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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Founded by Fishman, Joshua A.

Ed. by Duchêne, Alexandre / Coulmas, Florian

CiteScore 2016: 0.53

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.505
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.716


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    Aims and Scope


    The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL) is dedicated to the development of the sociology of language as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches – theoretical and empirical – supplement and complement each other, contributing thereby to the growth of language-related knowledge, applications, values and sensitivities. Five of the journal's annual issues are topically focused, all of the articles in such issues being commissioned in advance, after acceptance of proposals. One annual issue is reserved for single articles on the sociology of language. Selected issues throughout the year also feature a contribution on small languages and small language communities.

    Joshua A. Fishman Award 2018
    The biannual Award is for the best recently unpublished dissertation on a topic pertaining to the sociology of language. The award, which carries a cash prize of €3,000, is intended to recognize scholars in the early stages of their careers working on sociology of language.

    We are delighted to announce that the 2018 winner of the Joshua A. Fishman Award is:
    Alexandra Grey, How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change

    Of Dr. Grey’s work our judges said: “it makes a fabulous theoretical contribution” with findings that “decenter all types of sociolinguistic assumptions.”

    Upon review a second prize has been awarded to:
    Haley de Korne, Imagining Convivial Multilingualism: Practices, Ideologies, and Strategies in Diidxazá/ Isthmus Zapotec Indigenous Language Education


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    Instructions for Authors

    Thematic issues. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language invites proposals for the 5 annual thematic issues. To assess the interest of IJSL in a proposed topic and for guidelines to submit proposals, please contact Alexandre Duchêne. Once the Thematic issue is accepted, the Issue Editor will be given further guidelines. The complete manuscript for a Thematic issue must be submitted as electronic files to the IJSL Editor Alexandre Duchêne.

    'Singles' issues. Submissions of unsolicited articles for consideration for the annual 'Singles' issue should be sent to 'Singles' issue Editor, Florian Coulmas.

    Contributions should be in English, French, Spanish, or German, although in some cases Italian may also be accepted. Authors who are not writing in their native language should have their contribution carefully checked by a native speaker before submission to the editor of the Thematic issue, of the 'Singles' issue, or of the SLSLC section.

    Style guidelines.
    When preparing a manuscript, authors should refer to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet, especially regarding the proper format for citations and reference entries.

    Corrections. Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays and extra costs at the proof stage. In-text citations should be checked against listings in the References section to be sure that publication dates and the spelling of names match, and that all works cited are listed, and vice versa.

    Proofs. Authors will receive electronic proofs (PDF format) for correction which must be returned by dates determined by the publishers.

    Offprints. Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution as well as a complimentary print copy of the issue.

    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

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    Editorial Information

    General Editor

    Alexandre Duchêne
    University of Fribourg
    Institute of Multilingualism
    Rue de Morat 24
    1700 Fribourg
    E-mail: alexandre.duchene@unifr.ch

    ‘Singles’ Editor

    Florian Coulmas
    IN-EAST Institute of East Asian Studies
    University of Duisburg-Essen
    47048 Duisburg
    E-mail: florian.coulmas@uni-due.de

    Associate Editors

    Sibonile Ellece (University of Botswana)
    Ruanni Tupas (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
    Virginia Unamuno (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    Jacqueline Urla (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

    General Editor Emeritus

    Ofelia Garcia
    The Graduate Center, City University of New York

    Founding Editor (1974-2015)

    Joshua A. Fishman

    Editorial Board (2016-2020)

    E. Annamalai (University of Chicago, USA)
    Yoshiyuki Asahi (National Institute for Japanese Language, Tokyo)
    Matthias Brenzinger (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
    David M. Bunis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
    Serafín Coronel-Molina (Indiana University, USA)
    Nikolas Coupland (Copenhagen University, Denmark and Cardiff University, UK)
    Paulin Djité (Université FHB, Côte d'Ivoire)
    Rosalie Finlayson (University of South Africa UNISA)
    Nelson Flores (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
    Federica Guerini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)
    Rainer Enrique Hamel (U. Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
    Patrick Heinrich (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
    Christine Hélot (University of Strasbourg, France)
    Francis M. Hult (Lund University, Sweden)
    Herbert Igboanusi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
    Kendall King (University of Minnesota, USA)
    Joseph Lo Bianco (University of Melbourne, Australia)
    Leketi Makalela (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
    John Maher (Intern. Christian University, Japan)
    Francisco Moreno-Fernández (University of Alcalá, Spain)
    Finex Ndhlouvu (University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
    Ricardo Otheguy (Graduate Center, CUNY, USA)
    Rakhmiel Peltz (Drexel University, USA)
    Mark Sebba (Lancaster University, UK)
    Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
    Dick Smakman (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
    Mauro Tosco (University of Turin, Italy)
    Guadalupe Valdés (Stanford University, USA)
    Li Wei (University College London, UK)
    Xu Daming (University of Macau)
    Kutlay Yaǧmur (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

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