Key Journals in Sociolinguistics

  • Journal of Sociolinguistics is one of the premier venues for cutting-edge sociolinguistics research. The journal has a broad focus on sociolinguistics, and publishes work ┬áboth in quantitative (language variation and change) and qualitative (discourse analysis, ethnography) paradigms. The journal frequently publishes debates between leaders in the field on current issues, as well as special issues reflecting up-to-the-moment developments in sociolinguistics.
  • Language in Society has a long tradition of publishing high quality articles in sociolinguistics. With an equally broad focus as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society also champions work in linguistic anthropology as well as interdisciplinary inquiry into how language contributes to the construction and maintenance of personal identities, groups and institutions.
  • Discourse and Society is a key journal in discourse analysis with a focus on the relationship between discourse practices, public discourses, and aspects of social life. Discourse and Society is an excellent resource for articles on institutional discourse and communication, as well as mediated and mass communication.
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology is an important resource for ethnographic studies of language practices in many diverse cultural contexts, as well as for studies of interactional identity construction and community making.
  • Text & Talk is an interdisciplinary journal focused on discourse, communication studies, and institutions. Edited by Srikant Sarangi (a prominent healthcare communication researcher) the journal frequently features articles on discourse in a wide variety of professional and institutional settings.
  • Journal of English Linguistics publishes research in all areas of linguistics that deals with data from any variety of the English language. This is a great resource for articles on English language variation and change, existing and emerging dialects of English, and world Englishes.
  • Language and Linguistics Compass publishes overviews, surveys, and meta-analyses on topics in all areas of linguistics. An indispensable research for those looking for concise and rigorous treatments of foundational and current research on specific constructs (e.g. Community of Practice, ethnicity), or language in specific types of communities and institutions.
  • Narrative Inquiry publishes work in discourse analysis with a specific focus on the role of narrative in constructing identities, communities, and histories.
  • Journal of Pragmatics has a broad focus on linguistic pragmatics, and is a great resource for articles in the Conversation Analysis tradition, dealing with both linguistic (e.g. turn-taking) and extralinguistic (e.g. laughter, gaze, bodily hexis) aspects of talk-in-interaction.
  • American Speech is the journal of the American Dialect Society. In addition to publishing a broad range of articles dealing with the dialects of American English – their history, spread, variation and change – the journal also focuses on dialectology and language change more broadly.
  • Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication is an interesting interdisciplinary journal dealing with interactions and representations of multilingual speakers and communities across modalities, including the press, cinema, and other public discourses.
  • Intercultural Pragmatics has a dual, linguistic and cultural, focus on issues of pragmatics across cultures and in cross-linguistic contact situations.