LINGUIST List only accepts reviews that have been solicited through the reviews system. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted. Normally, reviewers must have at least an MA or equivalent in linguistics or another relevant field in order to sign up to do a review.

Between the 1st and the 20th of each month:
Step 1: Log in to your LINGUIST user account. (If you do not have one already, you will be able to create one.)
Step 2: Ensure that your personal information is complete and up-to-date.
Step 3: Select and rank the book(s) (maximum 3) you would like to review from the month's AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW list.
Step 4: Confirm book selection.
Step 5: Receive email with the list of books that you submitted. You can log in again to make modifications to your selection between the 1st and the 20th of the month. On the 21st of each month, the list of books will no longer be available to make requests because the reviews team will be choosing reviewers.

By the end of the month:
Step 6: You will be notified by email if you have been selected as a reviewer for a book.
Step 7: Soon thereafter the publisher will send you the book.
Step 8: Be sure to read and follow the Guidelines for Review Content and Format before beginning your review.

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Thank you for your willingness to write a book review for the LINGUIST List. This document covers the mechanics of writing your review. Beyond the information provided here, we urge reviewers (especially less experienced reviewers) to look at recent LINGUIST book reviews for models of how to approach reviewing in particular subfields, particular types of books (e.g., monographs versus edited volumes or conference proceedings), and so on.

Once your review has been submitted, we will edit and post it if there are no substantial questions or changes. If we have questions or need to ask for revisions, we will send you an edited version and ask that you return revisions within two weeks.

Note that LINGUIST List only publishes reviews that have been solicited through the reviews system. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.

General Instructions

  1. A summary of the book's purpose and contents.
    For example, if you are reviewing a textbook, indicate what audience it is intended for, and briefly what it covers. If it is a monograph, summarize its main points without going into technical detail. If it is an edited collection of papers by different authors, state what each paper is about, and how they fit together.
    Please insert the header SUMMARY above this section.
  2. An evaluation:
    A high-quality review will normally include pointing out some of the book's merits and shortcomings, identifying problems, asking questions, and presenting positive or negative implications of the analyses. LINGUIST reviews are often the first evaluations of a book available to the linguistics community, and unlike paper journals, LINGUIST encourages authors and readers to reply and offers them the immediate opportunity to do so. In keeping with standard LINGUIST policy, reviewers must keep the tone of reviews scholarly and avoid attacking persons and institutions. This does not mean that the reviewer should avoid controversy or criticism, only that the tone of that criticism must be professional and scientific. Reviews that do not meet LINGUIST standards for scholarly discourse will be returned to the author for revision.
    When you write your evaluation section, consider the following questions:
    • Have you been explicit about whether the author(s) have achieved their goals with the book?
    • Is there a specific kind of audience the book would be especially good (or bad) for?
    • Have you contextualized the book, i.e., explained how it fits with other literature on the topic?
    • Does the volume cohere or not? (This is especially important for edited volumes.)
    • Is there potential future research that this work opens up or suggests, either empirically or theoretically?
    • Have you exemplified the points you raise in the evaluation clearly and concretely?
    Please insert the header EVALUATION at the beginning of this section.
  3. References
    A complete list of references to works that you have cited in the body of the review, if you have cited any. Where you cite references, give the authors' names and dates of publication, and page numbers if relevant.
    Put the complete references of citations at the end of the review. You may use any common reference style, though we encourage use of the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics.
  4. About the reviewer
    This section is no longer included with the review you submit. Instead, you will be asked to enter it as part of the on-line submission process. It should consist of a brief paragraph about yourself; e.g. your affiliation, research interests, specialization, etc. Please look at recently-posted reviews as examples.

Editorial Requirements for Reviews

  1. Length
    We recommend 1500 to 2500 words. Reviews of edited volumes tend to be somewhat longer, approximately 3500 words.
  2. Language
    Normally reviews are written in English. However, if a book is written in German or Spanish and aimed primarily at a German- or Spanish-speaking audience, the review may be written in that language. The review must contain a short summary at the beginning in English. Important: you must contact the review editors ahead of time if you plan to write your review in German or Spanish. If a review is written in another language without first consulting the Reviews Team, we reserve the right to reject the review.
  3. Acronyms
    If you use acronyms, even those you think every linguist knows, write them out in full at first mention, and put the acronym in parentheses
  4. Formatting
    • Do not use any special formatting, such as italics, boldface,underlining, paragraph spacing, superscripts, subscripts, or automatic hyphenation.
    • Do not include footnotes, tables or charts.
    • Make the best use of the resources at hand, such as single and double quotation marks and capitalization.
    • Please do not use the Tab character.
    • Insert a blank line between paragraphs.
    • Multiple spaces are automatically reduced to a single space when reviews are posted, so do not attempt to use spaces to - for example - line up examples with glosses.
  5. Special Characters
    If you need to use IPA or other special characters in your review, make sure to use a Unicode font.
  6. Edited volumes or handbooks
    Reviews of edited volumes or handbooks normally include a brief description of each chapter. In that situation, please give the title and author's full name for each chapter. (We recognize that for books with a large number of chapters, this is not always practical.)
  7. Citation
    One important issue is appropriate paraphrase and citation of the work of others, including from the book under review. We urge reviewers to consult a Writing Center, such as the one at UW-Madison

Some Practical Considerations

  1. Please submit your review within six weeks of receiving your copy of the book. If you are not able to complete the review in that time, please let the reviews team know.
  2. Keep an electronic copy of the version of the review that you send us, because your review may not reach us the first time you send it, it may become garbled in transmission, or because we may require revisions.
  3. You have the right to republish your review elsewhere. We ask only that you include the complete URL for your review as it appears in LINGUIST, as in: “This review appeared originally in the LINGUIST List at”
  4. Once your review is posted, you are welcome to keep the book.

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Major Supporters

Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
Continuum are pleased to present an ever-expanding Linguistics list. We are delighted to be publishing the Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday

Brill is a well-established international academic publishing house with offices in Leiden, the Netherlands and Boston, USA. Since 1683, Brill has produced excellent, high-quality publications in the Humanities and Law. Over the years Brill has gradually built up a strong reputation in the field of Languages & Linguistics, with a special focus on Afro-asiatic, Asian, African and Indo-European Languages. Therefore, Brill is very pleased to announce its support for the Linguist List. Following the launch of its catalog in the field of Languages & Linguistics in 2007, becoming a supporting publisher of the Linguist List is a natural step. Brill seeks to be part of the communities that matter most to their authors, editors and readers. We are here to meet you!

Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is an academic publisher aiming to promote knowledge and learning through the production and distribution of valuable academic works. We have recently made plans to expand our coverage which will now include all areas of the arts and humanities. We have an interest in publishing proceedings of established or promising new conferences, research monographs, and edited volumes of academic work. We do not at present publish textbooks or non-academic manuscripts.

Cambridge University Press
Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through publishing and printing.

De Gruyter Mouton
De Gruyter Mouton is one of the world’s leading publishers in the fields of linguistics and communication science. Based in Berlin, De Gruyter Mouton also have branches in Boston and in Beijing. Mouton publishes over 80 books every year as well as nearly 40 academic journals, and is particularly renowned for excellent reference books such as the Handbooks of Applied Linguistics and the Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK).

Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh University Press is a forward-looking, independent university press with a reputation for publishing books and journals of an enviably high quality in the humanities and social sciences. With titles spanning sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, TESOL, historical linguistics, theoretical linguistics, language studies, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics our Linguistics and English Language list offers students, teachers and researchers a range of titles that cater to all levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate through to lecturer. Edinburgh University Press publications are available world-wide through our network of agents and sales representatives. In North America we distribute the majority of our titles through our partners Oxford University Press.

Elsevier Ltd
Elsevier publishes journals, monographs, series and reference works in core, interdisciplinary and applied linguistics. In addition to the collection of language pathology titles published under the Academic Press imprint, Elsevier also publishes Pergamon, Ablex and North-Holland titles. All journals are available electronically through . For more information on Elsevier linguistics titles visit

Equinox Publishing Ltd
Equinox Publishing Ltd is an independent academic publisher founded in 2003 by Janet Joyce and based in London. In addition to our other subject areas, we publish textbooks and monographs in linguistics. We have a backlist of about 100 published titles in linguistics and we will publish another 12 to 15 new books each year. Our international group of series editors commission books from authors worldwide within 12 distinct series across various branches of linguistics. Since 2003, our list of academic journals in linguistics has grown in number to 10 and include the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Linguistics and the Human Sciences. Our publishing attains the highest academic standards and is gaining an international reputation.

Georgetown University Press
Georgetown University Press publishes scholarly books and journals for a diverse, worldwide readership. These publications, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, reflect the academic and institutional strengths of the university. We publish peer-reviewed works of academic distinction, with exceptional editorial and production quality, in five subjects: bioethics; international affairs & human rights; languages & linguistics; political science, public policy & public management; and religion & ethics.

ISD, Distributor of Scholarly Books
ISD is a distributor of scholarly and specialist publications from some of the world’s finest publishing houses.

John Benjamins
John Benjamins Publishing Company is an independent academic publisher with offices in the Netherlands and the USA. Highlighted by a strong traditional presence in the field of Linguistics the John Benjamins list also contains important work in such other fields as Psychology, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Translation Studies, Interpreting, Terminology, Lexicography, Organizational Studies and Art History.

Lincom GmbH
LINCOM publishes studies on basic research as well as textbooks and handbooks in all academic disciplines. The studies are mainly written in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian.

MIT Press
The MIT Press is the only university press in the United States whose list is based in science and technology. This does not mean that science and engineering are all we publish, but it does mean that we are committed to the edges and frontiers of the world -- to exploring new fields and new modes of inquiry. (For a time we described our publishing program as chasing "The Moving Frontier," but we've moved beyond even that.) We publish about 200 new books a year and over 40 journals. We are a major publishing presence in fields as diverse as architecture, social theory, economics, cognitive science, and computational science, and we have a long-term commitment to both design excellence and the efficient and creative use of new technologies. Our goal is to create books and journals that are challenging, creative, attractive, and yet affordable to individual readers.

Multilingual Matters
Multilingual Matters is dedicated to publishing the very best textbooks and research monographs in the fields of applied linguistics, literacy education, multicultural education and immigrant language learning. We take an ethical stance in all of our business dealings and strive to make a positive change wherever we can, and we pride ourselves on our willingness to publish work from neglected geographical areas and our ability to discover and publish cutting-edge research from all over the world.

Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
For years the publishing houses Gunter Narr Verlag, Tübingen, A. Francke Verlag , Tübingen & Basel and the Attempto Verlag, Tübingen are firmly established in the field of the international science publishing houses. The program covers monographs, anthologies and text books from the specialist areas linguistics and literary studies, culture and media, history, philosophy and theology; renowned scientists from in and foreign country rank among the authors.

Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Peter Lang AG
The Peter Lang Publishing Group is a leading international publisher specialized in the humanities and social sciences. With headquarters in Switzerland and publishing offices located in Berne, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Vienna and Warsaw, Peter Lang has made high-quality academic research available to a worldwide readership for over four decades.

Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Routledge is a distinguished publisher in the social sciences and humanities part of the academic division of Informa Plc, the world's largest provider of knowledge and skills via events, PI and publishing, for academic, professional and commercial markets.

Offering linguists around the world food for thought: The Springer Linguistics program covers aspects of linguistics from applied, comparative and computational perspectives. It provides researchers with information on the many complex issues inherent in the teaching, learning and study of languages. (Kluwer Academic Publishers and Springer-Verlag have merged into a combined publishing company simply known as Springer.)

University of Toronto Press

Wiley-Blackwell is the most successful and prestigious publisher of linguistics books in the world. Our program is distinctive due to its authority and selectivity; our authors and editors are the leading researchers and teachers in their respective subdisciplines. We are best known for our successful and long-running Handbooks in Linguistics series of reference books, our bestselling linguistics textbooks, and more than 20 language and linguistics journals dedicated to serving the global academic community.


Cascadilla Press
Cascadilla Press is an independent scholarly publisher focusing on linguistics. Best known for Arboreal, our syntactic tree font, we publish books, software, and games in all areas of linguistics. You can see our complete list of titles at

Linguistic Association of Finland
The Linguistic Association of Finland was founded in 1977 to promote linguistic research and the teaching of linguistics in Finland by offering a forum for discussion, both in Finland and abroad.

Linguistic Society of America

Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
LOT is a national graduate school in which seven major research institutes/groups of linguists in the Netherlands, from the universities of Amsterdam (UvA & VU), Groningen, Leiden, Nijmegen, Tilburg, Utrecht and the MPI-Nijmegen have joined forces. It is the goal of LOT: (i) to provide a national forum to advance communication between the research programs of the various participating institutes with a view to short- and long-term collaboration; (ii) to stimulate new initiatives and developments in research; (iii) to create frameworks in which socially relevant aspects of linguistic research can be profitably exploited; (iv) to stimulate international communication for the benefit of research and education; (v)to continue and develop the national curriculum for graduate students in linguistics. See also

SIL International Publications
SIL publishes books about languages and cultures of the world for education, research, and reference.

Universitat Jaume I
La Universitat Jaume I manté des de la seua creació, l'any 1991, una intensa activitat editorial que s'ha traduït en el significatiu fons bibliogràfic que recullen aquestes pàgines, ampli, tant en el nombre de títols com en la diversitat temàtica que tracten. Per a la nostra institució, compromesa amb el desenvolupament social i econòmic del seu entorn, l'edició universitària constitueix una activitat essencial del nostre objectiu últim com a universitat: la generació i transmissió de coneixements. La ciència, en sentit ampli, requereix basar-se cada vegada més en instruments que permeten la difusió i, per tant, l'activitat editorial, en qualsevol de les seues manifestacions, continua sent la via més eficaç per afavorir que el coneixement s'expandisca i compartisca.

University of Nebraska Press
The University of Nebraska Press primarily publishes nonfiction books and scholarly journals, along with a few titles per season in contemporary and regional prose and poetry. On occasion, we reprint previously published fiction of established reputation, and we have several programs to publish literary works in translation. Through our paperback imprint, Bison Books, we publish reprints of classic books of myriad genres. Our primary mission, defined by the University through the Press Advisory Board of faculty members working in concert with the Press, is to find, evaluate, and publish in the best fashion possible, serious works of nonfiction.