Call for Papers

The International Journal of Arabic Linguistics (IJAL) welcomes serious and scholarly works on the Arabic language. For its first issues, the editors encourage in particular papers that provide the state of the art in various aspects of Arabic linguistics: sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, language contact, and other areas. The papers should also raise issues for further research so that new generations of our readers and researchers can follow and, hopefully, contribute to the ongoing debate concerning the various phenomena that previous generations have been dealing with and their approaches to them. Among the issues that contributors can tackle, the following are suggested, but they are by no means the only ones:

  • The mixing of standard and colloquial elements in discourse (i.e. the so-called ‘Mixed Arabic’), its grammar and its social functions;
  • The Pidginization Hypothesis and the emergence of modern Arabic dialects;
  • Dialect contact and its linguistic and social consequences;
  • Contact between Arabic and other languages;
  • The history and development of Classical Arabic, its place among other Semitic languages;
  • The standardization of the ‘Arabiyya, the socio-political and the religious factors that stood behind it;

Researchers should consult the Authors’ Guide for the requirements on the format of the article. Papers should be emailed to: ijoal@arabic-linguistics.com