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We are happy to offer Volume 2.1 of the Journal of Linguistic Geography. Readers who want a more detailed introduction to the concept of the journal should see the Foreword in Volumes 1.1 and 1.2.

In the short life of the journal, we have, as of 2.1, offered papers with computational, historical, and perceptual/attitudinal foci. These have dealt with American and British English, German, Dutch, Peninsular Spanish and Nyamwezi (Bantu, Tanzania); items accepted and/or under revision will expand the language inventory of the journal to Flemish, Polish, and Caribbean Spanish and continue to focus on the central questions of dialectology as outlined in our Foreword to Volume 1. We remind readers that the editors also seek to publish geographically focused work in typology, believing that explanations for and accounts of the distribution of linguistic features that link and separate languages ought to be of interest to those who seek the same answers for dialects, and vice versa. We also welcome substantial reviews of important new works in linguistic geography.

We continue to work with Cambridge University Press to upgrade and expand the audio and graphics capabilities of the journal. As we outlined in our Foreword to Volume 1, the web is surely the right place for linguistic geography; it not only enhances the quality and easy updating of visual data, but also provides the optimum setting for the understanding of such data and allows easy and immediate linkage to audio examples and raw data inventories.

We again attach to this Foreword, as in Volume 1, the list of our distinguished Editorial Board members. Potential contributors are advised to survey some of their exemplary published work, provided in the list, to get a feel for the breadth of topics we encourage. Please do not hesitate to contact us at <> if your have a question about the appropriateness of your work for the journal.

Editorial Board

Willem F. H. Adelaar (Universiteit Leiden)

Cajamarca Quechua and the expansion of the Huari state. 2012. In P. Heggarty & D. Beresford-Jones (eds.), Archaeology and language in the Andes. A cross-disciplinary exploration of prehistory. Proceedings of the British Academy 173:197–217. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

Balthasar Bickel (Universität Zürich)

Distributional typology: Statistical inquiries into the dynamics of linguistic diversity. In press. In B. Heine & H. Narrog (eds.), The Oxford handbook of linguistic analysis, 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at

Walter Bisang (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Dialectology and typology — an integrative perspective. 2004. In B. Kortmann (ed.), Dialectology meets typology: Dialect grammar from a crosslinguistic perspective, 11–45. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

David Britain (Universität Bern)

‘Big bright lights’ versus ‘green and pleasant land’? The unhelpful dichotomy of ‘urban’ v ‘rural’ in dialectology. 2009. In E. Al-Wer and R. de Jong (eds.), Arabic dialectology, 223–248. Leiden: Brill.

J. K. Chambers (University of Toronto)

Geolinguistics of literacy. 2010. In A. Lameli, R. Kehrein, & S. Rabanus (eds.), Language and space: An international handbook of linguistic variation, vol. 2: Language mapping. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 30.2), 627–643, Map 3201. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Michael Cysouw (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Quantitative explorations of the world-wide distribution of rare characteristics, or: The exceptionality of north-western European languages. 2011. In H. Simon & H. Wiese (eds.), Expecting the unexpected, 411–431. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Available at

Hans Goebl (Universität Salzburg)

Dialectometry: Theoretical prerequisites, practical problems, and concrete applications (mainly with examples drawn from the “Atlas linguistique de la France”, 1902-1910). 2010. Dialectologia (Special issue 1) 63–77. Available at

Ton Goeman (Meertens Institute)

The landscape of Dutch past participle suffixes: Eastern and other dialects. 2009. In A. N. Lenz, C. Gooskens & S. Reker (eds.), Low Saxon dialects across borders-Niedersaechsische Dialekte ueber Grenzen hinweg. ZDL Beihefte 138, 217–244. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Tom Güldemann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Sprachraum and geography: Linguistic macro-areas in Africa. 2010. In A. Lameli, R. Kehrein & S. Rabanus (eds.), Language and space: An international handbook of linguistic variation, vol. 2: Language mapping. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 30.2), 561–585, Maps 2901–2914. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

David Heap (University of Western Ontario)

Morphosyntactic theory needs Iberian linguistic geography (and vice-versa). 2008. Dialectologia 1. 45–64. Available at

Fumio Inoue (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Classification of dialects by image: English and Japanese. 1999. In D. Preston (ed.), Handbook of perceptual dialectology, vol. 1, 147–159. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Ernst Håkon Jahr (Agder University)

Social dialect influence in language change: The halting of a sound change in Oslo Norwegian. In J. Fisiak (ed.), Historical dialectology: Regional and social, 329–335. Berlin/New York/Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter.

Brian Joseph (The Ohio State University)

Lexical diffusion and the regular transmission of language change in its socio-historical context. 2011. In J. M. Hernández-Campoy (ed.), The handbook of historical sociolinguistics, 408–426. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Miklós Kontra (University of Szeged)

Changing mental maps and morphology: Divergence caused by international border changes. 2003. In D. Britain and J. Cheshire (eds.), Social dialectology: In honour of Peter Trudgill, 173–190. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

William Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia)

Language variation and complex systems. 2010. American Speech 85. 263–286

Yolanda Lastra (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)

Apuntes sobre la dialectología del otomí. 2004. In P. M. Butragueño (ed.), Estudios sobre cambio lingüístico, 33–52. México: El Colegio de México.

Jean Léo Léonard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)

Léonard, J. L., V. Dell'Aquila, & A. Gaillard-Corvaglia. 2012. The ALMaz (Atlas Lingüístico Mazateco): From geolinguistic data processing to typological traits. STUF - Language Typology and Universals: 65(1). 78–94.

April McMahon (Aberystwyth University)

Maguire, W., A. McMahon, P. Heggarty, & D. Dediu. 2010. The past, present and future of English dialects: Quantifying convergence, divergence and dynamic equilibrium. Language Variation and Change 22(1). 1–36.

Francisco Moreno-Fernández (Universidad de Alcalá)

Análisis cuantitativo de campos léxicos. 1999. In J. M. Blecua, G. Claverìa, C. Sánchez & J. Torruella. (eds.), Filología e informática, 357–388. Barcelona: Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

John Nerbonne (University of Groningen)

Wieling, M., J. Nerbonne & H. Baayen. Quantitative social dialectology: Explaining linguistic variation geographically and socially. 2011. PLoS ONE 6(9). e23613. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023613. Available at

Marjatta Palander (University of Eastern Finland)

Palander, M., L. L. Opas-Hänninen, & F. Tweedie. 2003. Neighbours or enemies: Competing variants causing differences in transitional dialects. Computers and the humanities 37. 359–372.

Jürgen Erich Schmidt (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Language and space: The linguistic dynamics approach. 2010. In P. Auer & J. E. Schmidt (eds.), Language and space: An international handbook of linguistic variation, vol. 1: Theories and Methods (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 30.1), 201–225. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Tullio Telmon (Università degli Studi di Torino)

La geografia linguistica: Una scienza ambigua o una scienza duplice? 2010. Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia 33. 17–25.

M. R. Kalaya Tingsabadh (Chulalongkorn University)

Teerarojanarat, S. & and K. Tingsabadh. 2011. A GIS-based approach for dialect boundary studies. Dialectologia 6. 55–75. ISSN: 2013-2247. Available at

Peter Trudgill (Agder University)

Linguistic change and diffusion: Description and explanation in sociolinguistic dialect geography. 1973. Language in Society 3. 215–46.

Tom Wikle (Oklahoma State University)

Bailey, G., T. Wikle, J. Tillery, & L. Sand. 1993. Some patterns of linguistic diffusion. Language Variation and Change 5(3). 359–390.

Manfred Woidich (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Rural dialects of Egyptian Arabic: An overview. 1996. Égypte/Monde arabe, Première série, n° 27–28 Les langues en Égypte, 3e & 4e trim. Le Caire, 325–354. Available at