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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Edited by: Alexandre Duchêne and Florian Coulmas
Founded by: Joshua A. Fishman

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.

Call for Submissions: Joshua A. Fishman Award
The Joshua A. Fishman Award recognizes outstanding unpublished PhD dissertations on a topic pertaining to the sociology of language. The award carries a cash prize and a nomination for publication in De Gruyter Mouton's Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2021.
For details see the award website. Please note that dissertations will be independently evaluated by a Board of Reviewers and if you have any questions regarding the award selection process, please contact Natalie Fecher (Acquisitions Editor Mouton).

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Special issues. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language invites proposals for special issues. Special issues proposals should be submitted via our electronic system, Scholar one, please go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijsl and you will be guided through the process (please select "Special Issue proposal"). The submitted document should include the following information:

  1. Proposed Title
  2. Outline of the Issue (3-4 pages). What is this issue about? Why is it important? What contribution does it make to the study of language in society? What other studies have been conducted in this area, and what does your Issue contribute to this specific field? The outline should also include a bibliography.
  3. Table of content, including abstracts and titles of each paper
  4. List of authors (including their affiliation and emails)
  5. Approximate submission date for the issue
  6. Short CV of Guest editor(s)

You are free to decide how many papers will be included in the Special Issue. The length of published papers usually ranges from 7 000 – 10 000 words (approximately 25 to 35 pages Times New Roman double-spaced). The manuscript should not exceed 400 000 characters (spaces included) in total.

Papers can be written in English, French, German and Spanish. Further languages may also be considered.

IJSL wishes to ensure a broad participation of scholars and encourages Guest Editors to consider the inclusion of scholars located in regions less represented in academic publishing.

If your proposal is accepted, we will then send you guidelines for you to read and agree to before an issue can be commissioned. The acceptance of a special issue proposal does not guarantee its’ publication. Please bear in mind that all papers will have to go through a careful peer-review process handled by the Journal’s editorial team.

Article submission. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language invites submissions of unsolicited articles for consideration for publication. Each of the six issues published annually will include a dedicated section for Singles papers. We accept submissions in English, French, Spanish, or German. The length of published papers usually ranges from 7 000 – 10 000 words (approximately 25 to 35 pages Times New Roman double-spaced). Your manuscript should be submitted via our online submission system, Scholar one, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijsl (please select "Article") and you will be guided through the process.

Preparing your manuscript

  • Please format your manuscript according to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet. Failure to do this may result in rejection of the manuscript.
  • Please make sure your paper is fully anonymized since submissions are subject to double-blind peer-review.
  • 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 carefully checked against listings in the Reference section to make sure that publication dates and the spelling of names match, and that all works cited are listed, and vice versa.

Review process

The Special Issue proposals are reviewed by the General Editor and the Associate Editors. You will be informed by email about the decision. You might also be asked to revise the proposal based on the Editorial Team comments.

The double-blind peer-review process for articles (including articles submitted within a Special Issue) takes on average two months. Submissions are sent to 2–3 reviewers. You will be informed by e-mail if your manuscript has been accepted or rejected or if it requires revision. Every effort is made to respond to authors in a timely manner.


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


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

If you are an author wishing to publish open access, you should first check if your institution has an open access agreement with De Gruyter. Please see :


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 (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
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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