Journal of Language Contact

Evolution of Languages, Contact and Discourse

Editors-in-Chief: Henning Schreiber and Peter Siemund
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The Journal of Language Contact (JLC) is a peer-reviewed open access journal. It focuses on the study of language contact, language use and language change in accordance with a view of language contact whereby both empirical data (the precise description of languages and how they are used) and the resulting theoretical elaborations (hence the statement and analysis of new problems) become the primary engines for advancing our understanding of the nature of language. This involves linguistic, anthropological, historical, and cognitive factors. Such an approach makes a major new contribution to understanding language change at a time when there is a notable increase of interest and activity in this field.
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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Henning Schreiber, University of Hamburg
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg
Associate Editor: Alexandra Aikhenvald, Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Founding Editor: Robert Nicolaï, University of Nice

Editorial Board
Tucker Childs, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, Portland, USA
Françoise Gadet, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, Paris, France
Maarten Kossmann, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Isabelle Léglise, CNRS, Paris, France
Georges Lüdi, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Yaron Matras, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Marianne Mithun, Department of Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA
Annie Montaut, INALCO, Paris, France
Maarten Mous, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Salikoko Mufwene, The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Martine Vanhove, CNRS, Paris, France
Rainer Vossen, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Donald Winford, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Ghil`ad Zuckermann, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Advisory Board
Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Jeffrey Heath, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Bernd Heine, Lingiustics and African Studies, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Pieter Muysken, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Carol Myers-Scotton, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Malcolm Ross, The Australian National University, Linguistics, College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra, Australia
Andrée Tabouret-Keller, Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
Sarah G. Thomason, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Ekkehard Wolff, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Petr Zima, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Biographical Note

Henning Schreiber (PhD 2006 in African Linguistics, University of Frankfurt) is Professor in African Linguistics at the University of Hamburg since 2016. He has worked on historical comparative linguistics, language typology and has done extensive field research in African sociolinguistics and contact-induced variation. His publications include works on comparative linguistics, language contact, social network sociolinguistics and areal linguistics.
Peter Siemund (PhD 1997 in English Linguistics, FU Berlin) has been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg since 2001. He pursues a crosslinguistic typological approach in his work on reflexivity and self-intensifiers, pronominal gender, interrogative constructions, speech acts and clause types, argument structure, tense and aspect, varieties of English, language contact, and multilingual development.
Alexandra Aikhenvald (PhD 1984 in Linguistics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Doctor of Letters 2006, La Trobe University) is Professor and Research Leader (People and Societies of the Tropics) at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. She has published extensively on area linguistics and language contact, and linguistic and cultural features of South America and New Guinea, in addition to several grammars of Arawak languages from Amazonia. She is the author of seminal monographs Classifiers, Evidentiality and Imperatives and commands, and has also published on other issues in linguistic typology.
Robert Nicolaï (Docteur es Lettres en linguistique 1979, Alexander von Humboldt Research Award 1997, Membre Senior de l’Institut Universitaire de France 2004) is Emeritus Professor at the University of Nice. He is a specialist in the field of Songhay linguistics and published important studies on the Songhay dialects and sociolects. These studies led him to pose more general and theoretical questions concerning the methods and limits of the comparative-historical approach to languages without written historical sources and the theory of language change, enriching his ideas with new, unexpected and challenging reflections in the field of research cognition, sociolinguistics and epistemology.