Language Under Discussion

Language Under Discussion is an open-access peer-reviewed journal devoted to promoting open-minded debate on central questions in the study of language, from all relevant disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Our journal seeks, unapologetically, to promote scholarly discussion of the “big” ques­tions about language — such questions as: What kind of a thing is language? What is the nature of linguistic meaning? How to best conceptualize structure and regularity in human languages? What is the role language plays in culture and how do cultural phenomena reflect on language? What are the roles of cognition and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in language? — We believe that specialized and applied studies are at their best when they are informed by a vision or model of lan­gu­a­ge in general and reflect back on it, just as theoretical discussions are only truly valuable when grounded in empirical research.

Open issues

Language Under Discussion issues remain open for one year so that readers may send in discussion notes in response to the focus article the issue features. Notes accepted for publication after peer review will be published in the same issue, and the author of the focus article will close the issue with a response to the published notes.

Currently open issues:

Vol 4, No 1 (2016). Focus article: "Linguistic structure: A plausible theory", by Sydney Lamb.

Vol 3, No 1 (2015). Focus article: “Contradictions in fiction: Structuralism vs. Jacques Derrida and deconstruction”, by Joanna Klara Teske. Discussion notes by Lizzie Stewart-Shaw and Marla Perkins.

Recently closed:

Vol 2, No 1 (2014). Focus article: “Pragmatism as ventriloquism: Creating a dialogue among seven traditions in the study of communication”, by François Cooren. Discussion notes by: Chris Russill, John A. Barnden, Ronald C. Arnett, Elizabeth D. Wilhoit, Mariaelena Bartesaghi, and Barbara Fultner (response by François Cooren upcoming).

Vol 1, No 1 (2013). Focus article: “Small Model Languages as Tools for Reflection”, by Paul Rastall. Discussion notes by: Per Aage Brandt, Karen Sullivan, and Sergeiy Sandler. Reply to comments by Paul Rastall.

You can no longer submit discussion notes for publication in closed issues, but you are welcome to continue the debate in the form of web comments.

Call for papers and reviewers

Language Under Discussion is looking for volunteer reviewers, for open-minded and original authors, and interested readers from all academic disciplines that deal with human languages in one way or another. Please follow the instructions on this site to register as authors, reviewers, or readers (see sidebar on the right) and make submissions . To contact the co-editors for any purpose, please write us at: