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Instructions for authors

When submitting the final manuscript to the journal, please add a cover page with: the title of the article, followed by the name of the author (and/or editor in the case of a special issue), affiliation, postal and electronic addresses. If the article has several authors please supply the necessary information for each author and indicate the corresponding author.

Articles submitted for publication in the journal Discours should respect the guidelines provided below. Articles written in French should follow French typographical conventions (including French quotation marks, even for English references). Articles written in English should follow English typographical conventions (including English quotation marks and no spaces before punctuation marks, even for French references).

Style sheet

Please download the style sheet (‘feuille_de_style_Discours’) under the heading ‘à l’attention des auteurs’ > ‘ feuille de style’. To use the style sheet, open it, then open your own document, select the whole text, cut it and paste it into the style sheet. You then have at your disposal, as well as the classic functions of text processing software, four tabs which will enable you to format your document. These tabs appear at the bottom of the toolbar.

NB: If the styles toolbar does not appear (on the left-hand side of the screen), click on ‘Tools > Options > Style area width’ (‘Outils > Options > Largeur de la zone de style’) and choose a width (e.g. 4 cm or 96 pt). Check that you are in normal ‘view’ format. If, on the contrary, you wish to suppress it, choose a width of 0 or the page layout view.

In order to apply a given style to a paragraph, highlight the paragraph and apply the style. Please do not insert unnecessary paragraphs. If it is necessary to begin a new line within a paragraph, use the line-shift key (Shift + Enter). You should not add other styles, but it is possible to use the given styles with italics (e.g. Normal + italics).

In general, your document should contain as little formatting as possible. For articles in French, non-breaking spaces should be used before all double punctuation marks, percentage symbols and within numbers. Use French quotation marks.


Title (‘Titre’)

Use a capital letter only for the beginning of the title. The rest should be in small letters with no period/full stop at the end.

Author (‘Auteur’)

Enter the first author’s name and affiliation, followed (if applicable) by that of the second author with his/her affiliation. Do not use footnotes.

The author’s affiliation should be formatted using the tabs ‘métadonnées complémentaires’ and ‘description de l'auteur’.

French abstract (‘Resumé’)

If possible, please provide an abstract in French (this is obligatory for articles in French). This abstract should be 1500 characters long (including spaces). Be careful not to skip a line within your abstract. If it is necessary to begin a new line, use the line-shift key.

Keywords (‘Mots-clés’)

All keywords (including the first) should be in lower case. They should be separated by commas. Do not put a period at the end.


All articles must be accompanied by an abstract in English of 1500 characters (including spaces), formatted using the tab ‘abstract’. Take care not to skip a line within the abstract. If it is necessary to begin a new line, use the line-shift key.


All articles must be accompanied by a list of keywords in English. This list is formatted using the tab ‘keywords’. As with the French keywords they should all be in lower case (even the first), and separated by commas. Do not put a period at the end.

Body of article / bibliography/ examples

Use the tab ‘text’(‘texte’) for formatting the body of the article in ‘normal’ mode, the tab ‘bibliography’ (‘Bibliographie’) for the bibliography and the tab ‘quotations b’ (‘Citations bis’) for the examples. Other styles are available using the tab ‘text’(‘texte’) and can be used if necessary (e.g. ‘Figure title’ (‘Titre illustration’), ‘Figure caption’ (Légende illustration), ‘Thanks’ (Remerciements), ‘Quotations’ (‘Citations), ‘Bullet lists’ (‘Listes à puces’), etc.).


References should be placed at the end of the article in alphabetical order (and chronologically in the case of several publications by the same author). Within the article, references can be indicated in one of several ways:
(Clahsen, 1991) // for one author
(Heine, Kuteva, 2002) // for two authors
(Brown et al., 1991) // for three authors or more
(Pottier, 1990a) // if the references contain several publications by one author in the same year.

The order “surname, (year: page)” is recommended:
Chomsky (1993: 32) claims that …
According to several authors (Gross, 1987; Marchello-Nizia, 2006).

Please make sure all the literature referred to in the text is listed in the References and vice versa.

It is important for references to be formatted consistently, according to the specifications given in these guidelines.

Here are examples of the most common reference types to follow if your article is written in English. If you article is written in French, follow the instructions under the heading ‘Instructions aux auteurs’:


Dostie, G. 2004. Pragmaticalisation et marqueurs discursifs. Analyse sémantique et traitement lexicographique. Bruxelles: De Boeck.

Marchello-Nizia, C. 2006. Grammaticalisation et changement linguistique. Bruxelles: De Boeck.

Geluykens, R. 1992. From Discourse Process to Grammatical Construction : on Left-Dislocation in English. Studies in Discourse and Grammar 1. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Hopper, P. J., Traugott, E. C. 2003/1993. Grammaticalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapters or sections in books

Heine, B., Claudi, U., Hünnemeyer, F. 1991. Gammaticalization. A conceptual framework. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter VII: Some ‘Abstract Worlds’. 169-211.

Books with several authors

Condamines, A. (ed.) 2005. Sémantique et Corpus. Londres: Hermès. 352 p.

Sanders T., Schilperoord J. & Spooren W. (eds.) 2001. Text representation: Linguistic and Psycholinguistic aspects. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 300 p.

Contribution to a collective work

Frank, S.L., Koppen, M., Noordman, L.G.M, Vonk, W., 2005. Modeling Multiple Levels of Text Representation. In F. Schmalhofer, C.A. Perfetti (eds.), Higher level language processes in the brain: inference and comprehension processes. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum: 133-157.

Garrod, S.C., Sanford, A.J., 1994. Resolving sentences in a discourse context: how discourse representation affects language understanding. In M.A. Gernsbacher, (ed.), Handbook of Psycholinguistics. San Diego: Academic Press: 675-698.

Sanders, T.J.M., Schilperoord, J. 2006. Text structure as a window on the cognition of writing; How text analysis provides insights in writing products and writing processes. In C. MacArthur, S. Graham & J. Fitzgerald (eds.), Handbook of Writing Research. New-York: Guilford Press: 386-402.


Langue française. 1969-. Paris: Larousse. Revue trimestrielle.

Karabétian, É. S. (éd.). 1999. Langue française: Phrase, texte, discours 121. Paris: Larousse.

Discourse Processes. 2000-. 6 issues per year. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Journal articles

Charolles, M., Combettes, B. 1999. Contribution pour une histoire récente de l'analyse du discours. Langue française 121: 76-116.

Charolles, M. 2003. De la topicalité des adverbiaux détachés en tête de phrase. Travaux de Linguistique: Adverbiaux et topiques 47. M. Charolles, S. Prévost (eds.). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck Université. 11-51.

Cornish, F. 1987. Anaphoric pronouns : under linguistic control, or signalling particular discourse representations? Journal of Semantics Vol. 5 (3): 207-234.

Jacques, M.-P. 2005. Structure matérielle et contenu sémantique du texte écrit. Revue Corela 3 (2). Accessible en ligne sur
<>. Retrieved 5.12.2007.

Speer, N.K., Zacks, J.M., 2005. Temporal changes as event boundaries: processing and memory consequences of narrative time shifts. Journal of Memory and Language 53: 125–140.

Conference Proceedings

Péry-Woodley, M-P., Enjalbert, P., Gaio, M. (eds). 2006. ISDD'06: International Symposium on Discourse and Document/ Colloque international: Discours et Document. 15-16 June 2006. Caen: University of Caen.

Wischer I., Diewald G. (eds). 2002. New Reflections on Grammaticalization. Amsterdam : Benjamins.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Heine, B. 2002. On the role of context in grammaticalization. New Reflections on Grammaticalization, I. Wischer, G. Diewald (eds). Amsterdam: Benjamins. 83-101.

Muller, N., Hulk, A., Jakubowicz, C. 1999. Object Omissions in Bilingual Children : Evidence for Crosslinguistic Influence. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville: MA: Cascadilla Press. 482-494.

Thesis or dissertation

Dupont, V., 2001. Étude des représentations mentales construites lors de la compréhension de textes procéduraux. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Psychology faculty, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve.

Ho-Dac, L.M., 2007. La position initiale dans l’organisation du discours: une exploration en corpus. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of de Toulouse le Mirail, Toulouse.

Miltsakaki, E. 2003. The Syntax-Discourse Interface: effects of the Main-Subordinate Distinction on Attention Structure. PhD thesis. Department of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania.

Section of thesis or dissertation

Bilhaut, F. 2006. Analyse automatique de structures thématiques discursives - Application à la recherche d'information. Doctoral thesis in computer science, Caen: University of Caen. Part III: La plate-forme LinguaStream.191-238.

Research or technical reports

Cayol, B. 1997. Environnement de conception d'automatismes discrets basé sur le langage KWLX. Rapport de recherche 1124. Paris: Université de Paris-Sorbonne. 54 p.


Marchello-Nizia, C. forthcoming. Modéliser le changement linguistique. Romanische Forschungen.
sher, N. Forthcoming. Reference to abstract objects in English: a philosophical semantics for Natural Language metaphysics.


Saussure, F., de 1878. Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes. Reprinted Georg Olms Hildesheim, 1968.


Quotations within the body of the text should be placed within French quotation marks if the quotation is in French and within English (double) quotation marks if it is in English. Do not skip a line within the quotation. If it is necessary to begin a new line, use the line-shift key.

Examples and glosses

Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) in square brackets and formatted using the tab ‘citation bis’.

References to examples in the body of the text should be made as follows:

« In example [1], … » or « In [1],… »

[1] He didn’t sleep all night.

Examples in linguistics generally have three lines:

[2] ta        zuotian        bu       mang
     he       yesterday          Neg      be busy
     ‘yesterday he wasn’t busy’

Take care to line up the breakdown in morphemes in line 2 above the phrase in line 1 (using non-breaking spaces and not tabulations).

Make line shifts without skipping lines. Avoid italics in the gloss (line 3) which should be between single speech marks.

Additional levels within an example should be indicated as follows:

[3a] ta       mingtian       bu       mang
he      tomorrow        Neg    be busy
       ‘tormorrow he won’t be busy.’

[3b] ta       xianzai           bu       mang
        he       now      Neg     be susy
‘now he isn’t busy.’

Lists with bullet points

Use the tab ‘list with bullet points’ (‘liste à puce’) in the ‘texte’ menu. Failing this, do not use other listing modes. Do not use indentation or any special format. Do not use tabulation.

1...................... or a........................

2...................... or b........................


Footnotes formatted with ‘Word’ in the initial text are automatically retrieved in the document model. Take care not to introduce any additional formatting.

Tables and graphics

Each graphic should be submitted in a separate file in one of the following image formats: EPS, PNG or TIFF (please do not use the JPEG format), with a size of 12cm and a resolution of 300dpi (i.e. 1417px). Files should be named as follows:

  • Name of corresponding author _figure_n°1.png.

Please indicate the preferred position of the graphic in the article:

e.g. Insert graphic 3 here.

Tables should now be included in the main file (update 2013).

Plan of the article

The ‘plan’ tab allows titles to be ordered from 1 to 9.

Note: the title of the article is formatted with the tab ‘title’, in the menu ‘métadonnées Dublin Core’. Sub-titles however are formatted with the ‘plan’ tab

Titles (as in the examples) must be numbered manually (no automatic numbering) and as follows: 1., 1.1., 2., etc.. Do not use tabulations (prefer non-breaking spaces).

Please try not to have more than three levels of sub-headings.