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Linguistics Vanguard

A Multimodal Journal for the Language Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Bergs, Alexander / Cohn, Abigail C. / Good, Jeff

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From the Drawing Board

Published Online: 2015-01-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2015-1001

Linguistics Vanguard is more than just another journal.

It is De Gruyter’s new channel for high quality articles and innovative approaches in all major fields of linguistics. This multimodal journal is published solely online and provides an accessible platform supporting both traditional and new kinds of publications.

Linguistics Vanguard ambitiously aims to publish papers within 3 months of submission. This is made possible by the fact that Linguistics Vanguard publications typically do not exceed 4,000 words (excluding references and any ancillary material). This, together with an efficient double-blind peer review system and the fact that Linguistics Vanguard publishes papers individually and not in issues, supports a drastic reduction in turn-around time from submission to decision and ultimately publication. In recognition of the social and political importance of open access publishing, De Gruyter’s liberal open access policy allows authors to distribute the final, published version of their papers on their own websites and university repository twelve months after publication.

Linguistics Vanguard begins its life with more than a dozen inaugural articles by leading scholars in all of its areas. These articles will remain freely available. We are very grateful to all our authors for the time and work they put into this project, and for their help in realizing this vision. We invite you to enjoy the inaugural articles now available online as well as those which will soon appear.

As exemplified by these inaugural articles, Linguistics Vanguard seeks to publish concise and up-to-date reports on the state of the art in linguistics. Bowern reports on big and small databases; Bohnemeyer, Donelson, Eggleston & Moore on new approaches to crosslinguistic variation in language and cognition. Casasanto & Gijssels present recent theories of embodiment; Spinner and Gass look at the relationship between second language acquisition and linguistic theory; and Alday, Schleswesky & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky discuss discovery procedures for prominence and its role in language processing. Linguistics Vanguard is equally interested in innovative, cutting-edge research papers—Traugott investigates the notion of ‘periphery’ from a functionalist perspective, while Sprouse’s paper is on three open questions in experimental syntax. Bisang and Stump & Finkel’s papers look at new ways of measuring linguistic complexity, Aldridge focuses on new and interesting links between historical syntax and present-day fieldwork, Enfield & Sidnell examine a potential conversational universal, Noveck & Grossman on the use of experimental pragmatics for historical linguistics, and Duhamel & Meyerhoff critically discuss social evaluations of language differences in New Zealand.

We encourage submissions taking advantage of our new multimodal platform designed to integrate interactive content, including audio and video, images, maps, software code, raw data, and any other material that enhances the traditional written word. Many of the inaugural articles, which are freely available from the website http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/lingvan, already showcase this aspect. Davies’s article on the importance of robust corpora includes many active links to corpus searches; Safir’s paper on transitive reciprocals draws on his extensive database on African anaphora; Everett’s paper on numerosity and language includes full color photographs and video files; Berez’s paper on area/punctual distinctions in Athna travel narration presents numerous sound files as well as files that can be loaded into geographic visualization software such as Google Earth; and Tilsen, Das & McKee provide a rich multimedia introduction to new approaches in phonetics. We very much hope that future authors take us up on this offer and enrich their papers with innovative material.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to our anonymous reviewers for the inaugural articles. They took up the challenge and showed that it is possible and productive to provide insightful comments and questions within the very short turn around time required by Linguistics Vanguard.

In order to provide expertise in all central fields of linguistics and to ensure highest quality in combination with rapid article processing, Linguistics Vanguard is published by a large team of editors. The three Editors-in-Chief work in close collaboration with more than twenty area editors, leading experts in their fields from all over the world, who are in charge of developing their respective areas both by managing the regular submission and review process and by inviting contributions on particularly interesting new topics or timely state-of-the-art reports: Julie Boland (University of Michigan, USA), Oliver Bond (University of Surrey, UK), Christine Dimroth (Universität Münster, Germany), Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland), Thomas Hoffmann (Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Germany), Gary Holton (University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA), Guillaume Jacque (CRLAO, CNRS Paris, France), Shigeto Kawahara (University of Keio, Japan), Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), Caterina Mauri (Pavia University, Italy), Bhuvana Narasimhan (University of Colorado Boulder, USA), Fey Parrill (Case Western Reserve University, USA), Eric Potsdam (University of Florida, USA), Jason Shaw (University of Western Sydney, Australia), Evelyne Tzoukermann (MITRE, USA), Suzanne Evans Wagner (Michigan State University, USA), Michael Weiss (Cornell University, USA), and Jochen Zeller (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa).

This new publication channel would not exist without Uri Tadmor, who approached us quite a while ago with some weird ideas and eventually convinced us that traditional handbooks and traditional journals are “so 1990s”, and that we need to think about something new – something that somehow combined journals and handbooks, and that had some fancy multimedia stuff in it. He was so right and we are grateful to Uri and De Gruyter Mouton for the opportunity to develop this project. We are also extremely grateful for all the support from the De Gruyter team behind the Vanguard: Marcia Schwartz, commissioning editor for linguistics journals, kept things running smoothly, Bettina Chang and Ulrike Engel from production were super efficient in taking things from “idea” to “print” to “online”, Ulrike Kitzing set up our ScholarOne site and made the impossible possible for us, Joshua Gannon, our editorial support at De Gruyter headquarters, and last but not least Cara DiGirolamo, our editorial assistant from Cornell University, who’s keeping us all in check.

So, let’s get started. We very much hope that you enjoy the inaugural articles and that you consider Linguistics Vanguard when you are thinking about possible outlets for your future publications.

With its topical breadth of coverage, multimedia enrichment, and anticipated quick rate of production, Linguistics Vanguard will become a leading platform for scientific exchange for years to come. We are sure that its broad theoretical range, international scope, and diversity of article formats will engage students and scholars alike.

We look forward to hearing from you at Linguistics.Vanguard@degruyter.com!

Alexander Bergs, Abby Cohn, Jeff Good,


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Published Online: 2015-01-15

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Linguistics Vanguard, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 1–2, ISSN (Online) 2199-174X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2015-1001.

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