Naše řeč (Our Speech) is a refereed scholarly journal devoted to Czech as a first language. It publishes texts on Czech primarily from a synchronic perspective, but also from a diachronic one, and addresses questions of Czech grammar, vocabulary, orthography and stylistics, in general and with a focus on the language of individual literary works. It devotes attention to the standard/literary variety of Czech in relation to other varieties. At its forefront are questions of language cultivation and the developmental dynamics of Czech, as well as problems of usage, norms, and codification. The journal also elaborates the Czech language discussion of current topics in linguistics.
The inaugural issue of Naše řeč was published in 1916.
In addition to original scholarly articles, Naše řeč publishes book reviews and reports about new publications and scholarly activities in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. A special feature of the journal is the genre of the short commentary, which provides an original research-based explanation of a specific linguistic feature. This usually concerns an individual word or limited set of expressions, sometimes interpreting the origin of the words, commenting on their meaning, usage, and the like. Short commentaries are similar in character to scholarly articles as concerns their content, composition and formal qualities, and are typically two to three pages in length. The final page of each issue of Naše řeč typically contains one question concerning language from the Language Consulting Center of the Institute of the Czech Language.
Articles and short commentaries are always reviewed by at least two reviewers, and reviews, short reports and information by one reviewer. The questions sent to the Language Consulting Center and the answers to them are not refereed. The review process is always double-blind.
Beginning with issue 3/2008, all articles include an English abstract, Czech and English key words, and the address of the author.
Naše řeč is published by the Czech Language Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, a public research institution.
Naše řeč is indexed in the following databases:
Year's Work of Modern Language Studies, chapter on Czech studies: Language (London, GB) – annotated in English;
Modern Language Association of America – International Bibliography. Vol. 3: Linguistics (New York, USA) – with English key words;
Bibliographie linguistique (Leiden, NL) – annotated in English.
The journal is published five times per year. The price for a single issue is 50 CZK. ISSN 0027-8203.
Contributions and books for review can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to: Naše řeč, Institute of the Czech Language, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Letenská 4, 118 51 Prague 1, Czech Republic.