[Lingtyp] Journal of Amazonian Languages

Eduardo Ribeiro kariri at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 18:39:18 UTC 2014

Thanks, Frank, for mentioning Cadernos de Etnolingüística.  I would
also like to mention LIAMES, which has been around for 10 years now
and is entirely available online for free (in addition to its print
edition). It's currently the most important publication devoted to
South American languages. It's edited by Lucy Seki, Angel Corbera, and
Wilmar D'Angelis at Unicamp, a Brazilian university at the forefront
of the study of South American languages:


Although there's always room for improvement, one of the main
qualities of Cadernos is the fact that it's part of a larger, rather
active online community (which includes the majority of professionals
in the field), centered around a discussion list and a digital library
(which offers hundreds of dissertations, articles, and books on South
American languages).  The website also includes a directory of South
Americanists (http://www.etnolinguistica.org/cadastro).

Both LIAMES and Cadernos illustrate a state of affairs that is in
sharp contrast with the circumstances under which the Journal of
Amazonian Languages was produced: the bulk of the materials on South
American languages is now being produced by South American linguists
at South American institutions [in constrast, of the six authors
published in JAL, only two were South Americans; half of them were SIL
missionaries]. Much of it is in Spanish and Portuguese, but that
should not be an obstacle for non-South Americanists truly interested
in linguistic diversity.

New journals are always more than welcome, but they should be created
in a true spirit of inter-hemispheric collaboration aimed at further
promoting local development in South American communities and
institutions.  I strongly encourage the colleagues on this list to
take a look at our website and get acquainted with the work of this
new generation of South Americanists (which includes, of course, a
number of Europeans and North Americans).  One of the main goals of
the website is to break with an academic model in which a few
"authorities" (such as the Ethnologue and prominent linguists) are
considered as ultimate sources on the languages of the continent.
After all, linguists actively and directly involved with the
indigenous communities are the true "authorities" on the languages
they study.



On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM, Frank Seifart <frank_seifart at eva.mpg.de> wrote:
> There is in fact a journal for South American, especially Amazonian,
> languages, free, online and double-blind peer reviewed:
> http://www.etnolinguistica.org/cadernos:home
> All it needs to really lift off is more contributions!
> Greetings,
> Frank
>>> 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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>>>> Department of Linguistics
>>>> University of New Mexico
>>>> MSC03-2130
>>>> Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
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