[Lingtyp] Journal of Amazonian Languages

Frank Seifart frank_seifart at eva.mpg.de
Wed Nov 12 14:25:32 UTC 2014

There is in fact a journal for South American, especially Amazonian, 
languages, free, online and double-blind peer reviewed:


All it needs to really lift off is more contributions!



>> On Nov 11, 2014, at 11:50 PM, Everett, Daniel <DEVERETT at bentley.edu 
>> <mailto:DEVERETT at bentley.edu>> wrote:
>> 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.
>>> Ian
>>> On 7 Nov 2014, at 13:44, Everett, Daniel <DEVERETT at BENTLEY.EDU 
>>> <mailto:DEVERETT at BENTLEY.EDU>> wrote:
>>>> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/48jvz9445qgtydk/AADib9UQcGFRcMLTGLNqMyH0a?dl=0 
>>>> Folks,
>>>> 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.
>>>> Dan
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>>> Ian Maddieson
>>> Department of Linguistics
>>> University of New Mexico
>>> MSC03-2130
>>> Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
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