Call for papers: Biolinguistic research in the 21st century


The biolinguistic conception of language has always had two (interrelated) ways to approach and address the scientific study of the psychological capacity for language.

Once that psychological capability is assumed to be part of human cognition, other related questions need to be addressed for clarification. For example,

  • How is the ontogeny of such human cognitive capacity? How does it diverge in pathological conditions?
  • How an individual can become multilingual and which are the profound differences (if any) between bi/multilinguals and monolinguals.
  • Which are the molecular structures related to the ontogeny of such capacity?
  • Which has been the evolutionary path of both cerebral and structures devoted to phonation?
  • Which has been the evolutionary path followed by our species, and at which point our ancestors departed from other species?
  • Which tools can help us to enhance the research on language?
  • Which concepts need disambiguation of clarification?

In the past century, a few researchers, like Eric Lenneberg, made the necessary first steps towards these questions. Nowadays, we count on more people committed with the biolinguistic conception of language, on new and more precise tools, able to contribute with information that can shed new light on these questions, and able as well to make us think and reconsider what we (seem to) know about language.

The past June 2019, the Workshop on biolinguistics was hold within the context of the sixth edition of the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, where researchers took the opportunity for bringing their ideas together and sharing their advances on the field. It is for this reasons that we would like to gather different proposals, impressions, methodologies and data, in a new issue that serves as a forum for those scientists interested in biolinguistics.

Researchers may submit original papers on experimental work, conceptual/theoretical treatments, opinion pieces (for example, as forum contributions), or briefs that are directly related to biolinguistics (either in a broad sense or in a narrow sense).

Manuscripts should be submitted directly via the Biolinguistics web site. When submitting a manuscript please indicate that it is intended for this special issue in the field “comments to the editor” during the submission process. All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review. Forum contributions might only be reviewed by the editor or a member of the Editorial Board. Note that manuscripts may be submitted any time (starting now).

Submission deadline for abstracts: December 31st 2019.

Submission deadline for papers: April 30th 2020.

Targeted publication date of special issue: September 2020

Biolinguistics is a peer-reviewed journal exploring theoretical linguistics that takes the biological foundations of human language seriously. The Advisory Board and the Editorial Board are made up of leading scholars from all continents in the fields of theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, language change, theoretical biology, genetics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive psychology. We are proud to be what is called a “platinum” open-access journal: Anyone can read everything published in Biolinguistics for free, without the need to subscribe, and there are no article processing charges. Subscription is possible, which will allow inclusion in information mails, but it is free as well.

Publication of this special issue is being organised by Lluís Barceló-Coblijn (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain). To indicate your interest in participating, submit an abstract (max. 800 words, including references), or in case you have any questions, please e-mail to: