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Linguistic variation

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Külli Habicht
Tiit Hennoste
Helle Metslang


Variation is an universal phenomenon which permeates language, culture, and society. We are inviting papers discussing issues specific and common to linguistic variation and its various subtypes, as well as the intersections of and relationships between different types of variation.
The compilation of this special issue is motivated by the conference “Variation in language, literature and folklore” which took place in Tartu, Estonia on December 7-8, 2017. We welcome contributions based on conference presentations as well as new studies.
We expect papers on different aspects of variation, for example:

  • Synchronic and diachronic variation, levels of variation (individual, local, regional, historical), comparison of variants (registers, dialects, genres);
  • Interplay of linguistic variation and variation in folklore and literature
  • Intralinguistic factors in linguistic variation (e.g. system constraints, regularities of linguistic changes);
  • Extralinguistic factors in linguistic variation (e.g. extralinguistic context of language varieties, contacts with other languages and language varieties, language planning);
  • Reciprocal effects of language standardization and actual language use
  • Data-related problems (insufficient data, large and small databases, so-called bad data);
  • Methods for studying variation.

The extended deadline is September, the 15th 2018.



Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/opli/ and submit their contribution.
Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Linguistics’ high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editor Professor Helle Metslang (helle.metslang@ut.ee) or Managing Editor (katarzyna.grzegorek@degruyteropen.com).
As an author of Open Linguistics you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The extended deadline is September, the 15th 2018.