Journal of Chinese Linguistics (JCL) 《中国语言学报》
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Journal of Chinese Linguistics
Chinese University of Hong Kong-
Peking University-University System
of Taiwan Joint Research Centre
for Language and Human Complexity
RM 309A-309B
Tsang Shiu Tim Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)3943-1273

Journal of Chinese Linguistics
Institute of Zhang-Huang Academic Theories
RM 1128 Complex Building
Faculty of Linguistic Sciences
Beijing Language and Culture University
No.15 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District
Tel: (010) 8230-3972
Journal of Chinese Linguistics (JCL)
ISSN 0091-3723
v.1 (1973) - v.48 (2020)
Titles and Authors
JCL Monograph Series (JCLMS)
ISSN 2409-2878
no.1 (1982) - no.29 (2019)
Titles and Authors
Editors : William S-Y. Wang (1973-2018)
Shengli Feng (2019-)
Virginia Yip (2019-)
Honorary Editor : William S-Y. Wang (2019-)

Abstract in both English and Chinese on this JCL website;
Fulltext articles by Chinese University Press, JSTOR (JCL v.1-v.44(1973-2016); JCLMS no.1-26 (1982-2010, 2015-2016)),
Project MUSE (JCL v.43(2015)-present), and Airiti library (JCL v.1(1973)-present)

 Introduction and Scope

Journal of Chinese Linguistics and its monograph series, Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series (JCLMS), are two peer reviewed academic journals mainly in English.

JCL is published bi-annually and JCLMS is currently published on an ad hoc basis, with a singular theme for each volume. Our editorial board, guest editors and invited reviewers are of international excellence, contributing to the formulation of scientific issues and theories in the areas of both general linguistics and Chinese linguistics.

The JCL publishing office operated at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, from 1973 to 2007. It was relocated to The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008, and expanded its presence in China with the opening of a new office in Beijing Language and Culture University in 2019.

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 have explored Chinese Linguistics, covering many languages in China. In the light of human complexity, the authors have explored a variety of general linguistic areas such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The articles also cut across diverse academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics and more. Moreover, authors have investigated languages in contact, language change, language families, and Chinese writing systems. 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 experimentation, comparative analysis, as well as historical document review, linguistic reconstruction and case studies.

Following its pioneer scholars, JCL has been a platform for its scholarly community to advance knowledge in the field of Chinese linguistics with vision, history, results, and innovative spirit. More recently, it has also served the wider international scholarly community, as attested by its inclusion in 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..

JCL and JCLMS welcome submissions of original research with a focus on the theory of language and/or on the exploration and description of Chinese languages, and with the aim of understanding human complexity and inspiring advanced international scholarly communication.

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