exchange the latest advances in the study of the evolution of speech. We are interested in computational and mathematical modeling, experimental studies, brain and vocal tract imaging, corpus analysis and comparative data from animal studies, especially nonhuman primates. These techniques have allowed us to address questions relevant to the evolution of our phonetic capabilities, and the special issue will aim to open an interdisciplinary discourse.
On the OUPblog: Language Evolution and Climate
One of the authors from the first issue of the Journal of Language Evolution has written a piece for the OUPblog based around the journal's first target article:
New frontiers in evolutionary linguistics
by Sean Roberts
You can read the original article, Language evolution and climate: the case of desiccation and tone, as well as a range of commentaries free online in issue 1 of the journal.
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