I want to cite some articles directly in Semantics, Volume 2 by de Gruyter (2011). I wonder if each article in it is a journal or conference paper that can be cited directly. Otherwise, I should cite the entire book of Semantics, Volume 2, right?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not specific to linguistics and is within the scope of Academia.
    – Nardog
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:46
  • @Nardog, this post is not off-topic because it is related to linguistic bibliography. So it should be left open.
    – hermes
    Dec 29 '19 at 16:46
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    Although the general rule is to cite a specific chapter/article etc. in an edited volume (we're talking about an in-text citation I assume), no further detail can be offered in principle because you didn't tell us what style you have to use (Chicago-17, APA-7, MLA-8 etc.).
    – Alex B.
    Dec 29 '19 at 17:10

Semantics, vol. 2 is authored by John Lyons, and published by Cambridge University press. That single-authored work would be cited as such. The item you are presumably referring to is Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, edited by von Heusinger, Maienborn & Portner and published as Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 33.2 published by de Gruyter, contains 36 articles each of which has a separate author and title. If you want to refer to the entire collection, you cite Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, edited by von Heusinger, Maienborn & Portner etc. Otherwise you cite the specific article that you are referring to.

  • If I cite the specific article in it, should I also give the book name as Semantics, vol. 2?
    – hermes
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:10
  • No, because Semantics, vol 2 is a different book. Actually, the citation would be Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, vol 2 (for articles in vol 2). The first volume (same editors) is that title, vol 1.
    – user6726
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:14
  • Are articles in edited books generally published in other journals? Or are articles in edited books more like conference papers (i.e. with less review than journals)?
    – hermes
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:22
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    @user1006 In linguistics conference presentations are often republished in journals or edited books. The conference presentation should only be used if you can't get access elsewhere. Edited books are reviewed by the editors and possibly more. But whatever you use you must cite, other formats don't matter if you don't read them.
    – curiousdannii
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:26
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    Those questions are pretty basic and you should probably read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edited_volume
    – curiousdannii
    Dec 29 '19 at 6:34

It's an edited volume, so each book chapter must be cited separately. Edited volumes are very common in linguistics and your style guide, supervisor, or librarian will be able to help you find the correct citation style.


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