Aims & Scope

The objective of the journal is to showcase research by undergraduate students in all areas of linguistics and speech-language-hearing-communication sciences. The journal especially prioritizes STEM-based investigations of under-studied languages and cultures, research conducted by members of under-represented ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups, and innovative methodologies designed for varying populations and socio-cultural contexts. The journal provides a needed forum for emerging undergraduate researchers in the US and abroad. Our goal is to empower a new generation of diverse researchers in the fields of linguistics and speech-language-hearing-communication sciences by having them contribute rigorous, high-quality research at an early stage in their academic journey, preparing them for future success in their graduate careers.

The ILLC Journal welcomes reviews, theoretical and empirical research, and description/reports on new methodological approaches. Manuscripts may fall into one of three categories:

  • original theoretical or empirical research — theoretical research involves the abstract modeling of speech, language, and/or hearing systems; empirical research relies on systematic observations addressing a clearly stated research question(s).
  • novel research strategy or methodology — an innovative paradigm, procedure, or method to collect and or analyze data.
  • literature review and critical evaluation of an important research question — this involves the formulation of a new perspective on a neglected (but theoretically and/or empirically significant) and/or unresolved and/or controversial issue combined with references to a substantial number of sources.