Skip to main content Accessibility help
  • ISSN: 0047-4045 (Print), 1469-8013 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Susan Ehrlich York University, Canada, and Professor Tommaso Milani The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Editorial board
Language in Society is an international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with language and discourse as aspects of social life. The journal publishes empirical articles of general theoretical, comparative or methodological interest to students and scholars in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and related fields. Language in Society aims to strengthen international scholarship and interdisciplinary conversation and cooperation among researchers interested in language and society by publishing work of high quality which speaks to a wide audience. In addition to original articles, the journal publishes reviews and notices of the latest important books in the field as well as occasional theme and discussion sections.

Call for Proposals for Special Issue of Language in Society (2026)

Language in Society publishes a special issue of the journal once a year. As editors, we aim to make the selection process for these issues relatively transparent by issuing an annual call for proposals with a set deadline, thereby avoiding a ‘first-come-first-serve’ system. The proposals are reviewed by the editors and relevant members of the editorial board (i.e., editorial board members with expertise in the subject matter of the proposed special issue). We seek collections of articles that make a significant contribution to the advancement of the study of language in society by pushing current debates forward in innovative ways or by taking discussions in new directions. We are looking for collections of papers that connect in meaningful ways with each other and which cohere to form something more than the sum of the collection’s parts.

The deadline for proposals for the special issue for 2026 is August 31st, 2024. Proposals should describe the contribution of the collection as a whole in approximately 1000 words and should also include 150-word abstracts from authors of the individual papers. Proposals should be e-mailed to by the deadline. Please address any questions to the editors at this same email address.

Other sociolinguistics journals from Cambridge