Babel – the magazine for lovers of languages and linguistics

Babel is the quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format. Our print and digital issues cover a vast array of language lovers’ lore, taking in languages from around the world; the past, present and future of language, and the many different uses of linguistics in the world around us.

Our Best Of issue is available for free, with features taken from across our first 32 issues. You can read it online by clicking the link below, or get in touch at for a print or PDF copy.

Our sampler issue and Babel No1 are also free to read.

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“Can’t recommend Babel highly enough.
If you love language you’ll be blown away – for pros and all language enthusiasts

Stephen Fry

What’s in Babel?

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Each 52-page issue of Babel contains unique articles on linguistic issues. Get a taster of some of our most popular articles below:

Each issue also contains regular features. Babel staples include our Linguistic lexicon A-Z of important linguistic terminology, Languages of the world introductions to everything from Maltese to Northern Sotho, and Ask a linguist, in which an agony linguist answers your questions on everything from why we use ‘X’ for a kiss to noun capitalisation in German!

You can find a full guide to what’s in Babel in our Issue guide.

Babel is available in print, digital and print + digital formats – subscribe now!

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