promoting "Linguistic Discovery" (free online journal)
haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE
Thu Jan 26 14:40:36 UTC 2006
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 http://linguistic-discovery.dartmouth.edu.
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 eva.mpg.de)
Max-Planck-Institut fuer evolutionaere Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6
Tel. (MPI) +49-341-3550 307, (priv.) +49-341-980 1616
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