ANU Asia-Pacific Linguistics / Pacific Linguistics Titles
Pacific Linguistics was established in 1963 through an initial grant from the Hunter Douglas Fund.
The earliest books were published in the name of the Linguistic Circle of Canberra. The founding editor was Professor Stephen A. Wurm, who sadly passed away late in 2001.
From 1963 until 1999 Pacific Linguistics published four series:
Series A: Occasional Papers; collections of shorter papers, usually on a single topic or area
Series B: Monographs of intermediate length.
Series C: Books; publications of greater length, especially reference books such as dictionaries and grammars, and conference proceedings.
Series D: Special Publications; including archival materials, pedagogical works, maps, audiovisual productions, and materials that do not fit into the other series.
From the beginning of 2000, only a single series was been published, beginning with Pacific Linguistics 501. We are sometimes asked why we abandoned the four series. There were a number of reasons. Series A had long been problematic, as a volume could not be published until enough papers about languages of the relevant area/family were available to fill it, and this sometimes took years, to the annoyance of authors whose papers had already been accepted for publication. Series A was accordingly terminated. The borderline between Series B and C had always been hazy, and Series D simply included anything that didn't fit into Series A, B and C. An added problem which readers complained of was that some libraries treated our series as journals and some would not allow them to leave the library, whereas most of our publications are properly catalogued as books, and we were keen to emphasise that our publications are books.
Since its establishment in 1963, through to the restructuring of 2012, Pacific Linguistics published about six hundred books. The authors and editors of our publications are drawn from a wide range of institutions around the world, and our publications are refereed by international scholars with relevant expertise.
Our publications are an important source of material for linguists and others interested in the Pacific and neighbouring areas, as well as for linguists with interests in language typology, sociolinguistics, language contact and the reconstruction of linguistic change and culture history. Pacific Linguistics is proud to act as a vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge about the languages of the Pacific and the Pacific Rim, many of which are little known, and to bring them to the attention of scholars around the world, as well as providing local communities with published language material, at a time when many minority languages are under threat.
From 2012, Pacific Linguistics monographs are published by De Gruyter Mouton in Berlin, and the Studies in Language Change subseries is now an independent De Gruyter Mouton series. Additionally we publish open access e-books under in our Asia-Pacific Lingusitics series.
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