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- As SPIL PLUS is a peer-reviewed journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
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Akkers ("Acorns") are brief, self-contained and explicit notes which call attention to a theoretically unexpected observation about language without the need for a developed analysis or solution. They are none-the-less subject to peer review.
Such short notes are also known as "squibs", a term coined by Prof Háj Ross, one of the first editors of Linguistic Inquiry, who defines them as follows:
Squibs are short notes about kinky facts of language. They may occasionally be welcome, in that they provide evidence for someone’s pet theory. Most frequently, however, they are rambunctious, insolent, nose-thumbing bazookas, taunting theoreticians of every stripe, daring them to stretch their minds enough to wrap around the damned facts the squibs call to our attention. In Athenian Greece, poets were not allowed to be citizens – they were too unpredictable, irreverent. Squibs are the poets sneering outside the walls of Theoretopolis, mocking us. But with luck, squibs become seeds. (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/haj/Squibnet/)
Manuscripts accepted as Akkers will not be required to propose a solution to problems they address as long as their relevance to theoretical issues is made clear.
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