Linguistique et Langues Africaines (LLA) is an international, open-access, double-blind peer reviewed journal devoted to the study of African languages and linguistics. LLA contents are published under a CC BY-SA license.
LLA is supported by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (InSHS) of the CNRS.


Aim and scope

The journal Linguistique and Langues Africaines (LLA) was founded in 2015 and is published by LLACAN, a joint research unit of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and INALCO University.

LLA provides a forum for linguists working on the phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics of African languages. The main purpose of LLA is to enlarge our knowledge and understanding of the enormous linguistic diversity in Africa, much of which is still sparsely documented. Contributions to LLA are expected to be data-driven (e.g. primary data from fieldwork or other corpus data), and the discussion of theoretical issues is appreciated to the extent that it helps to elucidate the data and remains accessible to persons that are not specialists in the relevant theory. All major theoretical frameworks are equally welcome. We are also interested in historical-comparative, areal linguistic and ethnolinguistic contributions.

We publish original research papers: articles, notes from the field, as well as book reviews in English or French. Authors willing to submit in another language are invited to contact the editors. After submission, articles will undergo a double-blind peer review by external experts different from those the editorial committee.


Peer reviewing process

The peer review coordination of each submitted paper is assigned to a member of the editorial board. The coordinator finds external reviewers and ensures contacts with them during the reviewing process (max. 3 months). On the basis of the peer reviewers’ reports and the recommendations of the coordinator, the editorial board members decide whether a submission is accepted for publication and, if yes, under which conditions. The external reviews, the recommendations of the editorial board and their official decision are passed on to the author(s) by the editor-in-chief.


Submission guidelines

Please send article submissions to llafrique@cnrs.fr. Articles that are under active consideration with another journal or another publication outlet may be not submitted.

Each article should include an abstract and 5 keywords in English, French and, if necessary, in the language of the article. The word limit for notes from the field and book reviews is 20,000 characters and 10,000 characters, respectively.

Please submit an anonymized version of the article both as a doc and pdf file (Please contact us if you prefer to submit a LaTeX file).

After the final revised version of an article has been submitted, the author and LLA sign a non-exclusive copyright transfer agreement.

The editorial team opted for the Métopes structured publishing chain.


Bibliographical references

We encourage you to use Zotero (Unified style sheet for linguistics) for in-text and footnote citations (author-year schema), as well as for the reference list at the end of the article. List only and all works that are cited in the paper.