Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions about Babel. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, get please in touch at

Inside Babel

Does Babel cover languages other than English?
Babel is produced in the UK but contains features on a wide variety of languages. For example, Babel No8 contains articles on borrowed words in English, the multilingual culture of the Vaupes region of Colombia, learning Chinese, and a fusion of English and Korean called Konglish. Our regular Languages of the world feature also documents different languages from across the globe. We welcome contributions from all parts of the world and on the subject of any language – find out how to contribute below.


Getting your copy of Babel

Do I have to use Paypal to pay for my subscription?
Although Paypal is our main payment method, our Subscribe page allows subscribers to make a transfer from their bank. The red textbox on the right-hand side of the page also allows you to download an invoice form for paying by cheque or bank transfer.


Can I set up a gift subscription?

Yes. When registering as a new user, make sure that you enter the intended recipient’s details in the address fields provided (starting with Recipient name). After filling in the registration page, you will be redirected to a page prompting you for your billing address.


What is the difference between an individual subscription and an institutional subscription?

Individual subscriptions are our standard subscriptions, suitable for individual readers. Our institutional subscriptions are for schools, universities, businesses, etc. and reflect the fact that these subscriptions tend to be enjoyed by larger numbers of readers.


The digital archive

What formats are the digital issues available in?
Our digital issues are suitable for PC, Mac, Netbooks, Tablets, iPads, iPhones and Android. More details about our digital edition can be found on our Digital Archive page.


Can digital issues be shared among friends/staff/students?

Individual subscriptions cannot be shared. However, we do provide institutional subscriptions for schools and businesses that wish to make Babel available to staff or students.


Why are my log-in details not working?

If you have trouble logging into the digital issues in our Digital Archive, get in touch at [email protected].


Can you supply PDFs of Babel?

Unfortunately we cannot provide PDF copies of the magazine. However, digital subscribers are able to access all digital issues for one year. You can also read the Babel sampler and Babel No1 free online.


Contributing to Babel

Can I write for Babel?
We welcome ideas and submissions from all linguists. The main criteria is that articles communicate ideas about language in a way that is accessible and stimulating. Potential contributors can submit feature articles or a piece that would suit one of our regular features, such as Languages of the world. We provide guidelines for all types of contributions, which can be downloaded by clicking the links below. We also suggest getting in touch to arrange a deadline for submission – this will help us plan which issue to fit your article into.

If you do not wish to write an article yourself, but would like to suggest ideas for possible articles, please get in touch – especially if you have a burning question for Ask a linguist!

If you have any questions about contributing to Babel, get in touch at [email protected]

Contributors’ guidelines:
Feature articles
Ask a linguist
Languages of the world
Lives in language
Meet the professionals
Pull-out features
Book reviews