Colorado Research in Linguistics

About This Journal


Call for Submissions!

Colorado Research in Linguistics (CRIL), a graduate student led, peer reviewed working papers journal, is currently accepting submissions for our upcoming Volume 24, to be published in June 2019. Acceptable submission types include, but are not limited to: high quality research and survey papers, experimental reports, book reviews, etc. In the past, CRIL has published papers on phonology, morphology, syntax, diachronic linguistics, pragmatics, computational and corpus linguistics, sociocultural linguistics, and more! Anyone with an ongoing affiliation with the University of Colorado Department of Linguistics – current and past graduate students (and their colleagues), advanced undergraduates, faculty, and friends in related programs and departments – are invited to submit their work to CRIL.

Important Submission Guidelines:

  • Please consult our Policies page (and particularly our Guidelines for Contributors section as you prepare your submission.
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE! Submissions are due by February 22nd, 2019, by 11:59pm MST.
  • Submit papers using the Submit Article link this page.
  • We accept papers written in languages other than English; please contact the CRIL Editorial Board at cril DOT editors AT gmail DOT com for more information.

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History of Colorado Research in Linguistics

Colorado Research in Linguistics (CRIL) has been published at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1971, thanks largely to the efforts of faculty members and graduate students in the Department of Linguistics.

During the 1970s, Colorado Research in Linguistics primarily published work by faculty in Linguistics and allied departments and was edited by various members of the department faculty. Those early papers cover a range of linguistic subfields, from phonology, morphology, and syntax to diachronic linguistics, semiotics, pragmatics, and even a series of papers on the history of linguistic inquiry. The languages treated were equally broad, including not only a variety of Indo-European languages, but also Siouan, Caddoan, Austronesian, and Niger-Congo languages. Following a year's hiatus in 1978, Volume 8 appeared in 1979. Volume 8 was the first to be prepared by graduate students, featuring working papers by both students and faculty.

An even longer hiatus ensued before volume nine appeared in 1986. Colorado Research in Linguistics invited readers to address comments to individual authors, a practice the current Editorial Board strongly endorses. As during the original run from 1971-1977, Volume 9 consisted largely of work by faculty members of the Department of Linguistics, though the work of students and affiliated researchers was also featured.

During the 1990s Colorado Research in Linguistics increasingly came to resemble the present organization of Colorado Research in Linguistics, with most papers from graduate students, and department and affiliated faculty continuing to make occasional contributions. Volume 12 (1993) was the first to list the Editorial Board, comprised primarily of graduate students, on the masthead. Papers continued to reflect a broad view of the field of linguistics, embracing not only syntax, semantics, and phonology, but an increasing share of discourse and cognitive analyses.

Volume 16 (1998) was the last volume to appear in print format. In 2004, Colorado Research in Linguistics was re-launched in paperless format, with articles in syntax, morphology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics reflecting many of the interests of scholars here at the University of Colorado Boulder.

2018 marks the most recent re-launch of Colorado Research in Linguistics, and as researchers in the Department of Linguistics, Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the West, Center for Computational Language and EducAtion Research (CLEAR), Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Program in Culture, Language and Social Practice, among other research centers, continue to produce original research on language and linguistics, Colorado Research in Linguistics is proud to uphold the tradition of transmitting it to readers.

(Modified and updated by Jared Desjardins (August 2018), from Dr. Chad Nilep’s (June 2006) editorial reflection Thirty-Five Years of CRIL)

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