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Linguistic Typology

Editor In Chief: Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
Founded by: Frans Plank
Your benefits:
  • broad focus on the study of language typology and cross-linguistic variation
  • timely publication of high-quality peer-reviewed articles
  • freely available Editor’s choice articles


Linguistic Typology provides a forum for all work of relevance to the study of language typology and cross-linguistic variation. It welcomes work taking a typological perspective on all domains of the structure of spoken and signed languages, including historical change, language processing, and sociolinguistics. Diverse descriptive and theoretical frameworks are welcomed so long as they have a clear bearing on the study of cross-linguistic variation. We welcome cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of linguistic diversity, as well as work dealing with just one or a few languages, as long as it is typologically informed and typologically and theoretically relevant, and contains new empirical evidence.

Linguistic Typology
is published by De Gruyter Mouton for the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). For membership and subscription details, contact the Secretary: Dmitry Idiatov

Article formats

• Research articles
• Target articles with peer commentary (If you have an idea for one, contact the Editor)
• Special issues (If you have an idea for a Special Issue, contact the Editor)
• Debates (contact the Editor)
Language profiles, family portraits and areal surveys
• Review articles (reviewing two or more books, or a whole subject area)
• Book reviews
• Methodological contributions (e.g., reports on and reviews of toolkits, databases, software, collection of texts and corpora, archival collections resulting from fieldwork etc.) These should include a discussion of how/why the material is of typological relevance.
• Squibs (very short and often humorous pieces on a very specific topic intended to encourage debate)
• Contact the Editor if you have an idea that is not represented here

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Linguistic Typology has been published by Mouton de Gruyter / De Gruyter Mouton for the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) since 1997. Frans Plank (Konstanz / Oxford) was the Founding Editor of the journal, and, with volume 22, Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm took over in 2018.

Other publications in the field

Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT]
Eurotyp: Typology of Languages in Europe
Linguistics Vanguard
STUF – Language Typology and Universals

Back Issues

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All submissions to Linguistic Typology must be strictly anonymised and are to be submitted via https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lity. Articles can be accompanied by supplementary online materials (e.g., examples, lists of sources, queries to databases, etc., contact the Editor for details). Please see the Information for Authors before submitting.

Your benefits of publishing with us

Submission process

  • Submission of your paper in pdf form as an email attachment
  • Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
  • Decision on your paper (8–10 weeks for submission to first decision)
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish it open access
  • Publication online and in print

Please note

  • Style must adhere to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet and please also see the Information for Authors.
  • The size limit for papers is maximum 15,000 words including references. If your paper is much longer than this consider an online Appendix with data or other supporting materials.
  • Do not submit work that has been submitted elsewhere or has been published previously.
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement.
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract.
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

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

Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm
Stockholm University, Sweden
e-mail: lt@degruyter.com

Founding Editor
Frans Plank
Somerville College, University of Oxford, UK

Review Editor
Tatiana Nikitina
LLACAN, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France

Assistant Editor
Angela Terrill
Punctilious Editing Sweden
e-mail: punctilious.editing@gmail.com

Associate Editors
Dan Dediu (Dynamique du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)
Patience Epps (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
Jeff Mielke (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA)
Marianne Mithun (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
Brigitte Pakendorf (Dynamique du Langage, Centre national de la recherche scientifique & Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)
Masha Polinsky (University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA)
Mark van de Velde (LLACAN, Centre national de la recherche scientifique & Inalco, France)
Jean-Christophe Verstraete (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Fernando Zúñiga (Universität Bern, Switzerland)

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