Journal of Historical Linguistics

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General Editors
ORCID logoSilvia Luraghi | University of Pavia | silvia.luraghi at
ORCID logoEitan Grossman | Hebrew University of Jerusalem | eitan.grossman at
ORCID logoGuglielmo Inglese | University of Turin | guglielmo.inglese at
Review Editor
ORCID logoThanasis Georgakopoulos | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | athanasphil at
Associate Editors
Eleanor Coghill | Uppsala University
Bethwyn Evans | Australian National University
Johann-Mattis List | University of Passau
ORCID logoVeronica Orqueda | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
ORCID logoErich Round | The University of Queensland
Matthias Urban | CNRS – Dynamique du langage
Founding Editors
ORCID logoSilvia Luraghi | University of Pavia
ORCID logoJóhanna Barðdal | Ghent University
Eugenio R. Luján | University of Madrid Complutense

The Journal of Historical Linguistics aims to publish, after peer-review, papers that make a significant contribution to the theory and/or methodology of historical linguistics. Papers dealing with any language or language family are welcome. Papers should have a diachronic orientation and should offer new perspectives, refine existing methodologies, or challenge received wisdom, on the basis of careful analysis of extant historical data. We are especially keen to publish work which links historical linguistics to corpus-based research, linguistic typology, language variation, language contact, or the study of language and cognition, all of which constitute a major source of methodological renewal for the discipline and shed light on aspects of language change. Contributions in areas such as diachronic corpus linguistics or diachronic typology are therefore particularly welcome.

The Journal of Historical Linguistics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2210-2116 | E-ISSN: 2210-2124
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Latest articles

3 June 2024

  • Variant patterns of sibilant debuccalization in Camuno : Phonetic implications of Eastern Lombard s > h for sound change typology
    Juliette Blevins Michela Cresci
  • 21 May 2024

  • Gorani substrate within Kurdish : Evidence from southern dialects of Central Kurdish
    Masoud Mohammadirad
  • 13 May 2024

  • Visual perception verbs in Old Anatolian Turkish
    Zeynep Erk Emeksiz Julian Rentzsch
  • 12 March 2024

  • Diachronic pathways to case marking alignment and what they mean for the explanation of synchronic cross-linguistic patterns
    Sonia Cristofaro | JHL 14:1 (2024) pp. 142–177
  • 6 February 2024

  • The diachronic emergence of alignment cross‑linguistically : Theoretical and empirical perspectives
    Sonia Cristofaro Guglielmo Inglese | JHL 14:1 (2024) pp. 58–65
  • 18 December 2023

  • Calibrated weighted permutation test detects ancient language connections in the Circumpolar area (Chukotian-Nivkh and Yukaghir-Samoyedic)
    Alexei S. Kassian , George Starostin , Mikhail Zhivlov Sergey A. Spirin
  • 13 November 2023

  • Lexico-semantic stability in the anatomical domain in the Mayan language family
    David F. Mora-Marín , Megan Fletcher Elizabeth Gorman
  • Yael Reshef . 2020. Historical Continuity in the Emergence of Modern Hebrew
    Reviewed by Einat Gonen
  • 30 October 2023

  • Nina Tahmasebi , Lars Borin , Adam Jatowt , Yang Xu Simon Hengchen (eds.). 2021. Computational Approaches to Semantic Change
    Reviewed by Christin Beck | JHL 14:2 (2024) pp. 376–384
  • 18 September 2023

  • Balancing social determinism vs. sound change : The case of Fang
    Roslyn Burns
  • 28 August 2023

  • On the traces of “apples”, “plums”, and “pears” : Investigating a wanderword in ancient and modern Near Eastern languages
    Marwan Kilani
  • 21 August 2023

  • Old English perspectives on the complement shift : Toward the desententialisation of self-manipulative verbs
    Ana Elvira Ojanguren López
  • 17 August 2023

  • Individual variation and frequency change in Early Modern Spanish : Alignment and intra-speaker (in)stability in a corpus of 18th century ego-documents
    José Luis Blas Arroyo
  • Development of the word order of the reflexive enclitic sě/se dependent on a finite verb in Czech translations of the Gospel of Matthew from the 14th to the 21st century
    Radek Čech , Pavel Kosek , Olga Navrátilová Ján Mačutek
  • 15 August 2023

  • Alignment variations in the diachrony of Basque : The case of periphrastic constructions
    Céline Mounole | JHL 14:1 (2024) pp. 108–141
  • 27 June 2023

  • The spread of participial clauses in Biblical Greek : Semitic interference and multilingualism
    Edoardo Nardi
  • 30 May 2023

  • The tonal morphology of the potential in Coatec Zapotec (Di′zhke′) : Implications for early Zapotecan tone, *ʔ, and verb classes through internal and comparative reconstruction
    Rosemary G. Beam de Azcona | JHL 14:2 (2024) pp. 179–241
  • 23 May 2023

  • Vowel shifts in Middle Wichi (Mataguayan family, South America)
    Verónica Nercesian Nicolás Arellano | JHL 14:2 (2024) pp. 242–303
  • 16 May 2023

  • From oblique to core case in the Southern Min languages : The role of topic in the emergence of optional object marking in Sinitic
    Hilary Chappell | JHL 14:1 (2024) p. 66
  • 25 April 2023

  • Construct types in language change
    Stefan Schneider | JHL 14:2 (2024) pp. 304–334
  • 30 March 2023

  • Polarity reversal constructions and counterfactuals in Ancient Greek : Between implicature and conventionalization
    Ezra la Roi | JHL 14:2 (2024) pp. 335–375
  • 21 February 2023

  • ‘Common nighthawk’ (Chordeiles minor) in Algonquian and Siouan languages
    Vincent Collette | JHL 13:3 (2023) pp. 488–517
  • The ups and downs of relative particles in German diachrony : On loss, grammaticalization, and standardization
    Ann-Marie Moser | JHL 13:3 (2023) pp. 461–487
  • Different functions of ‘rā’ in New Persian : A semantic map analysis
    Mohammad Rasekh-Mahand Mehdi Parizadeh | JHL 14:1 (2024) pp. 31–57
  • A diachronic analysis of Spanish alg- series and n- series items in negated clauses
    Aaron Yamada | JHL 14:1 (2024) pp. 1–30
  • 6 February 2023

  • Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal . 2020. The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity: Typology, History, Syntax and Semantics
    Reviewed by György Rákosi | JHL 13:3 (2023) pp. 518–526
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    Advisory Board
    ORCID logoClaire Bowern | Yale University
    Concepción Company Company | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    ORCID logoWolfgang U. Dressler | Austrian Academy of Sciences
    ORCID logoThórhallur Eythórsson | University of Iceland
    Jan Terje Faarlund | University of Oslo
    Elly van Gelderen | Arizona State University
    Dag T.T. Haug | University of Oslo
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    Willem B. Hollmann | Lancaster University
    Paul J. Hopper | Carnegie Mellon University
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    Ans M.C. van Kemenade | Radboud University, Nijmegen
    Margaret E. Winters | Wayne State University
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative