We reported on the journal Language Learning a year ago. Nick Ellis of the University of Michigan Departments of Psychology and Linguistics is the General Editor of the journal. The Board of Directors also has strong Michigan Linguistics representation. It is currently chaired by Diane Larsen-Freeman, with other Michigan members being Pam Beddor, Marlyse Baptista, Dave Ogden and Mary Schleppegrell.

Language Learning has had a busy and successful year:

Google Scholar Metrics

  • According to Google Scholar, Language Learning ranks FIRST among journals in Foreign Language Learning, head and shoulders above the rest.
  • Among ALL journals in Language and Linguistics it ranks SECOND (Language and Linguistics).
  • Among ALL journals in Humanities, Literature and Arts, it ranks THIRD (Humanities, Literature & Arts)
  • Our h5-index is 31. [h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2008-2012 have at least h citations each].

Notable Activities

  • Programmatic review articles stemming from the first Currents in Language Learning meeting held in Ann Arbor in 2012 formed the inaugural volume of Currents in Language Learning Series, Agendas for Language Learning Research, edited by Lourdes Ortega, Alister Cumming, and Nick Ellis, published in March 2013.
  • The 5th A. Guiora Biennial Roundtable on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Learning took place at the Basque Centre for Brain, Cognition and Language in Donostia-San Sebastian, June 20th and 22nd under the acronym WILD (Workshop on Infant Language Development). This was an important gathering for Infant Language Research and included keynotes from Richard Aslin, Krista Byers-Heinlein, Jenny Saffran, Daniel Swingley, and Marilyn Vihman. Nuria Sebastián Gallés as LL-CNS Editor with Monika Molnar the local organizer are now putting together the Language Learning CNS Supplement for 2014.


  • The second Currents in Language Learning meeting Improving quantitative reasoning in second language research was held at Georgetown University, 26 October 2013. It was organized by Steven Ross (Associate Editor),  Rob Schoonen (ex Associate Editor), and John Norris as Conference Chair. There was a full day and a half day programme with well over 100 participants. John, Steven and Rob are assembling the second Currents in Language Learning volume for 2015. Given the quality of the meeting, this promises to be an important and influential volume.


  • Language Learning also sponsored several important Language Learning Round Table meetings:

    • Aneta Pavlenko, incoming President of American Association for Applied Linguistics, convened a Roundtable: Thinking for speaking in L2 and the limits of brain plasticity at the 2014 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, March 22-25, 2014. 
    • Panos Athanasopoulos, Emanuel Bylund, & Daniel Casasanto convened a Roundtable New and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Relativity held at Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics, March 14-16, 2014
    • Jan Hulstijn convened a Roundtable: Acquisition orders in SLA: Perspectives from Emergentism and Dynamic Systems Theory,  August 28, 2013, prior to the 23rd European Second Language Association Conference,  University of Amsterdam.