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Executive Editors
Dan Dediu
Bart de Boer

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The Journal of Language Evolution is concerned with the question of how language came to be and how it came to be the way it is today. All articles will be freely available online throughout 2016 and 2017.

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Language evolution needs its own journal

Editors Dan Dediu and Bard de Boer introduce the Journal of Language Evolution in their editorial:

"Interest in the origins and evolution of language has been around for as long as language has been around. However, only recently has the empirical study of language come of age. We argue that the field has sufficiently advanced that it now needs its own journal—the Journal of Language Evolution."

New frontiers in evolutionary linguistics

“languages weren’t created differently, but became different as their speakers spread out across the world and lost touch over millennia. So the real question is, what caused them to become so different? Are there limits on how different they can become?

In this blog post, based on the Target Article in issue 1 of Journal of Language Evolution, Sean Roberts looks at evidence that suggests the climate affected the development of human language.

Call for papers

Submissions from across the disciplines of language evolution are welcomed for the following article types:

  • Research articles (3,000-8,000 words)
  • Introductions and How-tos (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Short reports (maximum 3,000 words)
  • Target Articles and Debates (8,000-10,000 words)
  • Reviews (3,000-8,000 words)
  • Methodology (5,000 words)

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