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Guidelines for authors of linguistic papers:

  1. A .doc or .docx file with the paper should be sent as an email attachment to acta.linguistics@uw.edu.pl.  Please name the file with your surname, first name and the name of university (surname_first name_affiliation). Please do not include personal data in the paper or in the file properties.
  2. The text should be 20,000 to 35,000 characters (with spaces) long, including an abstract, footnotes and references.
  3. The title should be printed in bold and centred. Titles of sections, if any, should be in bold and left-aligned, numbered as follows: , 2., 3.,1.1., 1.2., etc.
  4. The words  “Abstract”, “Keywords” – in bold, left-aligned. The word “References” or its equivalents in other languages should be bold and centred.
  5. A title, a 400-600 character (including spaces) abstract in English and 5–8 keywords in English should be placed before the main body of the paper.
  6. The text should be left- and right aligned, with 2.5 cm margins.
  7. Font type: Times New Roman; font size: title – 14, main body – 12, long quotations – 11, footnotes – 10.
  8. Line spacing: double for the main body; single for long quotations, footnotes, mottos, abstract, references, lists of illustrations, etc.
  9. All paragraphs except the first in a section should be indented. No extra lines should be added between paragraphs.
  10. In the references hanging by 0.5 cm should be set.
  11. Citation data should be provided in parentheses in the main body of the text. Each citation should specify the year of the publication. If the author of the citation cannot be non-ambiguously identified, his/her name should also be provided before the year of publication. For quotations a page number should also be given, preceded by an appropriate abbreviation: p. or pp. in English, French, Spanish or Italian; S. in German. The page range should be separated with an en dash, e.g.a) Let us now consider the caused-motion construction, which has been analyzed in detail by Goldberg (1995).
    b) Words that are attracted to a particular construction are referred to as collexemes of this construction (Stefanowitsch and Gries 2003, pp. 214–215).
  12. Do not use the abbreviation „Ibid.” or its synonyms.
  13. When there are a number of authors or editors, the name of the first author/editor should be provided, followed by the abbreviation “et al.” in English and in French, “ym.” in Finnish, “y otros” in Spanish, „u. a.” in German, “e outros” in Portugese, “és mások” in Hungarian, e.g. (Sperber et al. 2010).
  14. If the article mentions more than one text by the same author published in the same year, these texts should be additionally marked by a letters, e.g. (Wilson 2002a).
  15. References to different texts should be separated by colons (Carston 2002; Wilson 2006).
  16. In citations referring to notes, follow the page number with the note number. E.g. note number 3 on page 56 in an English text should be cited as (YEAR, p.56n3).
  17. Quotations longer than 5 lines should have a left 0.5 cm indent. No quotation marks or italics should be used. References should be placed in parentheses after the full stop at the end of the quotation. Omissions in quotations should be marked by the use of brackets: […].
  18. Longer quotations in languages other than the main language of the article should be placed in footnotes. The main body of the text should include translations of such quotations, placed within quotation marks. Translations of short quotations can be provided in parentheses, without quotation marks.
  19. All expressions in a language different than the main language of the article should be marked by italics, and a translation can be provided in parenthesis.
  20. Emphasis should be marked by italics (not bold). If it appears within a quotation, it should be indicated in parenthesis, e.g. (emphasis added).
  21. Only footnotes can be used and their number has to be kept to the minimum.
  22. Capital letters are accented when applicable, e.g. Éditions, Être ou ne pas être, etc.
  23. All the figures and tables should be numbered and provided with captions.
  24. The text should include references to each figure and table used.
    English “quotation” (page number).
    “ ‘quotation within quotation’ ” (page number).
    Footnote number after full stop: __.1
    Closing quotation mark after full stop:    .”
    Finnish ”lainaus” (sivunumero)
    ”  ’lainaus lainauksen sisällä’  ” (sivunumero).
    Loppuviitteen numero pisteen jälkeen: : __.1
    Lainauksen päättävä lainausmerkki pisteen jälkeen: .”
    French « citation » (numéro de la page).
    « „ mots cités à l’intérieur d’une citation ” » (numéro de la page).
    Numéro de la note avant le point final 1.
    Le guillemet fermant la citation avant le point final :  ».
    German „Zitat“ (Seitennummer).
    „  »Zitat im Zitat«  “ (Seitennummer).
    Anmerkungsnummer vor Satzzeichen  : __1.
    Anführungszeichen vor Satzzeichen:   _”.
    Hungarian „idézet” (oldal száma).
    „     »idézeten belüli idézés«    ” (oldal száma).
    A lábjegyzet száma a pont után: __.1
    A berekesztő idézőjel a mondat végi  pont után:    .”
    Italian “citazione” (pagina).
    “  »citazione all’interno di un’altra citazione«   ” (pagina).
    Il numero di richiamo della nota davanti al punto fermo: __1.
    Le virgolette di chiusura davanti al punto fermo: ”.
    Spanish «citación»  (número de la página).
    «  “citación interna” » (número de la página).
    No de la nota antes del punto: __.1
    Comillas cerrando antes del punto:    ».
    Portugese «citação» (número da página).
    «    “cit. interna”   » (número da página).
    No da nota antes do ponto: __.1
    Aspas fechando antes do ponto:    ».


  25. When using graphic material the author shall obtain permission of the copyright holder.
  26. Quotation marks, capitalization and punctuation should follow the rules of the main language of the article:
  27. A complete list of references should be placed at the end of the article. Abbreviations, places of publication, punctuation and capitalization should follow the rules of the language of the article. Note that in English all words longer than 3 letters in the titles of journals and books should be capitalized, whereas in the titles of articles and chapters only the first word is to be capitalized.

a) book:
surname, name initial. (year of publication). Title. place of publication: publisher.
Chomsky, N. (1986). Knowledge of Language. New York: Praeger.

b) book chapter (use an appropriate abbreviation: Ed./ Éd. / Hg./ Szerk./ Toim.):
surname, name initial. (year of publication). chapter title. editor(s)’ name initial and surname (Ed.), Book Title (page numbers). place of publication: publisher.
Rissanen, M. (1999). Syntax. R. Lass (Ed.), Cambridge History of the English Language (pp. 187–331). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

c) journal article:
surname, name initial. (year of publication). article title. Journal Title, volume (number), page numbers.
Merton, R. K. (1968). The Matthew effect in science. Science, 159 (3810), pp. 56–63.

d) edited volume (use an appropriate abbreviation: Ed./ Ed./ Hg./ Red./Szerk./ Toim.):
surname, name initial. (Ed.). (year of publication). title. place of publication: publisher.
Ritzer, G. (Ed.). (2007). Blackwell Companion to Globalization. Oxford: Blackwell.

e) translated book (use an appropriate abbreviation: trans./ trad./ Übers./ ford./ suom.)
surname, name initial. (year of publication). Title (translator’s name initial and surname, trans.). place of publication: publisher.
Althusser, L. (1971). Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays (B. Brewster, trans.). London: New Left Books.

f) article from an Internet journal:
surname, name initial. (year of publication). article title. journal title, volume (journal number), page numbers/n.n. URL or DOI [no full stop at the end]
Ashe, D. D. et al. (2001). Shyness, loneliness, and attitude toward celebrities. Current Research in Social Psychology6. http://www.uiowa.edu/~grpproc/crisp/cri.6.9

g) article from an Internet newspaper/magazine:
surname, name initial. (year, month, day of publication). article title. newspaper/magazine title. URL [no full stop at the end]
Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

Other Internet sources should be described in a similar way, with the author(s)’ name, title, website name, sponsor’s name, if applicable, last update and access date.

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