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FYI: Functions of Language (FoL): New Editorial Team and Publication Rhythm

Author: Karin Plijnaar

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

FYI Body: The editorial team of Functions of Language (FoL) is pleased to welcome Martin Hilpert as new editor. Martin succeeds Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen, who co-founded the journal in 1994 and has been part of the editorial team ever since. Martin Hilpert is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Neuch√Ętel. His work focuses on grammar and lexis, both in synchrony and in diachrony, which he studies through the use of innovative corpus-based methods. For full detail on Martin, please see his professional website at http://members.unine.ch/martin.hilpert/. While it is with great regret that we say goodbye to Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen, we are also confident that Martin will bring new energy and above all new ideas, knowledge and expertise to the editorial team.

To profile the journal even more strongly as the leading international outlet for the publication of research from the full spectrum of functionalist linguistics, the new editorial team has decided to increase the publication rhythm of the journal from two to three issues per year. The journal continues to invite papers that explore the functionalist perspective on the organization and use of natural language, seeking to bring out the fundamental unity behind the various schools of thought while stimulating discussion among functionalists. It encourages the interplay of theory and description, and provides space for the detailed analysis, qualitative or quantitative, of linguistic data from a broad range of languages.

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