The making of JALL: Its beginnings and intellectual foundations

Paul Newman
2010 Journal of African Languages and Linguistics  
JALL was conceived of as a broad-based journal of truly international scope. The intellectual underpinnings of JALL can be found in the original editorial statement, reproduced here, and in the work of three major scholars who were closely associated with African linguistics at Leiden, namely Jan Voorhoeve, with his focus on tone, Kay Williamson, with her dedication to on-site fieldwork, and John Stewart, with his emphasis on solid historical linguistics. The scientific principle that underlay
more » ... iple that underlay JALL at the outset and continued throughout its thirty-year history was a commitment to sophisticated, theoretically-informed empiricism.
doi:10.1515/jall.2010.002 fatcat:4ycgc54mbfhqpbcbn5ue5j5rlu