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  • From the Editor
  • Steven Franks, Editor-in-Chief

This issue comes so quickly on the heels of 19.1 that there is virtually nothing newsworthy to report. In fact, the Journal's most significant accomplishment in the past two months is succeeding in publishing both 2011 numbers in time for the annual SLS meeting, which this year takes place 1-3 September 2011 at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence. Next year's meeting is already determined and a call appears at the back of this issue. SLS 2012 will be at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, 25-27 August. Invited speakers are Brian Joseph, Catherine Rudin, and Alan Timberlake.

The present issue offers a typical assortment of material. Sadly, once again we report on the passing of a young and highly productive linguist, Maria Babyonyshev. Reading this In Memoriam piece, I was struck by the range and depth of her contributions to the study of Russian syntax. The three articles printed in these pages offer new insights into thorny problems, and the two reviews examine important recent books in the field. Keith Langston's review of Snježana Kordi's controversial book Jezik i nacionalizam is particularly noteworthy, both because of the difficulty of offering a fair review of a book that takes a hardnosed stand on such a contentious and subjective issue as whether Croatian and Serbian should be called distinct languages and because in JSL 18.2 we published a paper by John Bailyn which reported his research demonstrating how similar Serbian and Croatian really are.

In my column in the last issue I catalogued a retinue of changes in JSL staffing and a number of on-going SLS issues. Since these are just as fresh now as they were then, I do not repeat them here. [End Page 1]



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