Linguistic Discovery, which was established in 2002, is dedicated to the description and analysis of primary linguistic data.
The journal primarily publishes original work on lesser-studied or endangered languages, and it aims for all of its
articles to contain original or hard-to-access data,
including cross-linguistic studies whose novelty may not be in the individual pieces of data described, but in the data base.
Since the time Linguistic Discovery first began publishing, there has been an increase in the number of specialized journals,
especially on-line journals, that have particular theoretical orientations, disciplinary foci or genetic/geographic interests.
However, it is still the case that few journals publish for a broad readership on a range of original data from different languages.
As part of our commitment to the description and dissemination
of primary language data, Linguistic Discovery publishes
less traditional kinds of research as well: a section on "Notes
from the Field," which includes surveys of language use and sketches of under-studied languages.
The journal also publishes linguistic problem sets that are designed for varying levels of instruction.
is free and accessible world-wide. Subscriptions are intended for those readers
who wish to be notified each time a new issue is published.
However, the journal can be read without a subscription, and we invite
all readers to contribute articles for publication. Copyrights are held by the authors.
By not maintaining a print version, we are able to
avoid some of the costs that confront other journals. For the costs
that remain, we have a commitment of support on the part of Dartmouth
College that allows us to guarantee that the journal site will be
maintained indefinitely and that the journal will be archived so
that the information it contains will be accessible in the distant
Like other top publications, we are committed to upholding the
highest standards of scholarship. All submissions go through a process of anonymous peer review.
Lindsay J. Whaley, Dartmouth College