[Lingtyp] Journal of Amazonian Languages

Hein van der Voort hvoort at xs4all.nl
Wed Nov 12 19:51:00 UTC 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I´m happy to see the existing initiatives and platforms for Amazonian
linguistics mentioned on this list, such as the Cadernos de
Etnolingüística and LIAMES. In addition to these excellent double-blind
peer-reviewed journals there is yet another one I should mention. The
trimestral Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (Ciências Humanas) is
one of the main journals on the anthropology, archaeology and history of
the Amazon region, and linguistics is on the rise. Several issues have
been dedicated to Amazonian linguistics recently, and a new one is being
prepared for the second trimester of 2015. The “Boletim” publishes
articles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. The journal is
available in printed form at a modest price and is freely accessible
online in PDF format at:


Dedicated issues are 2/2 (2007) and 8/2 (2013) - go to Coleção, click on
a cover or year, and drag the table of contents upwards. Proposals can be
sent to the scientific editor Nelson Sanjad (boletim at museu-goeldi.br).

Furthermore, in reply to Joseph Farquharson´s proposal of an Amerindian
book series, I should also mention the existence of Brill´s Studies in
the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, founded in 2010 and published
by Brill in Leiden. Up until now seven volumes have been published and
four more are about to appear. The titles can be found at:


The series includes monographs, edited volumes, text collections and
descriptive grammars that should not only be of interest to Americanists
but also to typologists, theoretical linguists, linguists in general and
scholars of related disciplines. Proposals are evaluated and commented by
the series editors and manuscripts get double-blind peer-reviews.
Proposals can be sent to acquisitions editor language & linguistics Irene
van Rossum (rossum at brill.com) or assistant editor language & linguistics
Stephanie Paalvast (Paalvast at brill.com).

Best regards,
Hein van der Voort

Op Wo, 12 november, 2014 15:39, schreef Eduardo Ribeiro:
> 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:
> http://revistas.iel.unicamp.br/index.php/liames/
> 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.
> Abraços,
> Eduardo
> 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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>>>>> Ian Maddieson
>>>>> Department of Linguistics
>>>>> University of New Mexico
>>>>> MSC03-2130
>>>>> Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
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