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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 170 articles produced by over 150 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 two 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
  • articles in the series Language Contexts which document the contexts in which one or more languages or varieties are spoken, providing social and cultural information that complements other linguistically-focused sources (such as Ethnologue or Glottolog). These articles include information 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.

Articles are normally about 7,000-8,000 words in length, although we also occasionally publish longer works (up to 12,000 words) of particular significance. Articles of all types that incorporate multi-modal content (audio, video, images, interactivity) are especially encouraged. Information for authors about how to submit an article for review is available on the Information for authors page.