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Journal of African Languages and Linguistics

Edited by: Felix K. Ameka and Azeb Amha
Your benefits:
  • High-impact forum in African linguistics
  • Original contributions on all aspects of African language studies
  • Theoretical and data-driven approach
  • High quality peer-review

The Journal of African Languages and Linguistics was founded in 1979 and has established itself as an important refereed forum for publications in African linguistics. The Journal of African Languages and Linguistics welcomes original contributions on all aspects of African language studies, synchronic as well as diachronic, theoretical as well as data-oriented. The journal further contains a list of recently published books on African languages and linguistics, which many libraries find to be of use for the acquisition of books. The Journal of African Languages and Linguistics is a peer-reviewed journal of international scope.

  • Any topic within African languages and linguistics studies

Article formats
Research articles, Book reviews

Contributors should submit their manuscripts prepared following the guidelines in the Instructions for authors. The manuscripts should be submitted per e-mail to jall@hum.leidenuniv.nl

> Information on submission process

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The Journal of African Languages and Linguistics was founded in 1979.

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Supplementary Materials

All contributions, as well as books for review, and all correspondence concerning editorial matters are to be sent to Dr. Felix Ameka.

Your benefits of publishing with us

  • Rapid online ahead-of publication with short turnaround times
  • High quality manuscript processing
  • Accepted papers will be published online first as DOI-citable, forward-linked articles for quickest possible visibility for the scientific community
  • Every article easily discoverable because of SEO and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
Submission process
  • Submission of your paper
  • Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
  • Decision on your paper (10 weeks from submission to first decision)
  • If accepted your paper will be published with immediate open access
  • Publication online and in print (8 weeks from acceptance to publication)
Please note We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Felix K. Ameka
African Languages and Cultures
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
e-mail: F.K.Ameka@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Azeb Amha
African Studies Centre Leiden
Leiden University
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden
The Netherlands

Emeritus Founding Editor
Paul Newman
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Editorial Assistant
Isabella Jordanoska
Leiden University, The Netherlands
e-mail: jall@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Executive Committee
Enoch O. Aboh
Anneke O. Breedveld
Maarten Kossmann
Constance Kutsch Lojenga
Maarten Mous
Saskia van Putten
Thilo C. Schadeberg
Harry Stroomer

Editorial Board
Thomas Bearth (Zurich, Switzerland)
Hounkpati B. C. Capo (Garome)
Lars Hellan (Trondheim, Norway)
Larry M. Hyman (Berkeley, USA)
Lutz Marten (London, UK)
Joyce T. Mathangwane (Gaborone, Botswana)
A. Motingea Mangulu (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Gerard Philippson (Paris/Lyon, France)
Mechthild Reh (Hamburg, Germany)
Eno-Abasi Urua (Uyo, Nigeria)
Baye Yimam (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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Audience: researchers and professionals in the field of African languages and linguistics