Introducing Cambridge Elements in Pragmatics

Cambridge Elements in PragmaticsCambridge Elements combine the best features of journals and books.

With a word count between 20,000-30,000 words they lend themselves to the digital and ever changing research environment.

A series coming soon to linguistics is Elements in Pragmatics edited by Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster University and Michael Haugh, University of Queensland.

Cambridge Extra asked them more about the series.

What motivated you to collate this Elements series?

The format itself is really appealing.

It is longer than typical journal articles but shorter than a monograph, so is ideal for both graduate students and established researchers in the field. It also allows authors to publish their work at its natural length, if an article is too constraining yet a full book is over the horizon.

Its digital format means the series can respond quickly to new research trends, and updates, enabling authors’ work to stay relevant longer, leading to a greater impact. We can also reach readers on different platforms, and support clear display of complex information, data excerpts and figures not necessarily possible in print.

What are the particular characteristics of the series?

This series showcases a cutting-edge and high-quality set of original, concise and accessible scholarly works written for a broader pragmatics readership. We want to move away from niche groups by fostering dialogue across different perspectives on language use.

By aiming for a “broader readership”, our topics themselves will be broad in focus moving away from highly focussed or esoteric topics.

Our aim is for this series to take full advantage of the benefits of online publishing, becoming the place to learn about new and emerging areas in pragmatics, as well as accessing the latest thinking on more long established topics.

The Cambridge Elements series’ differentiate themselves from what you may get in a handbook. We are inviting theoretical consolidations, where we’ve identified a need for a synthesis of the literature on a particular topic. For these syntheses, we are looking forward to working with authors who will produce something original in the course of the synthesis. However, this is only one area of this Elements series. We are also inviting authors to focus on particular approaches to data and methods, as well as identify new topics of interest in pragmatics.

Do you have any sample topics you’d like to include in the series?

We have three initial topic groups for the Pragmatics Elements series – Theoretical Consolidations, Data and Methods and Innovations. These won’t be discrete groups or equal in size – we do think innovations will be popular. Check out the full list here.

What are the typical characteristics of Elements in this series?

Given the scope of the topics there is not one strict list of features for all. Nevertheless, we want elements to be accessible for a broad readership, to make ample use of data, and of course cover key theories, concepts and issues relating to the topic in an original way

Each element within the series will be written by a scholar in their field with specific expertise in the topic in question, and we plan to commission new elements on a rolling basis, meaning we can adapt to new directions in scholarship.

We are looking forward to hearing from authors regardless of their position in their career.

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