LINGUIST List 32.2866

Thu Sep 09 2021

Calls: General Linguistics / Entropy (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 08-Sep-2021
From: Kathleen Currie Hall <>
Subject: General Linguistics / Entropy (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Entropy

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2021

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on Information-Theoretic Approaches to Explaining Linguistic Structure

Information theory is a highly generic and powerful mathematical framework for analyzing communication systems. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in using this framework to understand linguistic structures. This is in part because language is a communication system that enables effective communication, subject to cognitive, physical, and social constraints, on how we encode, transmit, receive, decode, and store linguistic content. Information theory provides ways not only to formalize these constraints, but also ways to study how they affect the structure of the resulting communication systems. Information theory thus provides a bridge between linguistic function and linguistic form.

In this Special Issue, we invite contributions applying information theory to explain why and how particular linguistic phenomena arise at all levels of linguistic analysis, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as cross-cutting areas such as sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, acquisition, and language processing.

We hope this collection of papers will serve to create a theoretical common ground both within linguistics, and between linguistics and other fields that use information-theoretic principles as explanatory tools.

*Note that the deadline has been extended to 15 December 2021.

Complete information is available at:

Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall
Dr. Uriel Cohen Priva
Dr. Richard Futrell
Guest Editors

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