Journal of Sociolinguistics

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Edited By: Allan Bell

Impact Factor: 1.729

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 13/169 (Linguistics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9841

Virtual Issues

Journal of Sociolinguistics virtual issues

In Honour of John Gumperz
This virtual issue is dedicated to the extraordinary influence of John Gumperz’s work across sociolinguistics, from dialectology and bilingualism to interaction and linguistic anthropology. The selection of articles here, taken from past issues of the Journal of Sociolinguistics, attests to the foundational and lasting impact of his contributions, which continue to shape sociolinguistic theory and contemporary debates today.

Language and the City
The theme of this virtual issue—Language and the City—parallels the theme of the 2012 Sociolinguistics Symposium. This selection of work from the Journal of Sociolinguistics reminds us of the many ways in which we understand the sociology of cities through the close study of language.

Sociolinguistic Variation
To mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) conference, the Journal of Sociolinguistics has assembled a free virtual issue that highlights a few key contributions to our understanding of sociolinguistic variation, all published in the Journal of Sociolinguistics starting with its first issue in 1997.


Journal of Sociolinguistics News

John Gumperz In Memoriam

John J. Gumperz, one of the founders of the field to which this journal is devoted, left us on March 29, 2013, a few months after his 91st birthday. True to form, he found this to be a ridiculously early age to have one’s body begin to fail. When Jim Collins and I thought about organizing a panel at the American Anthropological Association to mark our former Ph.D. supervisor’s 75th birthday and official retirement from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, we approached John with some trepidation. Unsurprisingly, his response was "I’m not dead yet!".

Marco Jacquemet (another former student) organized another AAA panel to mark John’s 90th birthday, in November 2012. The room was overflowing, and his legacy apparent as his students, their students, and their students’ students came together with friends, colleagues and people who were just plain interested to talk about the conceptual and human ties which still bind us after all these years. We knew then that we were saying goodbye, struck nonetheless by the strength of the ideas and the emotion John inspired, and inspires still. Click here to continue reading.

Submitting an Article

Scholar One

The editors of the Journal of Sociolinguistics receive many, many more submissions than they can publish. Over the past year, the editorial team have surveyed their experience of incoming papers and have put together a list of features that will maximize your chances of having a paper accepted for publication with the journal.

Authors will now be able to submit their papers to the Journal of Sociolinguistics online using ScholarOne Manuscripts.  Please click here to view the many benefits of online submission.