Languages in Contrast | International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics

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ORCID logoKristel Van Goethem | F.R.S.-FNRS, UCLouvain | kristel.vangoethem at
Gudrun Vanderbauwhede | University of Mons | gudrun.vanderbauwhede at

Languages in Contrast publishes contrastive studies of two or more languages. Any aspect of language may be covered, including vocabulary, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, text and discourse, stylistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Languages in Contrast welcomes interdisciplinary studies, such as those that make links between contrastive linguistics and translation, lexicography, corpus linguistics, language teaching and learning, genre studies and cultural studies. However, the main emphasis of each study should be on the comparison of languages.

Languages in Contrast provides a home for contrastive linguistics. It enables advocates of different theoretical linguistic frameworks to publish in a single publication to the benefit of all involved in contrastive research.

Languages in Contrast provides a forum to explore the empirical and theoretical status of the field; stimulates research into a wide range of languages; and helps to consolidate and develop the field of contrastive linguistics.

Languages in Contrast publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 1387-6759 | E-ISSN: 1569-9897
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Latest articles

14 May 2024

  • A contrastive analysis of (-)ish in English and Swedish blogs
    Karin Aijmer
  • 7 May 2024

  • Reflexivity patterns in West-Slavic languages : Between introversion, extroversion, and mutuality
    Martina Ivanová
  • 16 February 2024

  • Structural and semantic features of adjectives across languages and registers
    Signe Oksefjell Ebeling | LIC 24:1 (2024) pp. 57–83
  • Simple and complex help constructions in English and Norwegian : A contrastive study
    Thomas Egan | LIC 24:1 (2024) p. 84
  • Concessive subordination in English and Norwegian
    Hilde Hasselgård | LIC 24:1 (2024) pp. 109–132
  • Cross-linguistic Dependency Length Minimization in scientific language : Syntactic complexity reduction in English and German in the Late Modern period
    Marie-Pauline Krielke | LIC 24:1 (2024) pp. 133–163
  • English complex premodifiers and their German and Swedish correspondences : The case of hyphenated premodifiers in a non‑fiction corpus
    Magnus Levin Jenny Ström Herold | LIC 24:1 (2024) p. 5
  • The Spanish subjunctive mood and its English correspondences : A case for complexity across languages
    Noelia Ramón Rosa Rabadán | LIC 24:1 (2024) pp. 33–56
  • Comparing crosslinguistic complexity
    Jenny Ström Herold Magnus Levin | LIC 24:1 (2024) pp. 1–4
  • 1 February 2024

  • The intricate construction of projection in news reports : A contrastive English/Spanish account
    Jorge Arús-Hita
  • A contrastive analysis of English deverbal -er synthetic compounds and their Italian equivalents
    Elisa Mattiello
  • 24 November 2023

  • Verbs of perception and evidentiality in English/French translation
    Daniel Henkel | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 161–198
  • 21 November 2023

  • Fluidic motion patterns in English and Modern Greek : A contrastive analysis of run and τρέχω
    Thomai Dalpanagioti
  • 3 November 2023

  • Straddling the divide between contrastive and translation studies
    Adriano Ferraresi Silvia Bernardini | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 121–132
  • 10 October 2023

  • Functional hybridity in translation : A multifactorial perspective on the English gerund in the language pairs English-German and English-Dutch
    Charlotte Maekelberghe Isabelle Delaere | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 252–275
  • 5 October 2023

  • The Gravitational Pull Hypothesis and imperfective/perfective aspect in Catalan translation
    Josep Marco Borillo Gemma Peña Martínez | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 226–251
  • 2 October 2023

  • On similative demonstratives in Czech and English : Evidence from corpora
    Markéta Janebová Michaela Martinková | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 133–160
  • Translating emotions : A corpus-based study of the conceptualization of ANGER in German-Spanish translation
    Ulrike Oster | LIC 23:2 (2023) pp. 199–225
  • 29 September 2023

  • The fate of ‘pseudo-’ words : A contrastive corpus-based analysis
    Kristel Van Goethem , Muriel Norde Francesca Masini
  • 22 September 2023

  • Intermediate perfects : A comparison of Dutch, Catalan and Breton
    Eric Corre , Henriëtte de Swart Teresa M. Xiqués
  • 27 January 2023

  • How did you break that? Semantic boundaries of Italian and English action verbs encoding breaking events
    Caterina Cacioli Paola Vernillo | LIC 23:1 (2023) p. 93
  • IssuesOnline-first articles

    Volume 24 (2024)

    Volume 23 (2023)

    Volume 22 (2022)

    Volume 21 (2021)

    Volume 20 (2020)

    Volume 19 (2019)

    Volume 18 (2018)

    Volume 17 (2017)

    Volume 16 (2016)

    Volume 15 (2015)

    Volume 14 (2014)

    Volume 13 (2013)

    Volume 12 (2012)

    Volume 11 (2011)

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    Volume 6 (2006)

    Volume 5 (2004/2005)

    Volume 4 (2002/2003)

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    Volume 2 (1999)

    Volume 1 (1998)

    Editorial Assistant
    Manon Hermann | UCLouvain, University of Namur and University of Antwerp | manon.hermann at
    Editorial Board
    ORCID logoKarin Aijmer | Göteborg University, Sweden
    ORCID logoSilvia Bernardini | University of Bologna at Forlì, Italy
    ORCID logoBarbara De Cock | UCLouvain, Belgium
    ORCID logoJames Dickins | University of Leeds, UK
    Signe Oksefjell Ebeling | University of Oslo, Norway
    Thomas Egan | Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
    ORCID logoMirjam Fried | Charles University, Czechia
    Giannoula Giannoulopoulou | University of Athens, Greece
    ORCID logoMaría de los Ángeles Gómez González | University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    ORCID logoHilde Hasselgård | University of Oslo, Norway
    ORCID logoEkaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski | Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
    ORCID logoPeter Lauwers | Ghent University, Belgium
    ORCID logoMarie-Aude Lefer | UCLouvain, Belgium
    ORCID logoDiana M. Lewis | Aix-Marseille University, France
    ORCID logoJosep Marco | University Jaume I Castellon, Spain
    ORCID logoElke Teich | Saarland University, Germany
    Radoslava Trnavac | University of Belgrade, Serbia
    ORCID logoWai Lan Tsang | University of Hong Kong, China
    ORCID logoÅke Viberg | Uppsala University, Sweden
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    1. To be of interest to the journal, contributions must have a clear contrastive focus (comparing two or more languages) and present new insights and/or results based on solid empirical research.
    2. Manuscripts to be considered for standard issues of the journal can be submitted at any time.
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    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General