Letter from the Editors

Dear Colleagues,

What do you and your students want from an online resource about language and linguistics? Up-to-date research surveys? Comprehensiveness? World-wide coverage? Research and teaching aids?

You’ll find all of these in Blackwell Publishing’s Language and Linguistics Compass. Part of Blackwell’s Compass series of online journals, Language and Linguistics Compass will provide you with the knowledge, materials and tools you need to stay ahead in teaching and research and make the most of your time.

Whether you are teaching a new course, taking your research along a new path, or just want to better understand the breadth of the field, Language and Linguistics Compass will help by providing authoritative, peer-reviewed surveys of recent scholarship.

We aim for articles long enough to be in-depth yet still accessible to the non-specialist. Language and Linguistics Compass articles won’t just review recent work – we encourage authors to take a position on current debate or controversy and to provide the bibliographic resources to allow further exploration. Our goal is to publish over 100 articles per year and to get ideas into circulation as they occur. Articles will be able to include video and audio clips, and there will be no limit on the number of illustrations in each article – including full color.

Language and Linguistics Compass will have an international Editorial Board comprised of leading scholars whose research and teaching interests cover every aspect of the journal’s scope. The journal aims to be a clearinghouse and forum for new ideas in the field of language and linguistics and to provide teachers, researchers and students with the opportunity to find new connections within the discipline to explore new areas of language and linguistics. Language and Linguistics Compass will emphasize the connections among areas that are especially valuable to teachers, students and researchers.

What can authors expect from Language and Linguistics Compass? They can count on a peer-reviewed forum with a fast publication cycle, a citable PDF format with a permanent URL and usage statistics for their article. And they can count on getting their ideas out to the community of scholars and students in ways that will guarantee maximum impact and discussion.

What will be covered? Language and Linguistics Compass will cover the full scope of language and linguistics studies, with dedicated sections on:

  • Computational and Mathematical Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Educational Language and Linguistics Teaching
  • Typology and Languages of the World
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics and Philology
  • Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis and Language Policy
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Syntax and Morphology
  • Pragmatics and Semantics
  • Clinical Linguistics and Neurolinguistics

Do you have questions or ideas for an article? Or want to get involved in this exciting project? Contact one of us.


Edwin Battistella, Editor-in-Chief (BattistE@sou.edu)

Natalie Schilling, Editor-in-Chief (ns3@georgetown.edu)