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Rajiv Rao, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Associate Editors:
Sara Beaudrie, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Cristina Flores, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Hui Huang, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Joe Salmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Gregory Scontras, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
Sabine Zerbian, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Book Review Editors:
Oksana Laleko, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York, USA
Julio Torres, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, USA

Managing Editor:
Arturo Díaz, UCLA Center for World Languages, Los Angeles, USA

Founding Editors:
Kathleen Dillon and Maria Polinsky

Editorial Board:
Ad Backus, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Elabbas Benmamoun, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Arianna Berardi-Wiltshire, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Annick De Houwer, Harmonious Bilingualism Network, Belgium
Grant Goodall, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
Agnes He, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA
Michael Hornsby, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznań, Poland
Kimi Kondo-Brown, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Mānoa, Hawaii, USA
Tanja Kupisch, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Joseph Lo Bianco, Prof. em., University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Terje Lohndal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim & University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Andrew Lynch, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Glenn A. Martinez, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA
John McWhorter, Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA
Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
Naomi Nagy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Maryland, USA
Kim Potowski, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Michael Putnam, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Ben Rampton, King's College London, London, UK
Hongyin Tao, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Guadalupe Valdés, Prof. em., Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Li Wei, University College London, London, UK
Virginia Zavala, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

Russell N. Campbell, Olga E. Kagan, and Richard Schmidt were on the journal's founding Editorial Board.
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Rajiv Rao is a Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and an affiliate of the Language Sciences Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research on segmental and suprasegmental aspects of phonetics and phonology (mainly as they relate to Spanish) probes questions related to heritage speaker bilingualism, language contact, second language acquisition and pronunciation, and sociolinguistics. He previously served as an associate editor for HLJ.

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The Heritage Language Journal (HLJ) was established in 2002 by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Its aim is to provide a forum for scholars to disseminate research and knowledge about heritage and community languages. It publishes original research studies and book reviews related to acquisition, use and pedagogy of heritage and community languages from the perspectives of applied and theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language pedagogy, language policy, and other relevant fields.

Peer Review Policy: The Heritage Language Journal (HLJ) is a double-anonymous peer reviewed journal. Each article published has been reviewed anonymously by at least two external reviewers. This includes articles published in special issues.

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