History of the Journal

The journal Voprosy Jazykoznanija (‘Topics in the Study of Language’) was founded on July 1, 1950 by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR as a dedicated periodical in theoretical linguistics. The first issue was published in February 1952. Voprosy Jazykoznanija rapidly gained a leading status in the field, unifying scholars from research institutes and universities all over the country and providing a platform for broad scholarly dialogue. Viktor Vinogradov, a prominent specialist in Russian philology, served as the first Editor-in-Chief. Subsequently, the journal was headed by Viktor Zhirmunsky, Fedot Filin, Georgy Stepanov, Tamaz Gamkrelidze, Nikita Tolstoy, Oleg Trubachev, Tatiana Nikolaeva, and, at present, Vladimir Plungian. The Editorial Board endeavors to represent advances in all main areas of contemporary linguistics, following the journal’s long-standing traditions.