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About

Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed open-access books in linguistics. All publications are free for both authors and readers. General Editors are Stefan Müller (FU Berlin) and Martin Haspelmath (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology). They are supported by a high-profile Advisory Board.

Language Science Press is supported by the DFG during the startup phase, and will continue to operate with the help of its supporters among academic linguists. Our philosophy is that book publishing can be fully under the control of scholars because most of the traditional tasks of commercial publishers can be done more efficiently by scholars, at little or no cost due to the modern technology that is routinely available at universities.

  • All books appear in a book series, and the series editors are responsible for acquiring, reviewing and selecting manuscripts for publication.
  • The authors are responsible for typesetting in LaTeX (together with the series editors); automatic conversion from Word is possible in principle.
  • The workflow is controlled by the publication management system OMP (Open Monograph Press).
  • Books are freely available in their PDF version; paper versions can be bought from print-on-demand companies.

For some time now, all scholars have been accustomed to sharing their materials at no cost with their colleagues, often with the help of services like Academia.edu and ResearchGate. Scientific publication thus no longer serves the need of disseminating research results – its purpose is to make the best work prominent enough to help build careers and to guide scholars in choosing what to read. This task of selecting the best work is carried out by the series editors of Language Science Press.

To see published and forthcoming books, consult our catalogue. Other pages of this site provide information for authors and information for series editors. We also provide templates for conversion from Word to LaTeX. The work of our volunteer supporters is appreciated in our Hall of Fame. Updates appear in our blog.

In the Spotlight

  • The Talking Heads experiment

    The Talking Heads experiment: Origins of words and meanings
    The Talking Heads experiment: Origins of words and meanings
    Luc L Steels (Author)
    The Talking Heads Experiment, conducted in the years 1999-2001, was the first large-scale experiment in which open populations of situated embodied agents created for the first time ever a new shared vocabulary by playing language games about real world scenes in front of them. The agents could teleport to different physical sites in the world through the Internet. Sites, in Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Tokyo, London, Cambridge and several other locations were linked into the network. Humans could interact with the robotic agents either on site or remotely through the Internet and thus influence the evolving ontologies and languages of the artificial agents.
  • Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen

    Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen
    Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen
    Roland Schäfer (Author)
    This textbook is an introduction to the descriptive grammar of German on the levels of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and graphemics. It is a recommended read for anyone interested in the grammar of German and especially for students of German philology. The book focuses on how grammatical generalizations are derived from concrete linguistic material while covering a huge number of the important phenomena of German grammar.
  • Natural causes of language

    Natural causes of language: Frames, biases, and cultural transmission
    Natural causes of language: Frames, biases, and cultural transmission
    N.J. Enfield (Author)
    What causes a language to be the way it is? Some features are universal, some are inherited, others are borrowed, and yet others are internally innovated. But no matter where a bit of language is from, it will only exist if it has been diffused and kept in circulation through social interaction in the history of a community. This book makes the case that a proper understanding of the ontology of language systems has to be grounded in the causal mechanisms by which linguistic items are socially transmitted, in communicative contexts.
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