《Journal of African Language and Culture Studies》 Call for Papers

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African Language and Culture Studiesis sponsored by Beijing Foreign Studies University (School of African Studies) and published by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. It focuses on African languages, literature, societies, cultures and comparative studies on Chinese and African culture, and publishes outstanding academic papers on the related studies of Chinese and foreign scholars, with special focus on topics including studies of African indigenous languages, African language teaching & acquisition, language policies and planning in African countries, literature in African indigenous languages, English, French, Arabic and Portuguese, cultures of traditional African societies, comparative studies of Chinese and African cultures, and cross-cultural communication between China and Africa. It has the following columns: African languages and literature, African societies and cultures, special column, cross-cultural comparison and communication between China and Africa, monographic study, academic trends and book review, etc. Experts and scholars at home and abroad are welcome to submit academic papers.

I. Submission Requirements

1. The submitted papers should be original, academic and theory-based. Enriched content, novel viewpoints, rigorous logic, sufficient evidence, reliable data and concise language are expected from the submissions.

2. Submissions should comply with the style and formatting guidelines and have all necessary elements. Articles for general columns should be between 8,000 to 12,000 words, and book reviews are expected to be 4,000 to 6,000 words, inclusive of the title, abstract, keywords and reference.

3. Books reviewed for the Book Review column should be academic publications on African languages, literature, societies and cultures published within three years.

4. All submissions should comply with relevant academic standards. Sources of directly quoted argumentations and opinions should be cited with clear page numbers, for example, (Chomsky, 1995: 50). Plagiarism and repeated content should be avoided. Sources of key ideas or opinions that are indirectly quoted should also be cited, for example, (Chomsky, 1995). Excessive quotation of second-hand literature should be avoided.

II. How to Submit and Other Issues

1. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.Please send your manuscript to jalcs@bfsu.edu.cn.

2.Pleasekeep the original manuscript since the journal will not return it.

3. Review process and response: Submitted papers will be first reviewed by two peer experts anonymously. If the two reviews differ widely,athird reviewer will be invited. The author will be informed the final decisionwithin three months after the journal receives the paper. If there is no response after three months, the author may submit the paper to other journals, but please do not do sowithin three months, otherwise the author will be held accountable for consequences.

4. The author takes sole responsibility for the submitted paper, but the editorial board reserves the right to make necessary modifications to fit the text to the layout.

5. The journal will send two print copies to the author for free if the article is accepted.

6. Contact of the Editorial Office:+86 10-88816484

III. Style Guidelines

1. Structure

(1) Author details (on one single page) should include the author’s full name, postal address, phone number, email address and biography (100-200 words). The biography should include the author’s real name, affiliation, academic title, position and main academic interests.

(2) Chinese title, abstract (200-300 words) and keywords (3-5, separated by


(3)English title, abstract (200-300 words) and keywords (separated by semicolons).

(4)Main text, references and appendices.

(5) All citations should be parenthetical citations.

(6) All notes should be footnotes, using the format①,②,③.

2. Formatting Guidelines

(1) Submit in Microsoft Word format with single line spacing. The font size of the main title should be 15pt. The first-level heading should be 14pt, the second-level heading 12pt, and the third-level heading and the main text 10.5pt. The English text and numbers should be typed in Times New Roman.

(2) The hierarchy of section headings should not exceed three levels, and all headings should stick to the left without spacing. The headings of different levelsshould be numbered as 1, 1.1, 1.1.1 and so on. There should be a space between the sequence number and the heading text. The numbering of example sentences in the main text should be Arabic numerals in parentheses, for example, (1), (2) and (3).

(3) All figures and tables should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. Figure captions should be placed below the figures, while table captions must be placed above the tables, for example, Figure 1 Descriptive Caption, and Table 1 Descriptive Caption.

3. References

Referencing should be compliant with relevant standards. Citations in the text and at the end of an article should be strictly consistent. The authors should verify every reference at the end of the article before submitting, so as to avoid erroneous or missing information. References in English and other languages should be placed in the front, followed by Chinese references. Please see examples below.

(1). To reference journal articles

CARSTENS V, 2005. Agree and EPP in Bantu [J]. Natural language and linguistic theory, 23 (2): 219–279.

IRVINE J T, 2008. Subjected words: African linguistics and the colonial encounter [J]. Language & communication, 28: 323-343.

MAKONI S B, PENNYCOOK A, 2005. Disinventing and (re)constituting languages [J]. Critical inquiry in language studies, 2(3): 137-156.

SUNSTEIN C R, 1996. Social norms and social roles [J/OL]. Columbia law review, 96:903 [2012-01-26]. http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/clr96&id= 913&collecion=journals &index=journals/clr.




(2). To reference theses in theses collections

CHOMSKY N, 2000. Minimalist inquiries: the framework [C]//MARTIN R, MICHAELS D, URIAGEREKA J. Step by step: essays on minimalist syntax in honor of Howard Lasnik. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press: 89-156.

LEGÈRE K, ROSENDAL T, 2008. Linguistic landscapes and the African perspective [C]//PÜTZ M, MUNDT N. Expanding the linguistic landscape: linguistic diversity, multimodality and the use of space as a semiotic resource. Bristol: Multilingual Matters:153-179.

刘丹青,1996.东南方言的体貌标记[C]//张双庆.动词的体.香港:香港中文大学中国文化研究所吴多泰中国语文研究中心: 9-33.

(3). To reference monographs

CHOMSKY N, 1995. The minimalist program [M]. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

AYAFOR M, GREEN M, 2017. Cameroon Pidgin English: A comprehensive grammar [M]. Amsterdam: Benjamins.


陆俭明,马真, 1985.现代汉语虚词散论[M].北京:北京大学出版社.

(4). To reference translation works

NEDJALKOV V P, 1983/1988. Typology of resultative constructions[C]. Trans, BERNARD C. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


(5). To reference conference proceedings / reports

AELBRECHT L, 2008. Dutch modal complement ellipsis and English VPE [R]. Talk presented at CGSW 23, Edinburgh, June 12-13, 2008.

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 1990. Guidelines for handling excavated acid-producing material: PB91-1940001[R]. Springfield: U.S. Department of Commerce National Information Service.

World Health Organization, 1970. Factors regulating the immune response: report of WHO Scientific Group [R]. Geneva: WHO.



(6). To reference degree dissertations/theses

HUANG C T J, 1982. Logical relations in Chinese and the theory of grammar [D]. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


(7). To reference compilations/theses collections

GIACALONE A, HOPPER P J, 1998. The limits of grammaticalization [C]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.



(8). To reference web content

JIANG Y, 2000. The Tao of verbal communication: an elementary textbook on pragmatics and discourse analysis [EB/OL]. (2006-04-30)[2021-07-01]. http://www.polyu.edu.hk/~cbs/jy/teach.htm.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2010. Why and how Africa should invest in African languages and multilingual education: an evidence- and practice-based policy advocacy brief [EB/OL]. (2010-07) [2021-03-09]. https://uil.unesco.org/literacy/multilingual-research/why-and-how-africa-should-invest-african-languages-and-multilingual.

王岳川,2004.当代传媒中的网络文化与电视批评[EB/OL]. (2006-04-30)[2021-07-01].http://www.blocchina.com/new/display/58592.htm.

(9). To reference newspapers

MACHANICK P, 2020. Covid logic beats “irrational” human logic [N]. Mail & Guardian, 2020-07-29.

Lusaka Times, 2018. Use of local languages in lower grades a success [N/OL]. Lusaka times, 2018-02-12 [2021-03-09].https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/02/12/use-local-languages-lower-grades-success/.


傅刚,赵承,李佳路,2000.大风沙过后的思考[N/OJ].北京青年报, 2000-01-12 [2005-09-18]. http://www.bjyouth.com.cn/Bqb/20000412/GB/4216%5ED0412B1401.htm.