Studies in Language Variation

Peter Auer | Universität Freiburg
ORCID logoFrans L. Hinskens | Meertens Instituut & Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
ORCID logoPaul Kerswill | University of York

This book series aims to include empirical studies of linguistic variation as well as its description, explanation and interpretation in structural, social and cognitive terms. The series covers any relevant subdiscipline: sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, anthropology/anthropological linguistics.

Topics for the series include: variation as well as change at the speech community level (‘Labovian’ sociolinguistics); levelling between standard and regional varieties and between regional varieties; dialect supralocalisation – the loss of distinctiveness at the local level; dialect contact – causes; linguistic effects, such as koineisation; dialect divergence; language variation and identity; social psychology and variation; empirical basis for speech community models, e.g., standard–regional standard–dialect, and changes in these alignments; variation and change in standard varieties; varieties and social styles making use of nonstandard variants; standardization / destandardization; typological differences between related language varieties.

The series aims to include empirical studies of linguistic variation as well as its description, explanation and interpretation in structural, social and cognitive terms. The series will cover any relevant subdiscipline: sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, theory-driven approaches, anthropology/anthropological linguistics. The emphasis will be on linguistic aspects and on the interaction between linguistic and extralinguistic aspects — not on extralinguistic aspects (including language ideology, policy etc.) as such.

Work published in the series can be either relatively descriptive/data-oriented or more theory oriented (both formal and functional). Both contemporary and historical variation will be included; with respect to historical variation, the emphasis will be on processes of language change, rather than on the outcomes of such processes. Studies which convincingly combine different perspectives will be especially welcomed.

This peer reviewed series will include monographs, thematic collections of articles, and reference works in the relevant areas.

Edited by Matilde Vida-Castro and Antonio Manuel Ávila-Muñoz
2024. ix, 194 pp.
Marion Schulte
2023. xii, 172 pp.
Carlota de Benito Moreno
2022. ix, 375 pp.
Edited by Robert Bayley, Dennis R. Preston and Xiaoshi Li
2022. xx, 365 pp.
Edited by Arne Ziegler, Stefanie Edler and Georg Oberdorfer
2021. x, 280 pp.
Edited by Anna Ghimenton, Aurélie Nardy and Jean-Pierre Chevrot
2021. vi, 319 pp.
Edited by Hans Van de Velde, Nanna Haug Hilton and Remco Knooihuizen
2021. vi, 316 pp.
Edited by Massimo Cerruti and Stavroula Tsiplakou
2020. vi, 258 pp.
Edited by Renata Szczepaniak and Johanna Flick
2020. vi, 253 pp.
Edited by Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda, Francisco Díaz Montesinos, Antonio Manuel Ávila-Muñoz and Matilde Vida-Castro
2019. ix, 248 pp.
Edited by Sandra Jansen and Lucia Siebers
2019. vii, 263 pp.
Edited by Gunther De Vogelaer and Matthias Katerbow
2017. vi, 347 pp.
Edited by Isabelle Buchstaller and Beat Siebenhaar
2017. xvi, 237 pp.
Edited by Janne Bondi Johannessen † and Joseph C. Salmons
2015. vi, 418 pp.
Edited by Eivind Torgersen, Stian Hårstad, Brit Mæhlum and Unn Røyneland
2015. xiii, 240 pp.
Edited by Kurt Braunmüller, Steffen Höder and Karoline Kühl
2014. vi, 298 pp.
Edited by Chiara Celata and Silvia Calamai
2014. vi, 214 pp.
Edited by Peter Auer, Javier Caro Reina and Göz Kaufmann
2013. xiv, 296 pp.
Heike Pichler
2013. xxi, 276 pp.
Edited by Isabelle Léglise and Claudine Chamoreau
2013. vii, 264 pp.
Edited by Randall Gess, Chantal Lyche and Trudel Meisenburg
2012. vii, 397 pp.
Adrian Leemann
2012. xv, 331 pp.
Edited by Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy and Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa
2012. vii, 231 pp.
Edited by Friederike Kern and Margret Selting
2011. vi, 321 pp.
Edited by Frans Gregersen, Jeffrey K. Parrott and Pia Quist
2011. vi, 260 pp.
Edited by James A. Walker
2010. vi, 150 pp.
Edited by Stavroula Tsiplakou, Marilena Karyolemou and Pavlos Pavlou
2009. vi, 242 pp.
Britta Mondorf
2009. xi, 222 pp.
Martin Elsig
2009. xvi, 282 pp.
Edited by Terttu Nevalainen, Irma Taavitsainen, Päivi Pahta and Minna Korhonen
2008. viii, 339 pp.
Edited by Frans L. Hinskens
2006. vi, 279 pp.
Editorial Board
ORCID logoSuzanne Aalberse | Universiteit van Amsterdam
Arto Anttila | Stanford University
Gaetano Berruto | Università di Torino
Jenny Cheshire | University of London
Katie Drager | University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk | Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Jürg Fleischer | Philipps-Universität Marburg
Peter Gilles | University of Luxembourg
Brian D. Joseph | The Ohio State University
Johannes Kabatek | Universität Zürich
Pia Quist | University of Copenhagen
Anne-Catherine Simon | Université catholique de Louvain
ORCID logoSali A. Tagliamonte | University of Toronto
Øystein Alexander Vangsnes | UiT The Arctic University of Norway
ORCID logoJuan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda | Universidad de Málaga

The series welcomes submissions. Book proposals, preferably structured along the lines indicated in our Guidelines for Book Proposals, can be sent to the editors:

Peter Auer, peter.auer at
Frans L. Hinskens, frans.hinskens at
Paul Kerswill, paul.kerswill at

When you are instructed to prepare your manuscript for production, please follow the Guidelines for Manuscript Submission.