Information For Readers

We encourage all readers to comment on the papers published in PiHPh, and to use articles' comments sections (rather than, say, your own blog or social media) to do this, as the comments section makes it easier to record and refer to these comments in the future. If any discussion of a PiHPh paper occurs elsewhere, then we would encourage you to post a link to that discussion in the paper's comments section on this site.

If you have not already registered with the system that hosts PiHPh, you will need to register in order to be able to log in. In order to register, you need to send an email to this address:, with the following information:

  • First Name
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Simply email us that information and we will register you. We will email you back as soon as you have been registered.

You will need to log in to comment, using the details that you sent when you registered (or were registered). This means that all comments will be published under the name of the person commenting — anonymous commenting is not possible. If you have forgotten your registration details, there is a 'reset password' option on the login site.

Once you have logged in, you will need to go to an article's homepage, where the comments are hosted. You can find this by clicking on an article's title in an issue's table of contents. At the bottom of that page, before the DOI, you will find any comments that have already been posted, and an 'ADD COMMENT' link (you will only see the 'ADD COMMENT' link if you are logged in). You can either post a new comment or reply to a comment that has already been posted.

You will need to give your comment a title (and this will help others to reference it).

We recommend that you draft your comment in a word-processor or some other text editor and then paste it into the 'body' box on the comments page once you are happy with it, as you will not be able to edit the comment once it is posted.

Comments policy

The comments following a paper in PiHPh form part of the permanent record of materials surrounding a paper (assuming that they are approved during moderation) so we encourage you to think carefully about the comments that you post — once published, PiHPh would not expect to withdraw a comment without good reason.

Comments are citable, so they must include your name (and the year of publication will be automatically recorded).

However, there is no need to write long comments — short queries or refutations of claims are welcome. Longer comments are also welcome, but if a comment becomes very long, we would encourage you to think about submitting it as a standalone paper to PiHPh: we welcome this kind of discussion.

However, readers are welcome to submit multiple comments — we hope that on occasion conversations may occur between author and commenters.

Ad hominem comments are not allowed, and PiHPh will impose civility in comments (there is no place in comments for words like 'stupid' or 'absurd').

PiHPh encourages friendliness is commenting, but this does not by any means imply you should not say if you can provide evidence that a claim is wrong (but you should give that evidence, or provide a clear reference to it).

Comments can include references — in the normal way, following the Universal Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals.

All comments will be moderated on publication. We will remove comments which, for example, are simply unpleasant or which dismiss frameworks or certain questions as uninteresting. Comments (or whole articles) discussing fundamental frameworks and issues are welcome, however (indeed encouraged), but should be evidence-based.

Do not submit notification of typos as a comment. Please contact PiHPh directly about them (and please do this if you notice any — as all editing is done by volunteers, some will doubtless creep in). Send reports of typos to

How to cite a comment

It may be on occasion that you would like to refer elsewhere to a comment published here in response to a PiHPh paper. We would encourage this, and we recommend using the normal (author, date) system when doing so, and using the following formatting for the list of references:

[Surname-of-commenter], [Forename]. [Year-of-comment]. [Title of comment]. Comment on [Title of article] by [Name of Article's Author] (Papers in Historical Phonology, vol. [vo