Language change by George Walkden

Studies focusing on how and why language changes.

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          The Language Change collection has become substantially larger thanks to the partnership between Brill Publishing and ScienceOpen. All three of the journals presented - Indo-European Linguistics, Journal of Greek Linguistics and Language Dynamics and Change - contain juicy language-change-related papers, and I have added a generous selection of them to the collection. Browse to find out more!

          The collection still has its biases, which I'd like to redress: there's a lot on computational phylogenetic work (from arXiv, from more "sciency" OA journals, and from Language Dynamics and Change), and a lot on early Indo-European (from Indo-European Linguistics and Journal of Greek Linguistics). There isn't much on languages outside Europe, and there isn't much in the way of variationist sociolinguistic studies of change in progress. There also isn't much from the grammaticalization and historical pragmatics literature.

          These defects can only be remedied if people help out! We need more OA journals in these areas, and more people to get involved with ScienceOpen and other big players in the Open Access scene. You can read more about open access in linguistics at my blog, which tries to summarize and report news across the whole field - not just language change.

          It'd also be great to see more reviews! A review by Lauren Collister of a paper in this collection won the Peer Review Week 2016 competition, which is good to see. In the era of post-publication peer review I'm not attempting to be very selective in what I include in this collection - in fact I haven't read the full text of most of the papers. Which papers are top and which are flop is for the readers to decide, and to communicate to each other!

          Till next time,

           - G.

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