Aims and scope

Histoire Épistémologie Langage is an international biannual journal, founded in 1979, co-edited by the Société d'Histoire et d'Épistémologie des Sciences du Langage (International Society for the History and Epistemology of the Language Sciences, SHESL) and EDP Sciences. Its aim is to promote and spread original research and knowledge in this field. The historical dimension involves the documentation of models from other times and traditions, and is central to an understanding of evolutionary processes and their causes. Epistemology offers critical perspectives on all aspects of the language sciences: linguistics, grammar, rhetoric, logic, pragmatics, philosophy of language, semiotics.

An advisory editorial board and a scientific committee, composed of major international specialists in the subject, assist the associate editors in the reviewing process and play a consultative role.

Histoire Épistémologie Langage reaches an international readership and provides a scholarly meeting point for authors from universities and research centers in France, Europe and all over the world.

Contributions are published in several European languages. HEL has been awarded the Prix Brunet of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.


All issues of the journal from 1979 on can be accessed freely via Persée, three years after they have been published .

Les Dossiers d’HEL, is the electronic supplement of the journal HEL.

See: http://htl.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr/hel/presentation