General: Al-cArabiyya, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, is a leading journal in the field of Arabic language and linguistics. Al-cArabiyya welcomes scholarly and pedagogical articles, as well as book reviews that contribute to the advancement of study, criticism, research, and teaching in the fields of Arabic language, linguistics, and literature.
Authors are encouraged to present an original, scholarly contribution, a perceptive restructuring of existing knowledge, or a discussion of an idea with information and references on how to learn more about the topic. References should be appropriately and sufficiently extensive, and demonstrative of comprehensive awareness of international scholarship. Conclusions drawn should be accurate, appropriately documented, and soundly argued, without being overextended.
The overall length of the article should be appropriate to the material treated and should not exceed 7,000 words (no more than 25 pp. in Times New Roman, 12 pt.). The material should be well-organized and the writing style fluent and professional. Articles in Arabic are welcome. We respectfully request that authors writing in a language other than their native language have their contribution carefully checked by a native speaker before submission. Do not submit a piece that has been published elsewhere or is being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors alone are responsible for the opinions they express and for the accuracy of facts presented in their articles.
Each article is sent to at least two peer reviewers for anonymous evaluation before a final decision is made regarding acceptance to the journal. Responses and comments concerning articles published in previous issues will also be considered for publication. Such responses may, at the discretion of the editor, be published under “Brief Communications.”
The journal also welcomes translations and bibliographies, provided they meet Al-cArabiyya guidelines. Translations should be scholarly and accompanied by an introduction or critical essay, annotations, commentaries, etc. Bibliographies should also be annotated, critical, and accompanied by an appropriate introduction. Translations and bibliographies are subject to the same review process as articles.
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted electronically by email attachment. Please attach both a PDF version and the original MS Word document. Number the pages in the lower right-hand corner. The author’s identity should not be revealed in the manuscript or electronic files; instead, a cover sheet or the body of the email message should include: the author’s name, address (post and email), telephone number, academic affiliation, and the title of the article. If there are multiple authors, please provide the above information for all contributors.
Articles will not be returned to contributors. An abstract in English of approximately 100 to 150 words should appear at the beginning of the article.
Typeface. Use italics only for cited linguistic forms, for titles of books and journals, and for subsection headings. Use SMALL CAPITALS, where essential, to give emphasis to a word, phrase, or sentence, or to mark the first occurrence of a technical term.
Endnotes. Wherever possible, limit notes to simple and brief internal references according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition,* within parentheses. Endotes may be used when necessary.
Cited forms. Cited forms (letters, morphemes, words, phrases, or sentences) should appear in italics, e.g. the prefix bi-, the word dars. Italics are not used for forms marked as being in phonemic or phonetic transcription, e.g. /sabt/, [sapt]. The meaning of cited forms should appear in double quotation marks with no comma before it, e.g. walad “boy.”
References. Full citation of references should be given at the end of an article according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.* Within the text, provide in-text citations according to Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition*. Give the author’s surname, year of publication, and page number(s), where relevant, e.g. Said (1978: 31). Such citations should be given in the body of the text, unless they refer specifically to a statement made in an endnote.
The bibliography should be double-spaced, under the heading: REFERENCES. Only works cited in the text should be listed. Use the following examples as a guide:
Barlow, Michael, and Charles A. Ferguson, eds. Agreement in Natural Language:
Approaches, Theories, Descriptions. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information, 1988.
Blanc, Haim. “Stylistic Variations in Spoken Arabic: A sample of Interdialectal
Educated Conversation.” In Contributions to Arabic Linguistics, edited by Charles Ferguson, 79–161. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960.
Blau, Joshua. “The Beginning of the Arabic Diglossia: A Study of the Origin
of Neo-Arabic.”Afroasiatic Linguistics 4, no.4 (1977): 1–28.
Bloch, Ariel. “Morphological Doublets in Arabic Dialects.” Zeitschrift der deutschen
morgenländischen Gesellschaft 117 (1967): 53–73.
Transliteration/Transcription. Use an accepted or conventional system for transliteration or transcription, as appropriate, and use it consistently. We suggest Doulos SIL fonts (see http://scripts.sil.org/DoulosSILfont).
Proofs and copies: Proofs of accepted manuscripts will typically be sent to the author(s) for careful review, with the response deadline indicated. Proofreading is the author’s responsibility. No extensive alterations are possible once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.
Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holder to quote extracts or to translate a work, and for forwarding a copy of this permission to the editor. The author (or lead author) of an article or book review receives one copy of the issue in which the contribution is published.
Editorial Correspondence and book reviews should be sent to: