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database: Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online
database: Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online

Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online

a multimodal, peer-reviewed digital publication

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About this database

The new peer-reviewed online reference Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online (LME) provides comprehensive documentation of indigenous and immigrant linguistic minorities in Europe.

Please have a look at our current free access content: → Free access articles

LME contains a variety of content and materials:

  • Standardized overview articles on a given linguistic minority on a variety of topics, including but not limited to linguistic description, variation, attitudes, demographics, status, education and revitalization.
  • In-depth research articles on specific topics regarding European minority languages/linguistic minorities, including sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and ethnolinguistic perspectives
  • Multimedia elements (audios, videos, images)
  • Primary sources, such as annotated texts, transcriptions, corpora, glossaries, field notes, etc. (Open Access as well as non-Open Access)

All articles in LME are enriched with metadata, allowing specific searches and filter options, e.g. for language name, country/state/region, language family, keywords, references, and text in linguistic examples. The content is heavily interlinked, so as to enable users to quickly switch between overview articles, in-depth research articles, and primary sources. Furthermore, LME articles link out to selected external online resources.

Approximately 75% of the content is custom-written for LME, 25% consists of seminal research from De Gruyter’s and De Gruyter Mouton’s archives, carefully selected by the main editors and area editors.

Currently, LME contains, amongst others, articles on Basque, Breton, Croatian, Frisian, Hungarian, Irish, the Sámi languages, and Turkish as minority languages (content about further languages is in preparation). New articles will be added annually (in two yearly updates).

Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online is co-published with the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo and edited by Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago), Pia Lane (MultiLing, University of Oslo), and Unn Røyneland (MultiLing, University of Oslo) in collaboration with a group of expert area editors.

Contact the main editors:

Lenore Grenoble,
Pia Lane,
Unn Røyneland,

Would you like to contribute to LME as an author and/or have your primary material published in LME? Contact the main editors or

Your Benefits

  • Interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of linguistic minorities in Europe
  • Standardized overview articles as well as in-depth research articles
  • Multimedia elements (audios, videos, images)
  • Publication of primary sources (OA and non-OA is possible)
  • Differentiated search functions on the basis of extensive metadata of all LME entries
  • Comprehensive interlinking of content (also with external sources)
  • New articles in two updates every year
  • Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users campus- / institution-wide



Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online is co-published with the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo and edited by Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago, USA), Pia Lane (MultiLing, University of Oslo, Norway), and Unn Røyneland (MultiLing, University of Oslo, Norway) in collaboration with a group of expert area editors.

Contact the main editors:

Lenore Grenoble,
Pia Lane,
Unn Røyneland,

Area editors:

Iván Igartua (University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU, Basque Autonomous Community)
Miren Lourdes Oñederra (Royal Academy of the Basque Language, Basque Autonomous Community)

Michael Hornsby (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Zvjezdana Vrzic (New York University, USA)

Nanna Haug Hilton (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
G.T. Jensma (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Willem Visser (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Heiko F. Marten (Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany)

Albrecht Plewnia (Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany)

Szilvia Bátyi (University of Pannonia, Hungary)
Viktória Ferenc (Research Institute for Hungarian Communities Abroad, Hungary)

Noel Ó Murchadha (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Zvjezdana Vrzic (New York University, USA)

Pia Lane (University of Oslo, Norway)

Unn Røyneland (University of Oslo, Norway)

Yaron Matras (Aston University, UK)

Daniele Viktor Leggio (University of Oslo, Norway)

Annika Pasanen (Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Minerva Piha (Nord University, Norway)

Kutlay Yagmur (Tilburg University, Netherlands)

Editorial board:

Jannis Androutsopoulos (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
Peter Auer (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Brigitta Busch (University of Vienna, Austria)
Silvia Dal Negro (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy)
Heiko F. Marten (Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia)
Yaron Matras (Aston University, UK)
Tadhg Ó hlfearnáin (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Bernadette O'Rourke (University of Glasgow, UK)
Kutlay Yagmur (Tilburg University, Netherlands)



Call for Papers
We are looking for excellent research articles dealing with linguistic minorities/European minority languages from various disciplines. Contributions are welcome for the following language areas:

Asturian, Basque, Breton, Cornish, Croatian, Frisian, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Irish, Istro-Romanian, Kven, Nynorsk, Romani, the Sámi languages, and Turkish.

Submissions relating to other minority languages in Europe will also be considered.

Our current submission deadlines are:
30 April 2023
30 November 2023

You can submit your manuscript via email to
Manuscripts must be based on our templates for research and overview articles. These can be found, together with the LME Style Guide, on this webpage (go to: overview tab / Supplementary Materials).
The target length for contributions of research articles is 7,000-11,000 words (plus references and ancillary material).

Being a born digital resource, LME is characterized by the embedding of media items. All submissions should, therefore, include media content (images, audios, and videos). Please have a look at our free access articles to get an idea of how other authors have incorporated media in their texts (see overview).
Please submit your media via a ZIP file sent to together with your article. Before submission, please make sure that you have obtained any rights and approvals which may be necessary for the publication of the material within LME.

Links to external sources:
We encourage authors to interlink their articles with internal as well as external sources. Please do not forget to add the references for each source in the respective reference sections.

Review and revision process:
The double-blind review process will take place in an online editorial system. After the first editorial steps following your submission, you will receive an invitation to this system.

Hybrid Open Access:
Open access publications are subject to a processing fee. Please get in touch with us if this is an option for you.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

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Last updated on 07.07.2023

Update Frequency

Twice a year (June | November)

Please have a look at our free access content for the current update: → Free access articles

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