THE  MACRO-COMPARATIVE  JOURNAL

 

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About THE  MACRO-COMPARATIVE  JOURNAL

 

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As the title suggests THE  MACRO-COMPARATIVE  JOURNAL will primarily focus on the genetic relationships that (may) exist between past and present languages. But articles pertaining to other fields like genetics, anthropology, ethnology or comparative mythology may also be considered for publication provided that they have clear connections with linguistics and macro-comparative issues. Generally speaking any submission that contributes to the understanding and knowledge of mankind's linguistic (pre-)history can be considered adequate.

Among other topics the scope of the Journal includes (1) theoretical issues of methodology and feasibility, (2) the discussion and documentation of proved and potential genetic relationships, (3) concrete contributions to the comparison and reconstruction of the world's numerous language families, (4) reference articles dealing with the historical phonology of languages or language families, (5) the study of loanwords and substrates, and (6) historiographical accounts of language families.

This is the first online free-access Journal and it aims at stimulating interest and offering visibility for the field. Thanks to being online there is little limitation to what is possible. Regular issues of the Journal will appear twice a year in addition to a Thematic Issue once a year. A printed version of the Journal is currently not contemplated.

Considering the difficulty and controversial nature of many macro-comparative issues the Journal aims at promoting elaborate and learned assessments of competing hypotheses rather than over-assertive and propagandizing points of view. For that matter submissions which accept the premise that more than one solution is often possible will be preferred. This premise will not be considered a weakness but rather a strength and an indication of a really mature command of the field. Of course submissions dealing with a clear and linear topic are welcome as well. Issues need not be made artificially complicated. Besides submissions should preferably avoid metalinguistic discourse and idiosyncratic frameworks.

Depending on their nature and number submissions may be proposed for inclusion in thematic issues created on purpose. As regards the next Thematic Issue, the theme proposed to contributors is: the areal and/or genetic relationships between Indo-European languages and “para-Caucasic” languages, especially between Ancient Greek and Anatolian Indo-European on the one hand and Caucasic, Kartvelian, Hurro-Urartean, Hatti, pre-Hellenic and pre-Anatolian languages on the other hand. 

Contributors are kindly invited to read the Submission Guidelines.

 

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