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Journal of Japanese Linguistics

Editor In Chief: Masahiko Minami

Your benefits:

  • Showcasing recent trends in Japanese linguistics
  • Comprehensive overview of linguistics and language in society
  • Providing an exchange of information among researchers and teachers
  • Highlighting challenges in Japanese language and linguistics teaching
  • Rigorous peer-review

Free Online Access: All articles published in Issue 1 (2018) of Journal of Japanese Linguistics are freely available to all readers.


The Journal of Japanese Linguistics focuses on important issues in the field of Japanese linguistics and language education as well as overarching objectives that shape the study of Japanese linguistics. The journal publishes articles and book reviews in the traditional subdisciplines of linguistics as well as in neighboring disciplines in the fields of Japanese linguistics and Japanese language education. JJL also promotes the exchange of knowledge regarding language education among researchers in Japanese linguistics and Japanese language teaching.


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Generative Linguistics
  • Japanese language
  • Language education
  • Multilingualism
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics


The Journal of Japanese Linguistics (JJL), formerly Papers in Japanese Linguistics (Volume 1, 1972 – Volume 11, 1986), was under the management of Japan’s Nanzan University (Volume 12, 1990 – Volume 16, 1998). At the dawn of the new millennium, the JJL editorial office was transferred to Indiana University (Volume 17, 2001 – Volume 21, 2005) in the U.S. The office then moved to the Ohio State University (Volume 22, 2006 – Volume 28, 2015), and to San Francisco State University (Volume 29, 2013 – Volume 33, 2017). From 2018 the journal is published by De Gruyter Mouton and the entire archive will be made available.

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Supplementary Materials


JJL invites submissions that fall under the following categories:

  1. empirically oriented, descriptive work that includes original observations of linguistic phenomena
  2. theoretical application to empirical work
  3. experimental work that evaluates a linguistic theory
  4. discussion of linguistic issues problematic to language pedagogy and/or pedagogical implications of (1) or (2)

JJL also publishes special issues. If you are interested, please contact the editor.

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Submission process

  • Please format your manuscript according to the JJL template and the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet.
  • The manuscript, including inquiries regarding book reviews (500-750 words), should be sent as Word and PDF files to mminami@sfsu.edu as an attachment.
  • The journal operates an anonymous peer review process.
  • Please attach a 200-word abstract of the article in a separate document, which also specifies the title and the author's name, affiliation, and mailing address. Areas of study to which the article may be of particular interest (such as formal syntax or conversational analysis) should be listed at the end of the abstract.
  • The reviewing process takes on average two months. Submissions are sent to 2–3 reviewers. You will be informed by e-mail if your manuscript has been accepted or rejected or if it requires further attention. Every effort is made to respond to authors in a timely manner.
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish your contribution open access.

Please note

  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement.
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract.
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Masahiko Minami (San Francisco State University, USA)

Honorary Editors
Masayoshi Shibatani (Rice University, USA)
Taro Kageyama (National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics, Japan)
Yukinori Takubo (National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics, Japan)
Mineharu Nakayama (The Ohio State University, USA)

Editorial Board
Makiko Hirakawa (Chuo University, Japan)
Yuki Hirose (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Kaoru Horie (Nagoya University, Japan)
Masatoshi Koizumi (Tohoku University, Japan)
Yoshiko Matsumoto (Stanford University, USA)
Toshiyuki Ogihara (University of Washington, USA)
Shigeko Okamoto (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Tsuyoshi Ono (University of Alberta, Canada)
Koji Sugisaki (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

Editorial Assistant
Keiko Yukawa (Chabot College, USA)

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