promoting "Linguistic Discovery" (free online journal)

Martin Haspelmath haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE
Thu Jan 26 14:40:36 UTC 2006

Dear typologists,

I'd like to draw your attention to a free journal of potential interest 
to typologists. It's called "Linguistic Discovery" and is edited by 
Lindsay Whaley (author of a typology textbook) and Lenore Grenoble at 
Dartmouth College (U.S.). See

The advantage of free online journals is that readers don't have to pay 
for them, so if you publish a paper in the journal, anyone can read it, 
including linguists in poor countries. This journal isn't very well 
known yet, but it seems an excellent place for typologists' papers. 
Members of the editorial board are L. Campbell, G. Dimmendaal, P. Munro, 
D. Payne, M. Polinsky, A. Woodbury, S. Marlett.

The potential disadvantages are (i) that the journal may not be 
available 50 or 100 years from now -- however, the editors say that they 
have a commitment from Dartmout College to archive it indefinitely, and 
archiving electronic journals is not more expensive than archiving paper 
journals; (ii) that the journal isn't very well known yet -- however, 
this may change, and now that you have read this message it is a little 
better known than 5 minutes ago.

I have recently published an article in the journal, and my experience 
is that they are as professional and thorough as any other journal. The 
PDF versions look nice, and they also produce HTML versions in case 
Adobe goes bankrupt.


P.S. Did you know that an estimated 79% of all undergraduates only read 
works that are available online? Don't miss the chance to be read by the 
next generation of linguists.

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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