• Isabelle van der Bom Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sara Mills Sheffield Hallam University
  • Laura L. Paterson The Open University




language, discriminatory language, hate speech


We are pleased to present you with this very first issue of the new Journal of Language and Discrimination. The topic of discrimination is important across a large number of diverse but related fields, and much research concerning discrimination involves language as a core component. This multidisciplinary journal has been established to encourage researchers from different backgrounds to consider the range of work being undertaken within and outside their specialisms. It has a wide scope and we encourage submissions from scholars at all levels whose work focuses in some way on the relationship between language and discrimination

Author Biographies

Isabelle van der Bom, Sheffield Hallam University

Postdoctoral researcher and associate lecturer, English department, Sheffield Hallam University

Sara Mills, Sheffield Hallam University

Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2005, Manchester University Press), Michel Foucault (Critical Thinkers Series, 2003, Routledge), Feminist Post-Colonial Theory: An Anthology (edited with Reina Lewis, 2003, Edinburgh University Press) and Gender and Politeness (2003, Cambridge University Press).

Laura L. Paterson, The Open University

Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics


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How to Cite

van der Bom, I., Mills, S., & Paterson, L. L. (2017). Editorial. Journal of Language and Discrimination, 1(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1558/jld.34362