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Language Documentation and Description

EL Publishing is the home of the journal Language Documentation and Description. The journal was founded in 2003, and today includes over 170 articles and representing the work of over 250 authors.

All articles are available on free, open access. You can search or browse for articles using the menu on the left, by Volume, Article, or Author or using our search page.

Language Documentation and Description includes four types of articles:

  • general research articles on the theory and practice of language documentation, language description, sociolinguistics, language policy, and language revitalisation, with a focus on minority and endangered languages
  • Language Contexts articles with detailed information on the contexts in which languages or varieties are spoken, providing social and cultural information, such as about speaker populations, social organisation, cultural aspects, linguistic ecology, multilingualism, language vitality, and language use and transmission in the community, diaspora and cyberspace. For more information see the Language Contexts page.
  • Language Snapshot articles providing compact overviews of one or more languages or varieties, with up-to-date key data on language facts and speakers, and current research activity. For more information see the Language Snapshots page.
  • book reviews

Information on submitting an article or proposal is available on the Information for authors page.