As noted in the announcement that Junko Ito had joined Michael Kenstowicz as a phonology editor of NLLT, the journal will now be publishing shorter squib-like pieces. I wanted to get the low-down on this exciting move, so I contacted Junko and we set up a webchat interview. (Junko’s idea — I was Junko’s undergrad student in the early 90s, and even then she was way ahead of me in the new technology area.) The interview in full is below the fold.
Eric: Hi, Junko, I hear NLLT is starting a squibs section. Is that right?
Junko: Yes, we are hoping that such a section would attract short articles that are thought-provoking and put forth new observations and ideas. Submissions should be 15 pages or less–obviously not a venue for major theoretical proposals, but for brief remarks, replies, and discussions.
E: Are there special editors for these short pieces?
E: Is the reviewing going to take just as long?
J: The editors are hoping that reviewing will take less time for short pieces. Because Springer recently changed the page layout of NLLT, I am told that there is now a shorter turnaround time even for regular articles. And one other thing–NLLT is also very interested in publishing experimental/phonetics work that bear on theoretical issues in phonology.
E: That all sounds very good. :)
J: I hope so. Any other questions?
E: Not that I can think of right now.
J: OK, any other questions about NLLT submissions or guidelines, please be sure to email me or Mike. Bye!