Notes for Contributors to [HISTORY OF


History of Language is concerned with the history, origin and diversification of language. This means that papers concerning reconstruction and historical linguistics, taxonomy, typology, dialectology, language change and grammaticalisation, language contact and lexical transfer and related issues are preferred, although all contributions will be considered. We encourage works of linguistic historiography, especially in relation to historical linguistics. Book reviews are also invited, and reviewers are sought. Potential reviewers should contact the review editors, Paul Sidwell or Neile Kirk, to discuss obtaining books for review; alternatively, reviewers are encouraged to approach publishers directly to obtain titles for review in History of Language Members and non-members are encouraged to contribute. Submission of a major article, or two book reviews, entitles the contributor to one year's subscription, without charge.


Contributions by mail should be sent to the postal address given on the AHL homepage. We prefer submissions to be on a Macintosh-formatted diskette, in Microsoft Word 5; failing that, contributors should ensure their submissions are in a form readily accessible to the editors --- i.e. rtf-encoded (on either a Macintosh or a PC diskette), or on one of the more widely available word processing packages. At least one hard copy should be included. If submission is by hard copy only, three double spaced typed copies of the manuscript should be sent.


Offprints will be sent to authors on request.

Style Guide

Fonts will be: Times for normal text, Times Diacrit (TimDiacritPlus) for standard diacritics, SIL Doulos IPA 93 for IPA transcription, Kadmos or Ismini for Greek, and Constantin for Cyrillic. For non-IPA transcriptions, or other languages not using the Latin alphabet, the editor should be consulted.

Phonetic or phonological and reconstructed examples cited in text will be in bold; others will be in italics. Phonetic or phonological transcriptions enclosed in square brackets or obliques will be in plain text. For example:

"Thus, the PK form comes from a source something like *[xwi^stu] and hence the best PK reconstruction is *xus1t-, and not **xut-."
"Die comes from Old Norse deyja"
Do not indent paragraphs --- particularly not with tabs. Do not separate paragraphs with additional carriage returns. For examples with morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, morphemes will be separated by tab stops, rather than by means of the space bar.

The Harvard system of referencing should be employed; that is, in-text referencing with a full alphabetical listing of works cited at the end of the manuscript, not in footnotes. For example:

'As pointed out by Stalin (1951:303)...'
'Commenting on the state of general incompetence among American linguists, Antilla (1992:36) remarks...'
which should appear in the references as:
Stalin, I. V. 1951. Sochinenia (Tom 1) Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo politicheskoj literatury, Moscow.
Anttila, R. 1992. Historical explanation in Historical Linguistics. In Davis W. & G. Iverson (eds.), Explanation in Historical Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 84), 17-40. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
Note that the title of the book or journal should be underlined. For journal articles the page numbers should also appear. If the reference did not originally appear in Latin script, it may be reproduced either in the original, or in transcription. Transcriptions should be according to internationally accepted norms.
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