The aims and scope of the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Lexicography (JALL)

 

The Journal of Applied Linguistics and Lexicography (JALL) publishes articles on the currently relevant issues of natural language research that offer practical solutions and suggest the means of application for the research outcomes in various professional spheres including education.

Articles published in JALL intend to establish how the ideas, theories, observations and research outcomes described in them may help to resolve the existing problems associated with the way language functions in society; and what instruments and methods may enable researchers to implement the theoretical points discussed in the articles and apply them to practice. Thus, applied linguistics is viewed by the editorial board as a field where contemporary issues that divide speech communities may be resolved by means of discussion and reconciliation of theoretical differences.

In respect to methodology, JALL seeks to overcome stagnation that ensued after structuralism had lost its leading methodological role in linguistic science. Achieving this aim may not only conceptualise and give a wider scope to many studies that are at present scholastically limited to a single research field, but it may also adjust the differences antagonising the traditional system linguistics and the so-called “oral activity linguistics” which proposes to review a number of theses supported by theory (i.e. phonology vs. experimental phonetics, traditional vs. “discursive” lexicography, etc.)

In this context the emphasis on lexicography in the very title of the journal accentuates its particularly important role in applied linguistics. Lexicography plays a paramount part in the formation of a society’s speech culture. Without easily accessible, scientifically reliable and socially reputable electronic dictionary sources that comprehensively describe words’ meaning, usage, etymology and history, a number of linguistic problems cannot be resolved. The idea is particularly timely for Russian philology, as there is not a single contemporary scientifically reliable dictionary of any kind (defining, historical, etymological, modern dialect dictionary, thesaurus, etc.) available in Russian today.

In addition to papers on lexicology, JALL also accepts materials in a variety of applied linguistics research spheres: bilingualism and multilingualism, computer-mediated communication, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language acquisition, child speech, linguistic examination, language planning and language policy, LSP, literacy education, multimodal linguistics, rhetoric and stylistics, and translation.

JALL’s editorial board gives priority to articles in English. However, our interest is not limited to research developments in English language communities. The journal welcomes submissions that may establish a connection between the peculiarities of language use specific for different language communities and global linguistic patterns and regularities.

The Journal was founded in 2018 as an online edition by Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. It publishes four issues a year. The Journal is edited by Herzen University. Our address: 48 Moyka Embankment, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia.