Information for authors and guest editors

Contributions of different sizes are welcome; there are no restrictions with regard to number of words or images, or any other content. Contributions and enquiries should be sent to ( We welcome both individual papers for open issues as well as guest-edited theme issues. Normally, The Mouth appears twice a year (spring and fall each year); in special cases, additional issues can be published. For contributions on urgent topics, we also offer space in our blog.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Palatino Linotype 12 pt, double-spaced, in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect format including a PDF copy. Please follow the Harvard citation style but not quiete:

Honwana, Alcida & Filip de Boeck (eds.). Makers and Breakers: Children and Youth in Postcolonial Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
Kießling, Roland & Maarten Mous. 2004. Urban youth languages in Africa. Anthropological Linguistics 46.3: 303–241.

Pennycook, Alistair. 2016. Mobile times, mobile terms: The trans-super-poly-metro movement. In Coupland, Nikolas (ed.) Sociolinguistics: Theoretical Debates, pp. 201–216. Cambrige: Cambridge University Press.

Rampton, Ben, Jan Blommart, Karel Arnaut & Massimiliano Spotti. 2015. Superdiversity and sociolinguistics. Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies 152. [,-Blommaert,-Arnaut--Spotti-2015-Superdiversity-and-sociolinguistics.aspx] (accessed 14 March 2018).

Storch, Anne. 2011. Secret Manipulations. Language and Context in Africa. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wilson, Catherina. 2012. The Congolese Yankee. Language and Identity among Youth in Kisangani. Leiden University: MA thesis.

Linguistic examples should be presented by using Leipzig glossing rules but do not necessarily have to be interlinearized.  Italics are preferred to underlining. Tables, figures, images and examples should be placed within the text at the appropriate place and submitted as separate files. Multimedia components are encouraged.

Double-blind peer review: All submissions are first reviewed by the editors (internal review) and then sent out for blind peer review to two external reviewers. All published contributions are available as open access publications. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication.