Language and Linguistics

2020 was a massive year by any scale, and we're happy to share a selection of top content reflecting the year in Language and Linguistics. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Cathy Scott and Alice Green, Palgrave Language & Linguistics Books Editorial Team

2020 has been a challenging year in many ways, and due to the coronavirus pandemic we were not able to interact with authors and customers in the ways we usually would, such as at conferences and out on campus. However, it hasn’t stopped our authors and editors from publishing great books.

Against a backdrop of upheaval in many parts of the world, themes of social and political identity came to the fore in the titles we published, including Multilingualism and Politics, Language, Race and the Global Jamaican and Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching in the Neo-Nationalist Era.

We added three new handbooks to our growing range of reference works in linguistics this year, with volumes on Romani Language and Linguistics, Motivation for Language Learning and Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility re-affirming our commitment to cutting-edge research in these areas. We were also delighted to learn that The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities was this year’s winner of the BAAL Book Prize.

Finally, we signed up an exciting new series – Multilingualism in the Global South – which we hope will provide a strong platform for diverse topics and voices. We can’t wait to see the first books appearing in the series over the next year or two. 

Jolanda Voogd, Natalie Rieborn, Christopher Coughlin and Anita Rachmat, Springer Language & Linguistics Editorial Team

We are incredibly proud of our research community and all our authors and editors who have shown an incredible level of resilience this year. This reflects in the ongoing steady output of books and articles this year!

The ‘Educational Linguistics Series’ is about to publish its 50th book and got indexed in both Scopus and NSD this year, whereas Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory will be publishing its 100th volume and is also indexed in Scopus.

Some highlights of the book portfolio include Intersections in Language Planning and Policy, the OA book Script Effects as the Hidden Drive of the Mind, Cognition, and Culture and the series Language, Cognition, and Mind, with 3 OA publications. We are also looking forward to the publication of the textbook Learning the Secrets of English Verse.

Highlights from the journals portfolio include Reading and Writing, which has now increased to 10 issues per year, Corpus Pragmatics was included in Scopus this year, and Language Policy has published a great special issue on language policy in blue-collar workplaces.

Despite the hardships of this year, our authors and editors have continued to give their best effort, and for this we are immensely grateful!