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Objective and editorial policy

DELTA: Documentação de estudos em lingüística teórica e aplicada is adressed to all areas of study of language and speech, whether theoretical or applied. Only unpublished contributions will be considered.

In addition, submissions must not have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Submissions must fit into one of these categories: Article, Debate, Squib, Overview (critical overview of the state of the art), Book Note and Reviews.

Researchers from countries around the world are invited to submit their papers which will be sent to two anonymous referees from the Editorial Board. In the event of a tie, a third review will be called. If necessary, an ad hoc referee will be invited.

Contributions can be submitted in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

Articles, Overviews, Debates are preceded by an abstract not exceeding 150 words, in English and Portuguese. The abstract in research papers should contain information about the problem, objective, theory, methodology and findings. As for word processing software to be used and general typing instructions see Guidelines for submission.

The acceptance of papers by the journal entails the transference of the copyright to the publishers.

There are no fees for submission and review articles.

Plagiarism Policy
"The Journal adopts plagtracker system for plagiarism identification."


Gudelines for submissions

Papers should be submitted through


Do not use endnotes, use only footnotes. These must be placed at the bottom of the page, starting with number 1. Should there be a footnote at the title, it must be marked with an asterisk (*) only. Footnotes should not be used for bibliographical references.


References should be made in the text as follows: References should be made within the text as in: Chomsky (1995:152)...; after a quotation use: ...(Chomsky 1995:152); when it is not a quotation (cf.: Chomsky 1995:152). Never use idem or idem, ibidem.

Start the list of references with the word REFERENCES. The entries must be typed in alphabetical order and be single spaced. Type 5 dashes in the case of repeated authors. The format of the references must follow the examples below:

Labov, William. 2001. Principles of Linguistic Change. Massachusetts/Oxford: Blackwell.

Lobato, Lúcia. 2000. Formal features and parameter setting: A view from Portuguese past participles in romance future tense. D.E.L.T.A. 16/Especial: 99-128.

Oliveira, Marco Antonio & Maria Luiza Braga. 1997. On Focussing sentences in Brazilian Portuguese. In: Gregory R. Guy, Crawford Feagin, Deborah Schiffrin & John Baugh. Eds.. Towards a Social Science of Language. Vol.2: Social Interactional Discourse Structures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Note to EndNote users: If you want to use the EndNote bibliography package to format your references, you should download the DELTA Output Style to automatically produce references in accordance with the guidelines. Download the file (31.1 KB) and save it to the Endnote Styles folder on your computer, then select DELTA.ens as the desired output option in Endnote.

Tables, figures, etc.

Tables, charts, figures and trees must be sent within the paper in their proper places. Use high definition graphics. Their titles must be numbered with Roman numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) and capital letters are used for initials.

Abstract / Resumo

Each submission must have two abstracts: one written in English and another written in Portuguese, around 100 words each. They must be typed in italics, introduced by the word ABSTRACT (for the English version) and RESUMO (for the Portuguese version). It is advisable to have them read by native speakers. After the English abstract, type 'Key words' and list up to four key words; after the Portuguese abstract, type 'Palavras-chave' and type up to four key words in Portuguese.


Should there be any, after the references, preceded by the word Appendix, in upper case. If long stretches of text from published works are to be annexed, please provide camera ready copy as well as complete bibliographical reference and permission from the publishers for reproduction.

DELTA keeps the copyright of the papers submitted unless it officially withdraws this right on request. Papers submitted are not to be witdrawn after the process of refereeing starts.


  • ARTICLE: maximum length: 10,000 words;
  • OVERVIEW, DEBATE: maximum length: 12,000 words;
  • SQUIBS: maximum length: 6,000 words;
  • REVIEW: maximum length: 3,600 words and
  • BOOK NOTES 2,000 words.


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