[Lingtyp] Journal of Amazonian Languages

Jeanette Sakel Jeanette.Sakel at uwe.ac.uk
Wed Nov 12 10:25:02 UTC 2014

Dear all,
I remember being part of discussions to start a new ‘Amerindian’ journal (with a focus on Latin America) following a conference at the University of Bremen. This never really worked out in the end – mostly because we were pursuing the idea of a ‘paper’ journal.
I think starting an online journal with LangSci is a great idea – whether it be for Amazonia or for a wider Latin American (or even Amerindian) distribution.
All the best,

From: Lingtyp [mailto:lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] On Behalf Of Hedvig Skirgård
Sent: 12 November 2014 10:14
To: Everett, Daniel
Subject: Re: [Lingtyp] Journal of Amazonian Languages


I'm not an amazonian linguist nor have I ever edited a journal, but I just thought I should mention that Language Science Press has started a series for descriptive African linguistics and would perhaps be open to something similar for amazonian languages.



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2014-11-12 7:50 GMT+01:00 Everett, Daniel <DEVERETT at bentley.edu<mailto:DEVERETT at bentley.edu>>:
An idea along these lines is something that Terry Kaufman, David Rood, and I put to the U of Chicago Press about 20 years ago, i.e. to have an IJAL series of “grammar fragments.” This would be largish grammatical portions that people had written up and might not have been able to develop into a full-grammar or who just wanted to publish a description of some portion of the grammar. In addition to normal articles. U of C Press obviously didn’t support it - because of costs.

Publishing the Journal of Amazonian Languages  on-line was not an option available to me in the 90s. Mouton de Gruyter had offered to take over the journal, but I had no assistance on it at all and was feeling somewhat overwhelmed with that in addition to everything else (chairing the Pitt linguistics department, etc)

Lots of possibilities if someone wanted to revive the idea with or without the addition of “grammar fragments." On the other hand, there are other outlets available. I just liked the idea of having a journal dedicated to Amazonian languages. But research there has come a lot further than it was at the time I started that journal.

— Dan
On Nov 11, 2014, at 11:20 PM, Ian Maddieson <ianm at BERKELEY.EDU<mailto:ianm at BERKELEY.EDU>> wrote:

I hope someone might indeed take up Dan’s suggestion of a revival of the
Journal of Amazonian Linguistics — perhaps as an on-line journal. I can
think of a couple of excellent candidates to lead such an effort.


On 7 Nov 2014, at 13:44, Everett, Daniel <DEVERETT at BENTLEY.EDU<mailto:DEVERETT at BENTLEY.EDU>> wrote:



The above link should take you to both issues of the Journal of Amazonian Languages, the only ones ever published. I was at this time one of the the only full-time academics (pretty much the only regular one, with occasional forays by one or two others)  at a North American university doing regular field research on Amazonian languages.  This journal was sponsored by the linguistics department of the University of Pittsburgh, which I chaired from 1989-1999. There are some excellent articles in these two numbers and I am sorry it has taken me so long to make them more widely available. I had hoped to revive the journal but perhaps someone else will take it up in spirit, now that the field has grown.

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