Asian Languages and Linguistics

Asian Languages and Linguistics aims to enhance high-quality research on the description and theoretical analysis of languages throughout Asia. The journal encourages submissions from a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:
• Theoretical research on the syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, and pragmatics of any Asian language, and the interface studies such as syntax-semantics interface and morphology-phonology interface.
• Typological research based on empirical data or theoretical analysis (following any framework) on the structural diversities and cross-linguistic variations among Asian languages or between Asian languages and other languages.
• Diachronic research based on a careful investigation of Asian languages data that contribute to the theory or methodology of historical linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary study which links historical linguistics to corpus-based research, language variation, typology, etc.
• Cross-disciplinary research between linguistics and philosophy, psychology, language processing, etc. that contributes to the understanding of Asian languages.

Contributions from a comparative or typological perspective are especially welcome.

ISSN 2665-9336 | E-ISSN 2665-9344
Sample issue: ALaL 1:1
Danqing Liu | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences | jall at
Ailan Fu | Beijing Normal University
Cheng Gong | Zhejiang University
Assistant Editor
Chia-Jung Pan | Beijing Normal University
Associate Editors
Anvita Abbi | Jawaharlal Nehru University
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald | James Cook University
Walter Bisang | Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Bernard Comrie | University of California, Santa Barbara
Gabi Danon | Bar-Ilan University
R.M.W. Dixon | James Cook University
N.J. Enfield | The University of Sydney
Andrey Filchenko | Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Jianhua Hu | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Chenglong Huang | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Xing Huang | Beijing Normal University
Randy J. LaPolla | Nanyang Technological University
Chungmin Lee | Seoul National University & The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea
Thomas Hun-Tak Lee | The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chinfa Lien | National Tsing Hua University
Haihua Pan | The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jungku Park | Seoul National University
Alain Peyraube | The French National Centre for Scientific Research
Yukinori Takubo | National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
Fuxiang Wu | Beijing Language and Culture University
Abdurishid Yakup | Minzu University of China
Hongming Zhang | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Editorial Assistant
Xiaoyu Lu | Beijing Normal University
Subscription Info
Current issue: 1:2, available as of December 2020

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 2 (2021): 2 issues; ca. 400 pp. EUR 150.00 EUR 170.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

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Volume 1 (2020)




For the benefit of production efficiency, the publisher and the editor ask you to follow the following submission guidelines strictly. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author.

Contributions should be consistent in their use of language and spelling. If you are not a native speaker of English it is advised to have your text checked by a native speaker.

When submitting the final manuscript to the journal, please include: a one-paragraph abstract, approximately five keywords, and a current mailing address.

Electronic files

Files. Contributions should not exceed 10,000 words. They should be in English following the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Please take care that you supply all the files, text as well as graphic files, used in the creation of the manuscript, and be sure to submit the final version of the manuscript. And please delete any personal comments so that these will not mistakenly be typeset and check that all files are readable.

File naming conventions. When naming your file please use the following convention: use the first three characters of the first author’s last name; if that name is Johnson, the file should be named JOH.DOC, JOH.WP5, etc. Do not use the three character extension for things other than the identification of the file type (not JOH.ART, JOH.REV). Figures can be named as follows JOH1.EPS, JOH2.TIF, JOH3.XLS, etc.

Software. Word (PC/Mac) is preferred. If you intend to use other word processing software, please contact the editors first.

Graphic files: Please supply figures as Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) conversion in addition to the original creation files.


In order to facilitate smooth production, it is important that you follow the journal’s style for consistency.

Do not add running heads. Formatting that should be supplied by you is the formatting of references (see below) and font enhancements (such as italics, boldface, caps, small caps, etc.) in the text.

Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.

Tables and figures. All tables, trees and figures must fit within the following page size (if necessary, after – limited – reduction) and should still be legible at this size:
11.5 cm (4.52”) x 19 cm (7.48”).
Suggested font setting for tables: Times Roman 10 pts (absolute minimum: 8 pts).
Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively, provided with appropriate captions and should be referred to in the main text in this manner, e.g., “in table 2”, but never like this “in the following table:”. Please indicate the preferred position of the table or figure in the text.

Running heads. Please do not include running heads with your article. However, in case of a long title please suggest a short one for the running head (max. 55 characters) on the cover sheet of your contribution.

Emphasis and foreign words. Use italics for words in languages other than English as well as for foreign language, highlighting and emphasis. Boldface should be used only for highlighting within italicized stretches and for headings. Please refrain from the use of FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and abbreviations) and underlining (except for highlighting within examples, as an alternative for boldface), unless this is a strict convention in your field of research. For terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’) please use single quotes. For glosses of citation forms, use double quotes.

Transliteration. Please transliterate into English any examples from languages that use a non-Latin script, using the appropriate transliteration system (ISO or LOC).

Symbols and special characters. In case you have no access to certain characters, we advise you to use a clear convention to mark these characters.

Section headings . Articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into subsections. Please mark the hierarchy of subheadings as follows:
Heading 1 = bold, two lines space above and one line space below.
Heading 1.1 = normal, one line space above and one line space below.
Heading 1.1.1 = italics, one line space above, text on new line.
Heading = italics, one line space above, text on new line. NB. This level is only to be used if absolutely indispensable.

Quotations: In-text quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines should be indented left and right, without quotation marks and with the appropriate reference to the source. They should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.

Listings: Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:
1...................... or a. .......................
2...................... or b. .......................

Listings that run on with the main text can be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.

Examples and glosses

Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.) in parentheses.

Examples in languages other than English should be in italics with an approximate translation. Between the original and the translation lines, a line with glosses (and in cases of more ‘exotic’ languages, a line containing a morphemic breakdown) can be added. This interlinear gloss gets no punctuation and no highlighting. For the abbreviations in the interlinear gloss, CAPS or small caps can be used, which will be converted to small caps by our typesetters in final formatting.

Please note that lines 1 and 2 are lined up through the use of spaces: it is essential that the number of elements in lines 1 and 2 match. If two words in the example correspond to one word in the gloss use a full stop to glue the two together (2a). Morphemes are separated by hyphens (1, 2b).

Every next level in the example gets one indent/tab.

              (1)         Kare wa    besutoseraa  o          takusan kaite-iru.        

                            he     TOP best-seller     ACC    many     write-PERF    

                            “He has written many best-sellers.’”                               

              (2)         a.           Jan houdt.van Marie.

                                          Jan loves          Marie

                                          “Jan loves Marie.”

                           b.           Ed en   Floor   gaan samen-wonen.

                                          Ed and Floor    go      together-live.INF

                                          “Ed and Floor are going to live together.”


Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be submitted as numbered footnotes.
***Note: footnote indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences and follow punctuation marks.


It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. Please use the reference style as described in The APA Publication Manual (7th ed.).

The publisher location should not be included in the reference.

Please make sure that in the reference list the given names should not be abbreviated. Especially for Chinese and Korean names, this removes much of the information.

References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Clahsen, 1991, p. 252) or: as in Brown et al. (1991, p. 252). All references in the text should appear in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.

Authors/contributors are encouraged to supply – with a reference, not instead of – the DOI if they happen to have that information readily available.DOIs should be formatted the same as URLs.


Görlach, Manfred (2003). English words abroad. John Benjamins.
Spear,  Norman E., & Miller, Ralph R. (Eds.). (1981). Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):
Adams, Christopher A., & Dickinson, Anthony (1981). Actions and habits: Variation in associative representation during instrumental learning. In Norman E. Spear & Ralph R. Miller (Eds.), Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms (pp. 143-186). Erlbaum.

Article (in journal):
Claes, Jeroen, & Ortiz López, Luis A. (2011). Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish]. Spanish in Context, 8, 50–72.

Rayson, Paul, Leech, Geoffrey N., & Hodges, Matthew (1997). Social differentiation in the use of English vocabulary: Some analyses of the conversational component of the British National Corpus. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2(1), 120–132.

Additional Style Guidance

Please use in-text citations, numbered footnotes, and works cited.

1. Please do not justify the right margin of your manuscript. Leave a ragged right margin.

2. Please double space everything, including quotations and footnotes.

3. Please use American or British spellings throughout.

4. Section headers, if used, should simply be phrases with no numbers. Please restrict headers to three or four per essay.  They may be italicized.

5. Miscellaneous


Possible appendixes should follow the References section.

Author’s Submission Checklist

When submitting the revised version of your accepted manuscript, in addition to following the guidelines above, please be sure that you also include:


Asian Languages and Linguistics offers online submission. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.
All articles published in ALaL are peer reviewed. Please make sure that the files you submit do not reveal your identity (as part of the text, the references or in the document properties).

Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: jall at


Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General