Historical Syntax (HS) is a new peer-reviewed open access online section of the Linguistic Society of America's flagship journal, Language.
- A first article in the new Historical Syntax section of Language has been published.
- The LSA recently held a workshop on diachronic syntax at its 2013 Summer Institute in Michigan. On this page you can find abstracts, handouts and slides for all the talks.
HS aims to present theoretically-informed papers dealing with any aspect of historical syntax, whether diachronic change or the synchronic description of historical language states. This subfield of linguistics has never in the past had its own dedicated venue for publication, but the flourishing of work in the area since the 1970s, bringing with it advances in the understanding of typical pathways of change as well as in the understanding of the relationship between syntactic theory and diachrony and in the tools of the discipline (large annotated corpora), means that such a venue is long overdue.
The open access, online-only format of the section makes it ideal for hosting articles that go beyond the limitations of print. For instance, in historical syntax, corpus queries and collections of data can be linked to from within the article, making high quality quantitative work replicable in a way that is impossible in traditional print journals, with no limit on length within reason.
- Caitlin Light, University of York (Associate Editor)
- Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge (Associate Editor)
- George Walkden, University of Manchester (Associate Editor)
- Greg Carlson, University of Rochester (Editor of Language)
- Edith Aldridge, University of Washington
- Kate Burridge, Monash University
- Lyle Campbell, University of Hawai'i
- Sonia Cyrino, University of Campinas
- Eric Haeberli, University of Geneva
- Björn Hansen, University of Regensburg
- Ritsuko Kikusawa, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
- Katalin É Kiss, RIL, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Adam Ledgeway, University of Cambridge
- Christopher Lucas, SOAS, University of London
- Victor Manfredi, Boston University
- Cecilia Poletto, University of Frankfurt
- Ann Taylor, University of York
- Joel Wallenberg, Newcastle University
- Richard Waltereit, Newcastle University
- David Willis, University of Cambridge
The section is now accepting submissions! Papers that combine philological expertise with insights from linguistic theory are particularly welcome, though no particular theory or framework will be given precedence. Read the official call for papers.
To submit a manuscript, please follow the general guidelines for contributors to Language. Manuscripts for publication should be sent to the editorial office, marked clearly as a submission for the Historical Syntax section. The editorial process for Language will be followed, with double-blind review of manuscripts by expert reviewers. The associate editors welcome inquiries about possible article topics.
In cases where submissions relate to a specific language or language family, at least one of the reviewers will be a specialist in that area whenever possible; likewise, at least one of the reviewers will normally work within the same theoretical framework as the author, even in cases of submissions in minority frameworks.
Online Publishing Details
HS is an online publication, and articles in this section will be disseminated as soon as they are ready and made available to anyone with access to Project MUSE. The articles will then be listed in the subsequent issue of Language and will be paginated in that context. After one year, everything published in Language will be made available on the LSA website to anyone, including non-members, thereby meeting "green" Open Access standards. There are also options for arranging for immediate open access. Read more about the new online sections of Language and other developments in LSA publications.
HS is the new incarnation of the Journal of Historical Syntax (JHS, 2011-2013; ISSN: 2163-6001), an eLanguage co-journal in which several articles and reviews were published. These back issues can be accessed here.
- Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2012): The role of gender in the rise of numerals as a separate category (Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen, Dominika Dziubaɫa-Szrejbrowska)
- Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2012): Review of van Kemenade & de Haas (2012), Historical Linguistics 2009 (Moreno Mitrović)
- Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2013): Functional differentiation and grammatical competition in the English Jespersen Cycle (Phillip Wallage)
- Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2013): Review of Hendery (2012), Relative Clauses in Time and Space: A Case Study in the Methods of Diachronic Typology (Na'ama Pat-El)
- Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2013): Review of Patten (2012), The English It-cleft: A constructional approach and a diachronic investigation (Matthew Reeve)
- Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2013): Case transmission beyond control and the role of Person (Christina Sevdali)
These articles were made available Open Access under a CC-BY-NC license.