Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The International Journal of Society, Culture & Language (IJSCL) publishes “original research and review articles on the relationship between society, culture, and language.” The editors seek manuscripts that combine solid theoretical bases with practical applications that will be useful to scholars in anthropology, sociology, linguistics, education, intercultural studies, and policy making. Four types of papers are published: Research Papers, Case Studies, Viewpoints, and Conference Reports and Book Reviews. Potential topics for papers include: language in localization/globalization; language and identity; foreign and second language education; cultures across languages; language policy and practice; social intervention, language, and multimedia; intercultural communication in an asymmetrical world; language and religions; gender and norms in intercultural studies; transnational and regional identities and their relationship to cultural and social processes; language and intergeneration; or sociological approaches in interpreting and translation studies.
Articles in the latest available issue, volume 4, 2016, a Special Issue on African
Cultures and Languages, illustrate the scope and nature of the scholarly discourse to be found in the IJSCL: “A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Some Visual Images in the Political Rally Discourse of 2011 Electioneering Campaigns in Southwestern Nigeria,” “Impoliteness: The Ghanaian Standpoint,” “Textuality of Idiomatic Expressions in Cameroon English,” “The Prejudiced Negative Images of Femininity in Wolaita Proverbs,” and “Lexical Semantics and Selection of TAM in Bantu Languages: A Case of Semantic Classification of Kiswahili Verbs.” Contributors to this special issue are affiliated with universities in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. IJSCL’s editorial board includes members from Iran, China, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Canada, and Australia, and articles in past issues cover topics ranging from ““C’est la clé du succès”: Thinking Through the Parental Experience of a New Support Program for Newcomer Students in Minority French-Speaking Schools in Canada” to “Karaoke in Costa Rica: A Multidimensional Approach to Study Abroad” and “Politeness Orientation in Social Hierarchies in Urdu.” This is a solidly international publication, both in its authorship and subject coverage.
IJSCL is a transdisciplinary title that will appeal to a global audience in both the humanities and social sciences. It’s worth bringing to the attention of graduate students and researchers in these disciplines.