Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area

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David Bradley | La Trobe University, Melbourne | at
Assistant Editor
Jo Taylor | Southern Cross University

Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area is a peer-reviewed (refereed) journal devoted to the synchronic and diachronic study of the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, the Indo-Burma region, the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas, with a special focus on the vast and ramified Tibeto-Burman family. In addition to Tibeto-Burman, articles have appeared on languages belonging to all the major linguistic families of this great expanse of Asia, including Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien, Indo-Aryan and Tai-Kadai.

LTBA was founded in 1974 and has been in continuous publication ever since, attracting contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field. The journal invites submissions of high quality papers dealing with any aspect of morphology and syntax, phonetics and phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, genetic classification, lexicography, language documentation and language maintenance. Submissions that address matters of theoretical interest richly supported by empirical data are particularly welcomed.

The journal publishes two issues per year containing original articles, book reviews, review articles, discussions, conference reports, and announcements.

ISSN: 0731-3500 | E-ISSN: 2214-5907
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Volume 47 (2024)

Volume 46 (2023)

Volume 45 (2022)

Volume 44 (2021)

Volume 43 (2020)

Volume 42 (2019)

Volume 41 (2018)

Volume 40 (2017)

Volume 39 (2016)

Volume 38 (2015)

Volume 37 (2014)

Editorial Board
Anvita Abbi | Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Shobhana L. Chelliah | Indiana University, US
Katia Chirkova | Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, EHESS, Paris
ORCID logoAlexander R. Coupe | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
ORCID logoScott DeLancey | University of Oregon, Eugene
Kristine A. Hildebrandt | Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
David Holm | National Chengchi University, Taipei
ORCID logoGuillaume Jacques | Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, EHESS, Paris
Linda Konnerth | Bern University, Switzerland
ORCID logoRandy J. LaPolla | Beijing Normal University
James A. Matisoff | University of California, Berkeley
Martine Mazaudon | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif
Boyd Michailovsky | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif
ORCID logoAlexis Michaud | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villejuif / MICA, Hanoi University of Science and Technology
ORCID logoPavel Ozerov | Innsbruck University, Austria
ORCID logoJamin Pelkey | Ryerson University, Canada
Martha Ratliff | Wayne State University
Hideo Sawada | ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
ORCID logoGraham Thurgood | California State University, Chico
Feng Wang | Peking University
Subscription Info
Current issue: 47:1, available as of May 2024
Next issue: 47:2, expected August 2024

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Volume 42 (2019) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 155.00 EUR 175.00
Volume 41 (2018) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 150.00 EUR 170.00
Volume 40 (2017) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 165.00
Volume 39 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 160.00
Volume 38 (2015) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 155.00
Volume 37 (2014) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 150.00

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Main BIC Subject

CF/2GD: Linguistics/Sino-Tibetan languages

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General