Department of Anthropology

LMS Stylesheet and information for contributors

1. General Information

Language, Meaning and Society (LMS) accepts original papers about linguistic anthropology as well as equipment and book reviews closely related to significant topics of linguistic anthropological interest. For most of the style requirements, we follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Each contribution should be typed, single-space, in English and should include quotations and excerpts, notes, references, tables and figure captions. Do not include any headers or footers including page numbers. Margins throughout the manuscript (top, bottom, and both sides) must be at least 1 inch/2.54 cm; the right margin should not be justified.

All phonetic characters should be limited to the International Phonetic Alphabet.

All foreign words and characters need to have interlinear gloss in English.

When writing sign language examples, please provide both glosses and translations. Because there is no standard system for the representation of signed languages (such as the IPA for spoken languages), we encourage frame grabs and/or video clips in addition to written representations.

For further details, consult the American Anthropological Association Style Guide and Examples and Glosses of Sign Language and Linguistics.

Original papers
Submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words.

Equipment review
In this section we encourage submissions about any tools that are used for the purpose of linguistic anthropological analyses. Include the name of the software or hardware, where and by whom it was developed and for what general purposes. Briefly describe a project you have been using the equipment for and evaluate its effectiveness. In your evaluation, include a summary of your theoretical and/or methodological concerns and the ways in which the software/hardware you are evaluating enabled or prohibited analysis. Screen shots and other visual representations are encouraged. Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words.

Book review
Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words.

2. Submission procedure

We accept manuscripts in digital form. Articles should be submitted via email as a PDF file AND either a Word file or in Rich Text Format. Figures, pictures and artwork must be camera-ready (at least 300 dpi in JPEG format).

For those who have video clips, do not attach them to the email but mail them to us as QuickTime files saved on a CD.

Email: or

Mailing address:
Language, Meaning, and Society • Department of Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin • 1 University Station C3200
Austin, Texas • 78712-0303 • USA

All necessary documents should be received by February 15, 2006, 11:00pm (U.S. Central Time, GMT -06:00).

Terra Edwards & Chiho Sunakawa