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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: New journal: "Language under Discussion"

Below please find a call for papers for a new open-access 
journal?*Language Under Discussion*. Philosophers of language and 
communication, among others, are all welcome to send in their 
contributions. Also, feel free to share this call with potentially 
interested individuals and on relevant mailing lists.

Thanks, The *Language Under Discussion* editorial team 

*Language Under Discussion* ?a new open-access 
peer-reviewed journal devoted to promoting open-minded debate on central 
questions in the study of language, from all relevant disciplinary and 
theoretical perspectives?is looking for open-minded and original authors, 
volunteer reviewers, and, once the first issue is out, interested readers 
from all academic disciplines that deal with human languages in one way or 

*Language Under Discussion* is a journal that seeks, unapologetically, to 
promote scholarly discussion of the "big" questions about language - such 
questions as: What kind of a thing is language? What is the nature of 
linguistic meaning? How to best conceptualize structure and regularity in 
human languages? What is the role language plays in culture and how do 
cultural phenomena reflect on language? What are the roles of cognition 
and communication in language? ? We believe that specialized and 
applied studies are at their best when they are informed by a vision or 
model of language in general and reflect back on it, just as 
theoretical discussions are only truly valuable when grounded in empirical 

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if 
already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. The 
journal's website can be found at the following URL:

Each issue of the journal will be composed of a focus paper and discussion 
notes responding to it. An issue will remain "open" for adding discussion 
notes to it for a year after the focus paper is out, after which the 
author(s) of the focus paper will be invited to respond to the discussion 
notes. In addition, the journal will occasionally feature round-table 

Insofar as formatting citations and other technical aspects of style are 
concerned, LUD will publish papers in any consistent style (we recommend 
using one of the major standards, such as the APA style, the MLA style, 
the Chicago Manual of Style, as appropriate within your discipline). A 
list of references should appear at the end of each paper. It is the 
responsibility of the author(s) to obtain and present permissions for 
reproducing copyrighted materials in the paper, if any.

Authors should state their argument clearly and be explicit about their 
assumptions, their conclusions, and the implications of their work for our 
understanding of language. Write in a way that would explain your ideas, 
not hide them, and provoke your readers to respond.

Please remember that your paper's readers come from different disciplines. 
This means you should explicitly state, and if necessary, explain, the 
theoretical framework (or frameworks) within which you are working. 
Assuming everybody knows does not work. Also, please avoid using jargon 
and keep the use of abbreviations and acronyms only for those rare 
occasions on which it would improve the readability of your text. Remember 
that the same term or abbreviation often has conflicting uses in different 
disciplines and fields and remember to define key terms according to the 
ways in which you use them.

No fees of any kind will be levied on the journal's authors or readers at 
any stage.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their 
submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions 
may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

    - The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before
    another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided 
    Comments to the Editor).
    - The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document
    file format.
    - Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
    - The text layout is reasonably legible (we recommend using 1.5 line
    spacing and 12pt fonts).
    - The text adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author
    Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal, and ends with a list 
    - No information identifying the author(s), including self-citations,
    first-person references, headers with names, acknowledgements, etc.,
    remains in the text if submitted for blind review (when necessary, 
    references can be restored at the copy-editing stage).

This call for papers is ongoing and there is no specific deadline. To 
contact the co-editors for any purpose, please write us at: