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  • ISSN: 0272-2631 (Print), 1470-1545 (Online)
  • Editor: Susan Gass Michigan State University, USA
  • Editorial board
Studies in Second Language Acquisition is a refereed journal of international scope devoted to the scientific discussion of acquisition or use of non-native and heritage languages. Each volume (five issues) contains research articles of either a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods nature in addition to essays on current theoretical matters. Other rubrics include Replication Studies, Critical Commentaries, State-of-the-Scholarship, Methods Forum, and Research Reports.

Albert Valdman Award 2020

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Albert Valdman Award for outstanding publication in 2020 is:

“Predicting language proficiency in bilingual children” by Cécile De Cat 

Please join us in congratulating Cécile on her contribution to the journal and to the field.

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Cambridge Extra at LINGUIST List

  • 25 years of English Language and Linguistics
  • 13 July 2021, Jen Malat
  • English Language and Linguistics has reached volume 25. We four current editors are proud to be associated with the journal, and – in celebration of this quarter-century ELL was founded in the mid-1990s (with first publication in 1997) by Bas Aarts, David Denison and Richard Hogg. They wrote in their editors’ note in the first issue that they began the journal because of a perceived need to offer a forum which “covers the range that ELL is intended to cover, a ‘natural class’ of research interests which deserves to be treated in one place”. They described this . . . → Read More: 25 years of English Language and Linguistics...
  • Verbal hugs don’t lie
  • 31 May 2021, Dan Iredale
  • Written by Martina Wiltschko (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) When we talk to each other, we interact in ways that go beyond telling each other about ourselves and the world around us. We let our interlocutors know what we think and how we feel; we can share our attitudes towards each other and the things we talk about. We do this by using language dedicated to interaction and which does not contribute to the content of what we say. The mood of a conversation changes dramatically when the language of content (you made it) is enriched with interactional language (oh wow), bold-face in (1-2). (1) Ann: Oh wow, you made it, eh? Beth: I know, right? (2) Charlie: Damn. I’m sick. Dorian: Oh no! Get better, okay? Without interactional language the . . . → Read More: Verbal hugs don’t lie...
  • Inaugural JIPA Most Illustrative Illustration Prize
  • 04 May 2021, Jen Malat
  • The Journal of the International Phonetic Association is delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural JIPA Most Illustrative Illustration Prize, as voted Congratulations to all the authors of Kalasha (Bumburet variety)! Congratulations also to the authors of the other shortlisted Illustrations: Ambel Kejom (Babanki) Zhushan Mandarin These Illustrations represent languages spoken in Pakistan, Indonesia (West Papua), Cameroon . . . → Read More: Inaugural JIPA Most Illustrative Illustration Prize...


Related book - Introducing Second Language Acquisition