About Phonological Data and Analysis

Phonological Data and Analysis publishes original, high-quality research papers distinguished by a particularly detailed examination of phonological patterns. The journal’s aim is to encourage scholarship grounded in substantive data that contributes to the revelation, clarification, and testing of phonological generalizations, or of the theories designed to account for them. Papers appropriate for Phonological Data and Analysis (PDA) include those that use rich data sets to document sound patterns in individual languages; that draw typological conclusions from a carefully assembled cross-linguistic database; that explore probabilistic generalizations in corpora; that examine and elucidate the assumptions of phonological theories; and that test phonological predictions with computational models or experimental methods. 


The primary content will be self-contained papers reporting original research. PDA articles range from 9,000 to 18,000 words in length, although additional space may be allocated for the presentation of extensive data. Shorter articles will also be considered for publication. Examples might be squibs or remarks that build on an earlier PDA article by providing additional data or proposing an alternative interpretation or analysis of data. Finally, PDA will publish original data sets that take the form of self-contained phonology problems which can serve as a valuable resource for phonological research and the teaching of phonology.

Open access and support

The PDA team is committed to open-access publishing. Access is free to all immediately following a paper's publication. At least one author of a published paper must be a member of the LSA in the year the paper appears. (LSA membership is not required for submission to PDA.)  Open access publishing is not cost-free: we rely on financial support from the LSA and the Editors’ home institutions to maintain the website and defray publishing costs which may not be fully covered by our resources. Donations in support of the journal’s running costs may be made to the LSA's Open Access Publications Fund.

LSA receives new challenge grant for open access publishing

The LSA is pleased to announce that Steve Anderson, former LSA President, has offered to match all donations made to the Society’s open access fund, up to $10,000, between now and the end of 2019. more ...

Published articles

This journal continues a publishing venture that began as an online-only section of the LSA journal Language entitled Phonological Analysis. A list of articles published in that section appears below, with DOI links to the content on Project MUSE, the official repository of all Language content from 2001 to the present. If you do not have access to full-text content on MUSE through your institution, you may also find these articles in the LSA’s Open Access Archive for Language, if they were published a year ago or more (because of the LSA’s “green” open access policy for Language) or the author(s) or an associated institution paid an article processing charge for immediate open access.

Volume 94, Number 1, March 2018

Beyond trochaic shortening: A survey of Central Pacific languages
Kie Zuraw
pp. e1-e42 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2018.0011

Volume 93, Number 4, December 2017

Phonological conditions on variable adjective and noun word order in Tagalog
Stephanie S. Shih, Kie Zuraw
pp. e317-e352 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2017.0075
All dissimilation is computationally subsequential
Amanda Payne
pp. e353-e371 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2017.0076
Supplemental material: https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2017.0079

Volume 92, Number 3, September 2016

An overview of Kabarasi verb tone
Kristopher J. Ebarb
pp. e134-e191 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0054

Volume 92, Number 2, June 2016

Tone assignment in Hong Kong English
Lian-Hee Wee
pp. e67-e87 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0039
From intensional properties to universal support
Birgit Alber, Natalie DelBusso, Alan Prince
pp. e88-e116 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0029

Volume 92, Number 1, March 2016

Cumulativity and ganging in the tonology of Awa suffixes
Laura McPherson
pp. e38-e66 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0010
Supplemental material: https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0023

Volume 91, Number 3, September 2015

The acquisition of prosody in American Sign Language
Diane Brentari, Joshua Falk, George Wolford
pp. e144-e168 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2015.0042

Volume 91, Number 2, June 2015

Can phonological universals be emergent?: Modeling the space of sound change, lexical distribution, and hypothesis selection
Rebecca L. Morley
pp. e40-e70 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2015.0019
Online appendices: https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2015.0030

Volume 91, Number 1, March 2015

The foot domain in Bambara
Christopher R. Green
pp. e1-e26 | https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2015.0009