The editors of Glossa are proud to present the first four publications of our journal. The publication of these articles marks a milestone. Indeed, we have been able to flip our journal from subscription to Open Access in about four months. In this way, we provide proof of concept that it is possible to quickly and seamlessly move an entire editorial team, its editorial board, its authors and its readers to a new publishing platform. This transition could not have been achieved without the unwavering support and enthusiasm of authors, readers, and reviewers via social media, the press, and personal e-mails. Many authors whose paper was under consideration at Lingua withdrew their submission there to entrust it to Glossa. No less than 10 Special Issue editors and their authors did the same. In addition to these Special Issues, Glossa currently has over 110 papers under consideration for publication.


Articles in Glossa will be published online as soon as they are ready. Every year of publication will correspond to a volume. Each Special Issue will receive its own issue number, in which articles will again be continuously published until the Special Issue is completed. Regular articles will be published in a single continuous issue with its own number. This means that the various Special Issues and the single Regular Issue, which together constitute a volume, will proceed in parallel, with the Regular Issue being closed at the end of the year, and the Special Issues being closed off when the final article is in.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my special thanks to two former editorial board members of Lingua who served as the Interim Editors of Glossa until 1 January 2016: Guido Vanden Wyngaerd and Waltraud Paul. They skillfully and patiently steered the journal through its initial phase during the last months of 2015. They also supervised the initial typesetting process and pored over the resulting proofs of the articles that are now before you. Thanks also to Eric Bakovic, Kai von Fintel, and Stefan Müller for their unstinting support and sound advice during the transition period.

I would also like to thank the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), who provided considerable financial guarantees to cover Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the first 5 years. I would also like to thank the Open Library of Humanities (, which has guaranteed payment of the APCs after the first five years through its consortial library funding model. This provides the long-term sustainability of Glossa, ensuring that no researcher will ever have to pay for APCs out of their own pocket.

Many thanks go to the team at Ubiquity Press, our publisher. More in particular, I would like to thank Brian Hole, who enthusiastically embraced the project from the start; Tom Mowlam and Sam Hall, who put up with all our technical questions; and Tommaso Olivero and Abhijit Pathre, who oversaw the typesetting. Thanks also go to Dirk van Gorp, our editorial manager who provides editorial support for the journal thanks to the Radboud University Library’s involvement in LingOA.

A final word of thanks goes to Saskia de Vries, who was at the origin of this project. Saskia convinced me a few years ago that Open Access was a viable road for linguistics. She has staunchly supported the broader LingOA ( project that Glossa is a part of with her thorough knowledge of the publishing business and her good humour.

    1. For the editors,
    2. Johan Rooryck
    3. Editor in Chief


Forthcoming articles

Boban Arsenijevic & Martina Gracanin Yuksek. Agreement and the structure of relative clauses

Alice Corr. Wide-focus subject-verb inversion in Ibero-Romance: a ‘locative’ account

Jason Ginsburg. Modeling of Problems of Projection: A Non-countercyclic Approach

Peter Hallman. Universal Quantification as Degree Modification in Arabic

Dimitris Michelioudakis & Ioanna Sitaridou. Recasting the typology of multiple wh-fronting: Evidence from Pontic Greek

Dennis Ott. Ellipsis in Appositives

Marjorie Pak. How allomorphic is English article allomorphy?

Yosuke Sato & Simin Karimi. Subject-Object Asymmetries in Persian Argument Ellipsis and the Anti-Agreement Theory

Florian Schäfer & Margot Vivanco. Anticausatives are weak scalar expressions, not reflexive expressions