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Linguistics and Semiotics

Our linguistics program is internationally known for its high quality and comprehensiveness. Titles published under the De Gruyter brand cover topics on German and Romance languages while titles under our imprint De Gruyter Mouton encompass the entire field of linguistics and are published in English.

Both programs have a long tradition stretching back to the 19th century. This portfolio’s excellent content has made De Gruyter one of the world’s leading publishers in language sciences.

We publish an internationally-renowned range of research series and journals and are particularly known for our authoritative reference works: handbooks, dictionaries, atlases, and databases.


  • Comprehensive portfolio from titles on lesser-known languages to general topics like language structure and language and mind
  • A special focus on applied linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and endangered languages
  • A large number of English titles
  • The leading linguistics publisher in Germany
  • A long tradition of publishing outstanding works in Romance linguistics (since 1877)
  • A broad portfolio of research titles on Asian languages
  • Particularly known for comprehensive handbooks, top journals, and state-of-the-art e-resources
  • Innovative projects like Linguistics Vanguard, a multimodal journal which is enriched with multimedia elements



  • Noam Chomsky, MIT, USA, author of Syntactic Structures, Studies on Semantics in Generative Grammar and Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
  • Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany, editor of the series Empirical Approaches to Language Typology (EALT) and Mouton Grammar Library (MGL)
  • William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, USA, author of The Atlas of North American English (rated “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice Magazine)
  • Peter Eisenberg, Universität Potsdam, Germany, author of Das Fremdwort im Deutschen


  • Societas Linguistica Europaea (The Linguistics Society of Europe)
  • National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS Mannheim)
  • Union der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften
  • Institut de Linguistique Française (ILF)


“What I like best about Mouton is the way its staff understands its clientele: linguists. However complex a project may be, Mouton will do its best to find a solution that combines the highest academic standards, the desires of its authors and editors, and the reality of the world of international academic publishing.”

Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany



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