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Journal of Chinese Linguistics (JCL)
v.1 (1973) - v.44 (2016)
Titles and Authors
JCL Monograph Series (JCLMS)
no.1 (1982) - no.25 (2015)
Titles and Authors
Editor : William S-Y. Wang
ISSN : 0091-3723
Editor : William S-Y. Wang
ISSN : 2409-2878

                                            Abstract in both English and Chinese on this JCL website; Fulltext articles by Chinese University Press,
                                by JSTOR (JCL v.1-v.40 (1973-2012); JCLMS no.1-24 (1982-2010)), and by Project MUSE (JCL v.43(2015)-present)

 Introduction and Scope

Journal of Chinese Linguistics and its monograph series are two peer reviewed academic journals mainly in English.  They comprises research contents from both general linguistics and Chinese linguistics covering languages in China, in the light of human complexity. They have been edited by the distinguished editorial board, guest editors, and international reviewers of international expertise. Journal of Chinese Linguistics  is a biannul publication; Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series (JCLMS) is a publication with a singular theme for each volume currently published irregularly.

In 1973, JCL was established in a vision stated by its editor as below:

Chinese Linguistics derives from two distinct but related fields of knowledge. In one, the objective is to deepen our understanding of Chinese culture (in the broadest sense of the term) via its primary medium of expression - its language. Whether it is a piece of inscription to be deciphered, a philosophy to be analyzed, or a poem whose rimes are to be reconstructed, a solid knowledge of the language of that time is crucial. Such studies have a long tradition in Sinology; indeed, they were virtually the only ones which scholars interested in Chinese pursued, until recent times.

The other field of knowledge is aimed at discovering the general principles underlying human language as a whole. The Chinese Language is particularly important here not only because of the time depth of its literature and the wealth of its dialects, but even more because of the unique properties of its syntax and phonology. It constitutes a tremendously rich resource for Linguistics to tap from the study of sound change to investigations of sociolinguistic variation.

These two fields, Linguistics and Sinology, flow together in their concern with the Chinese Language. The central questions on the language remain the same: its structure, its ontogeny, and its phylogeny, as well as the interactions between the Chinese Language on the one hand, and Chinese thought, literature, and social systems on the other. Also of considerable interest are the questions which arise when the Chinese language comes into contact with other languages, be it in the controlled context of a language class or on the streets of an emigrant community. All in all, there is much to be done.

Before today, papers on Chinese Linguistics had to seek foster homes in diverse journals of general linguistics and in publications of various hues of orientalia. This situation was at best a nuisance, and at worst a serious impediment to the communication and progress of our field. In this journal, let us hope, Chinese Linguistics will have found its own voice. (WSYW 1973 (JCL v.1.1 p.ii))

For more than 40 years, JCL and JCLMS articles published from 1973 to present have explored Chinese Linguistics derived "from two distinct but related fields of knowledge" (JCL vision by WSYW, 1973), covering many languages in China. In the light of human complexity, the authors explore a variety of general linguistic areas such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics. The articles published are also inter-disciplinary across with other academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinquistics, sociolinguistics, neaurolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics and more. Moreover, authors have investigated languages in contact, language change, language families, and Chinese writing systems, as well. The factors of history, culture, psychology, politics and social changes have also been intuitively blended in with scientific research processes in the papers. Research methods include experimental, comparative, as well as historical document review, linguistic reconstruction and many case studies. The research endeavors, conducted by scientific research methods, publish their results in JCL with abstracts in both English and Chinese languages.

Following its pioneer scholars for more than 40 years, JCL has been making effort to be a publication platform for its scholarly community to advance knowledge in the field of Chinese linguistics covering Languages in China, in the light of human complexity, with vision, history, results, and innovative spirit. JCL’s effort to serve international scholarly community in its field is attested by its inclusion by major subject indexes:

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstract

Linguistic Abstract online

Modern Language Association Directory of Periodicals

Modern Language International Bibliography

Linguistic Bibliography (online)


Bibliography of Asian Studies

Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)

Arts & Humanities Citation Index(A&HCI)

European Reference Index for Humanities

Scopus Database


and others..

We welcome scholars whose quality research involve issues in the theory of language and in exploration and description of Chinese languages to contribute research with original discoveries to Journal of Chinese Linguistics or Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series, for understanding human complexity and for inspiration of advanced international scholarly communication.

Abstract and Fulltext Contents of Journal of Chinese Linguistics and Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series