Journal of Japanese Linguistics Submissions

Call for submissions

The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at San Francisco State University is happy to announce the publication of Journal of Japanese Linguistics under a new editorial board (Editor-in-Chief, Masahiko Minami). JJL seeks to sustain and enhance an intellectually stimulating discussion forum. The journal publishes original research that deals with issues in Japanese linguistics from both theoretical and descriptive perspectives and from a wide range of areas including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language variation, acquisition, and historical linguistics as well as discussion of pedagogical implications. It is intended to provide linguists an opportunity for discussions of research and exchange of ideas and solutions. JJL also promotes interaction and collaboration between theoretical and descriptive camps so that together they may lead to a better understanding and treatment of Japanese linguistic phenomena. Under these objectives we would like to invite submissions to JJL that fall under the following categories:

  1. empirically oriented, descriptive work that includes original observations of linguistic phenomena
  2. theoretical application to empirical work
  3. experimental work that evaluates a linguistic theory
  4. discussion of linguistic issues problematic to language pedagogy and/or pedagogical implications of (1) or (2)

JJL also publishes special issues. If you are interested, please contact the editor.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The editor assumes that a manuscript submitted for publication has not previously been published, and that it is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. At the time of submission, the contributor should indicate if a modified version of the manuscript is being considered for publication elsewhere. Copyright will be held by the Journal of Japanese Linguistics.
  2. Manuscripts intended for publication should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Sheet, except for certain conventions specified below. The author's name should not appear under the title on page 1, and any wordings elsewhere that would identify the author should be avoided. Please attach a separate sheet of paper that specifies the title and the author's name, affiliation, and mailing address. A 200-word abstract of the article should be provided on this sheet. Areas of study to which the article may be of particular interest (such as formal syntax or conversational analysis) should be listed at the end of the abstract.
  3. Manuscripts should be written in English and typed on one side of letter-size or A4 paper. Endnotes, not footnotes, should follow on a new page, labeled "Notes." References should begin on a new page following the endnotes. All text, including notes, must be double-spaced. Example sentences should be accompanied by a word-for-word gloss and a free translation. Any abbreviation should be explained on first use in a note.
  4. Isolated words or phrases in Japanese that appear in the text should be italicized or underlined. Glosses of individual Japanese words should follow that word in quotations, e.g., sensei "teacher." For all Japanese citations, please use one of the commonly used Romanization systems.
  5. The editor reserves the right to return manuscripts for retyping if the proper conventions are not followed.

The e-version (either a Word or PDF file) of the manuscript, including inquiries regarding book reviews (500-750 words), should be sent to as an attachment. The editor may request a hard copy of the manuscript. In such a case, please send a copy to:

Journal of Japanese Linguistics
Department of Foreign Languages
College of Liberal and Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132, U.S.A.