Linguistic Variation

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General Editor
ORCID logoHedde Zeijlstra | Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Associate Editors
Tanmoy Bhattacharya | University of Delhi
Claire Halpert | University of Minnesota
Markus A. Pöchtrager | University of Vienna
Emanuela Sanfelici | Università degli Studi di Padova
Founding Editors

Linguistic Variation is an international, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the study of linguistic variation. It seeks to investigate to what extent the study of linguistic variation can shed light on the broader issue of language-particular versus language-universal properties, on the interaction between what is fixed and necessary on the one hand and what is variable and contingent on the other. This enterprise involves properly defining and delineating the notion of linguistic variation by identifying loci of variation. What are the variable properties of natural language and what is its invariant core?

These questions can be addressed empirically by studying closely related languages (microvariation, dialectology, sociolinguistic variation) and larger typological groups (macrovariation), as well as by looking at language change and language development. Theoretically, these questions can be addressed from the point of view of syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics.

Linguistic Variation aims to provide a forum for the discussion of these and related topics. It welcomes both empirically and theoretically oriented papers that further our understanding of linguistic variation by relating patterns of variation to the organization of the human language faculty.

Linguistic Variation publishes its articles Online First.

Volumes 1 (2001) - 10 (2010) appeared under the title Linguistic Variation Yearbook .

ISSN: 2211-6834 | E-ISSN: 2211-6842
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Latest articles

27 May 2024

  • Dimensions of partitivity in Icelandic (and beyond)
    Alexander Pfaff
  • 17 May 2024

  • Emergence of differential object marking in Asia Minor Greek : A computational approach to language change
    Ümit Atlamaz Metin Bagriacik
  • Deriving Ewe (Tongugbe) nyá-constructions
    Selikem Gotah
  • Methods for studying variation in partitives
    Petra Sleeman
  • 29 April 2024

  • Passive without morphology : A case for implicit arguments
    Abdul-Razak Sulemana
  • 25 March 2024

  • Tap/trill variation and change across generations of Spanish-Creole bilinguals in San Andrés, Colombia
    Falcon Restrepo-Ramos
  • Microvariation in verbal rather
    Jim Wood
  • 22 March 2024

  • Variation in the use of the partitive pronoun ER in regional (Heerlen) standard Dutch
    Leonie Cornips Petra Sleeman
  • 12 March 2024

  • No-Reversal Constraint and beyond : Word-internal language mixing in Anatolia
    Faruk Akkuş
  • 4 March 2024

  • Multifunctionality and contextual realization : A case study in Yixing Chinese
    Xuhui Hu J. Joseph Perry
  • 21 February 2024

  • Same yet different : Distributional differences in the use of partitive objects in Estonian and Finnish
    Ilmari Ivaska Anne Tamm
  • 12 January 2024

  • Indeterminate pronouns in Kaqchikel
    Philip T. Duncan , Harold Torrence Pedro Mateo Pedro | LV 24:1 (2024) pp. 116–163
  • 9 January 2024

  • Bare nouns, indefinite articles and partitivity in an Early New High German cookbook
    Elvira Glaser
  • 11 July 2023

  • Ian Roberts (ed.). 2017; 2021. The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar
    Reviewed by Yanxiao Ma | LV 23:2 (2023) pp. 379–383
  • 4 July 2023

  • Missing and not found : What adjectival agreement reveals about determinerless headlines in Dutch and German
    Anikó Lipták Rint Sybesma | LV 24:1 (2024) p. 77
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    Volume 11 (2011)

    Editorial Board
    Sjef Barbiers | Meertens Institute
    Rajesh Bhatt | University of Massachusetts
    ORCID logoMarcel den Dikken | Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Eötvös Loránd University
    Heejeong Ko | Seoul National University
    Björn Köhnlein | The Ohio State University
    ORCID logoDiane Massam | University of Toronto
    Cecilia Poletto | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    Mamoru Saito | Nanzan University
    Wendy Sandler | University of Haifa
    ORCID logoLuciana Storto | University of Saõ Paulo
    Sergei Tatevosov | Moscow State University
    Jenneke van der Wal | Leiden University
    ORCID logoDavid Willis | University of Oxford
    ORCID logoMartina Wiltschko | Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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    Linguistic Variation wants novel research contributions to be quickly accessible. We we ensure that our double-blind peer-review procedure is fast. Reviewing takes only one round; on the basis of the reviewers’ recommendation the editor will decide either for acceptance (with revisions) or rejection. Within 2-3 months after submission a decision is thus made. When the article is accepted the editor will ensure that any open issues are adequately addressed before final publication.

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    Main BIC Subject

    CFK: Grammar, syntax

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General