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Tue Jul 27 2021

Calls: General Linguistics / Studii de lingvistica (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 14-Jul-2021
From: Daciana Vlad <>
Subject: General Linguistics / Studii de lingvistica (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Studii de lingvistica

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance; Germanic

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2021

Call for papers:

Journal Studii de lingvistică, issue 12-2/ December 2022
Coordinators: Alina Tigău and Ioana Stoicescu (University of Bucharest)

Experimental Methods in Language Exploration:

Experimental data are becoming increasingly important in the pool of empirical facts that linguists look at. The use of experimental approaches has had a long history in phonetics and phonology but it has been extended very fruitfully to syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and language acquisition. It has been argued that experiments provide non-biased data, more representative than the professional linguist’s judgments (Katsos and Cummins 2010).

For instance, experimental syntax has been rapidly growing as a field of research, given the view that it is fundamentally connected to theoretical syntax and that the experimental tools resorted to will prove valuable in answering new or crucial theoretical syntax questions, which ‘become more tractable when the informal judgement collection methods are formalized using experimental syntax techniques’ (Sprouse 2015). Thus, random sampling, gradient judgments or factorial logic have now become standard tools of analysis in the aim of doing away with spurious results and supplying reliable data.

Experimental methods have also been successfully implemented in language acquisition research to study the development of a wide range of linguistic structures and categories such as relative clauses, tense, lexical aspect, or scalar implicatures. Experiments can be designed to focus both on the comprehension or production of these elements. A very effective investigative method used to explore the comprehension of various linguistic structures is, for instance, the truth value judgment task (Crain and Thornton 1998).

In response to these recent developments in linguistic research, the journal seeks papers for a special issue on the use of experimental methods in linguistics. It invites articles in any subfield of linguistics, on any topic, employing experiment-based approaches and investigating data that can be either purely experimental or extracted from text corpora. Varia articles can also be submitted, as well as book reviews.


Crain, Stephen and Rosalind Thornton. 1998. Investigations in Universal Grammar: A Guide to Experiments on the Acquisition of Syntax and Semantics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Katsos, Napoleon and Chris Cummins. 2010. Pragmatics: From Theory to Experiment and Back Again, Language and Linguistics Compass 4(5): 282–295.
Sprouse, Jon. 2015. Three open questions in experimental syntax. Linguistics Vanguard, 1(1):


Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of 1-2 pages presenting the paper and including references and 5 keywords. The author’s affiliation should also be mentioned. Abstracts are to be submitted to and
Papers should be written in French or English. The selected articles will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.


Abstract submission: September 15 2021
Response to contributors: October 15 2021
Article submission: March 15 2022
(Guidelines on
Evaluation of the articles and return to authors: March-July 2022
Reception of the final version of the articles: August 31 2022
Publication: December 2022


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