journal publication (Antipassives)

dlevere at ILSTU.EDU dlevere at ILSTU.EDU
Mon Mar 29 11:37:47 UTC 2010

I agree with most of what Martin says. However, I don't think that if  
senior scholars self-publish this puts junior scholars at a  
disadvantage. In fact, I would think the opposite. It frees up journal  
space for them. I think that selective journals are crucial for the  
careers of junior scholars. And if senior scholars need the 'credit'  
in some sort of evaluative process, e.g. the UK's RAE or some such,  
then publication in a selective journal is always preferred. But for  
well-established scholars who want to make interesting work available  
but aren't worried about impressing review committees, I think  
self-publishing is a useful option.

I certainly do not understand what the hesitation would be to use and  
cite such materials. (In fact, you can publish any monograph on and charge for downloads if you'd prefer. I don't recall  
seeing a linguistic monograph published in this way, but other  
disciplines, most notably philosophy, seem to do this from time to  


Quoting Martin Haspelmath <haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE>:

> Since increasingly, even papers from "print journals" are printed out
> rather than retrieved from a library in paper form, the difference is
> now mainly between journals with page number restrictions and journals
> without page number restrictions. The latter are obviously preferable
> (in typology, we have one so far:
> It seems to me that the future of linguistics lies in abandoning
> monograph publication, and shifting to journal-only publication.
> Increasingly, as linguists compete for resources with other
> disciplines, journal publication is seen as counting more. (In fact, it
> may make sense to go as far as relabeling entire book series as
> journals, to help evaluators and funding agencies see linguistics as
> what it is, a respectable science.)
> Martin
> P.S. I wouldn't recommend the "self-publishing" strategy suggested by
> Dan Everett as an option. As he notes, this is not available to junior
> scholars, so if it became acceptable, it would put them at a
> disadvantage. I think we should not cite unpublished work that isn't
> evidently intended for regular publication.
> dlevere at ILSTU.EDU wrote:
>> Dear Wolfgang,
>> It seems to me that work that doesn't quite fit an established   
>> print journal or monograph series ought either to be submitted to   
>> an electronic journal or simply posted on one's webpage with a   
>> notice to the relevant list, at least for senior scholars such as   
>> yourself.
>> Most of the people who would read and benefit from your research   
>> report are readers of this list and Funknet, and some on   
>> LinguistList who don't read these two lists. In fact, by making   
>> your work available to your colleagues by this announcement and   
>> your webpage, you have probably already ensured that your paper   
>> will be read by more people than most print outlets.
>> I look forward to reading the work from your website.
>> Others might have different opinions about publication, of course.   
>> But that is my view.
>> Dan
>> Quoting Wolfgang Schulze <W.Schulze at LRZ.UNI-MUENCHEN.DE>:
>>> Dear friends and colleagues
>>> please allow me making a perhaps somewhat unusual post. But maybe you
>>> can help me or give me some advise. I have produced an admittedly
>>> lengthy paper on the *grammaticalization of antipassives* in terms of
>>> split aspects systems, dealing mainly with Sumerian, Kartvelian, and
>>> Proto-Indo-European, but including data from other languages, too. You
>>> can download the first draft (attention: not yet proof-read by an
>>> native speaker of English!) from
>>> . My problem is that
>>> I really don't know what to do with this paper. It is too long for
>>> submission to a journal (79 pages), and too short for producing a
>>> (slender) monography. Any suggestions (if ever you can imagine that the
>>> contents are of relevance for our community)? In addition, I would be
>>> happy to receive critics and other comments all of which would
>>> undoubtedly help to improve the quality of the analyses.
>>> Many thanks in advance and best wishes,
>>> Wolfgang
>>> -- 
>>> -- 
>>> *Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze *
> -- 
> Martin Haspelmath (haspelmath at
> Max-Planck-Institut fuer evolutionaere Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6
> D-04103 Leipzig      Tel. (MPI) +49-341-3550 307, (priv.) +49-341-980 1616

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