New Journal: "Language and Cognition"
I would like to bring to everyone's attention the existence of a relatively new journal called "Language and Cognition":
As stated on the website, this is the journal of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association. It is a venue for the publication of high-quality peer-reviewed research of a theoretical and/or empirical/experimental nature, focusing on the interface between language and cognition. It is open to research from the full range of subject disciplines, theoretical backgrounds, and analytical frameworks that populate the language and cognitive sciences, on a wide range of topics. Research published in the journal adopts an interdisciplinary, comparative, multi-methodological approach to the study of language and cognition and their intersection.
To fulfill this mission, the journal is managed by a team of five general editors with expertise in different aspects of the language-cognition interface:
• Daniel Casasanto, The New School for Social Research
• Seana Coulson, University of California, San Diego
• Vyvyan Evans, Bangor University
• David Kemmerer, Purdue University
• Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado, Boulder
• Chris Sinha, University of Portsmouth
Now, the main reason I'm posting this announcement on "Talking Brains" is because the editors would like to solicit more papers that address neurobiological aspects of the language-cognition interface. We have already published a few papers by well-known cognitive neuroscientists, including Anjan Chatterjee, Uta Noppeney, and Gabriella Vigliocco. But we would very much like to expand our coverage of brain-related topics, especially in ways that connect with current thinking in cognitively, functionally, and typologically oriented linguistic theories. As an added incentive, the journal now publishes full color figures both in print and online. So if you have any projects in the works that seem to fit the bill, please consider submitting a paper to "Language and Cognition"!
What is "cognitively, functionally, and typologically oriented linguistic theories" intended to exclude. My hunch is that it is meant to exclude generative approaches to grammar and linguistic competence. To paraphrase Brad DeLong: why of why can't we have better journals?
Well, there's a whole field called "cognitive linguistics," another one called "linguistic typology," and a third that emphasizes the functional aspects of grammar. Research on the neurobiology of language has tended to ignore these perspectives in favor of generative approaches, and the editors of the journal "Language and Cognition" would like promote the former.
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