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Language and Literature

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Language and Literature is the journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, and is published by Sage. Language and Literature is now indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index®. Standard membership of PALA costs £50 and includes all the PALA benefits plus the year's subscription to Language and Literature. For more details see Sage's latest home page for the journal:

About the Journal

Language and Literature is an international journal, reflecting the wide interest of the Poetics and Linguistics Association. Incorporating the latest research and development in stylistics and related aspects of language and literary study, Language and Literature explores the connection between stylistics, critical theory, linguistics, literary criticism and their pedagogical applications. This breadth of coverage ensures that the reader has a comprehensive view of all the necessary work relevant to stylistics.

The journal is published four times a year in February, May, August and November by SAGE.

2010 ISI Impact Factor Results for Language & Literature:

Forthcoming issues

A special issue in preparation for 2012 will celebrate 20 years of Language and Literature with retrospective and prospective articles and other contributions from previous journal editors Mick Short, Katie Wales, and Paul Simpson, as well as leading stylisticians who spoke at the Nottingham 2011 A Celebration in Style one day symposium, including Ron Carter, Joanna Gavins, Peter Stockwell, Michaela Mahlberg and Emma Moore.

PALA Prize

Since 1996 the Poetics and Linguistics Association has awarded a prize for the best article published in the journal by a newcomer to the field. The prize currently consists of a subscription to Language and Literature, membership of PALA for one year, and a £250 cash prize from Sage. The judges are the editors of the journal. The prize is awarded at the annual conference in the year following the publication of the article.

The winner of the PALA prize for 2011 is Alice Spitz for 'The music of argument: The portrayal of argument in Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach' Volume 19 Number 2, pp. 197-220 (online here).

The winner of the 2010 prize is Chantelle Warner for 'Speaking from experience: narrative schemas, deixis, and authenticity effects in Verena Stefan's feminist confession Shedding', Language and Literature, Volume 18, Number 1, pp. 7-23 (online here).

The winner for the best article published in 2008 was Patricia Canning, for her article entitled "The bodie and the letters both": "blending" the rules of early modern religion, (Volume 17, no.3, 187-203).

The winner for the best article published in 2007 was Jennifer Riddle Harding, for her article entitled ‘Evaluative Stance and Counterfactuals in Language and Literature’ (Volume 16, no.3, 263-80).