Mediterranean Language Review


Presentation of the Mediterranean Language Review
Guidelines for Contributors
Past Issues




Presentation of the Mediterranean Language Review

The MEDITERRANEAN LANGUAGE REVIEW is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed forum for the investigation of language and culture in the Mediterranean. The editors of this periodical welcome articles, reviews, review articles, and bibliographical surveys in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish relating to the following aspects of Mediterranean languages, past and present:

  • linguistic contact and diffusion in the Mediterranean area and its hinterland;
  • interaction of language and culture in the region; cases studies of linguistic relativity; culturally determined language behaviour;
  • sociolinguistic aspects: dialectology, language policy, koiné and levelling, sociolects, diglossia and bilingualism;
  • the historical evolution and present state of languages spoken by small nations and ethnic minorities (e.g. Berber, Albanian in Italy and Greece, Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic, Judezmo, the languages of Gypsies, etc.); language problems endemic to small spaker communities in the region; ethnolinguistic research on Bedouin;
  • religion and language: confessional affiliation and language use; liturgical languages;
  • ethnolinguistic studies on island communities in the Mediterranean (Corsica, Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta, the Greek islands, etc.); linguistic obsolescence;
  • linguistic stratification: areal typology and the languages of the Mediterranean littoral; substratal phenomena;
  • interlinguas: Kultursprachen of the Mediterranean (Greek, Latin, Italian, Arabic, etc.); the lexical impact of globalization; Mediterranean Lingua Franca; maritime linguistics; lexical convergence; relics of colonial and maritime English, e.g. in Maltese, Egyptian Arabic, Cypriot Greek, etc.; marginal language;
  • approaches to Mediterranean lexicology (Worte und Sachen); ethnolinguistic studies of traditional professions; the levelling linguistic impact of globalization.


Guidelines for Contributors


Manuscripts should be submitted as doc(x)-files, together with a pdf version. Please provide a right and left margin of at least 3,5 cm and a font size of 12p (including quotations, footnotes and references). The text should not be preformatted, it should be aligned left without paragraph indentation, and should be submitted without page numbers. If you use special characters or signs please provide the font.


Articles and review articles should generally not exceed 40 pages (including tables etc.).  Since the text will be given to anonymous referees, the name of the author must  be concealed. On a separate sheet please submit name of the author with postal and e-mail address.

Footnotes and bibliographical references

Footnotes are placed under the text on each page with progressing numbers. Bibliographical references in the footnotes and in the main body of the text are given only in short (e.g. Behnstedt 1997: 30).


The complete references are listed alphabetically at the end of the article. Periodicals should not be abbreviated. Please observe the following rules for the references:

References to books: author, year of publication. title (italic). series, place of publication.

Behnstedt, Peter 1997. Sprachatlas von Syrien. (Semitica Viva. 17.) Wiesbaden.
Fischer, Wolfdietrich & Jastrow, Otto 1980. Handbuch der arabischen Dialekte. (Porta Linguarum Orientalium. N.S. 16.) Wiesbaden.

References to articles published in collective works: author, year of publication. title (not italic). In: editor(s), title (italic), place of publication: pages.

Webber, Sabra 1995. Children’s Games and Songs from Tunisia. In: E. Warnock Fernea (ed.), Children in the Muslim Middle East. Austin: 448–452.
Davy, Jim; Ioannou, Yiannis & Panayotou, Anna 1996. French and English loans in Cypriot diglossia. In: Chypre hier et aujourd’hui entre Orient et Occident. (Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient méditerranéen. 25.) Lyon: 127–136.

References to articles published in periodicals: author, year of publication. title (not italic). periodical (italic) volume: pages.

Demir, Nurettin 2002. “Wollen” im Zyperntürkischen. Mediterranean Language Review 14: 9–20.
Arvaniti, Amalia & Joseph, Brian 2000. Variation in voiced stop prenasalisation in Greek. Glossologia 11–12: 131–166.

Review articles

The reviewed book has to be quoted as follows: title (italic). author. series place of publication: published, year of publication. number of pages. ISBN.

Der arabische Dialekt von Nabk (Syrien). Von Sabine Gralla. (Semitica Viva. 37.) Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2006. XII + 191 S. ISBN 978-3-447-05449-2
Semitic Studies in honour of Edward Ullendorff. Ed. by Geoffrey Khan. (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics. 47.) Leiden-Köln: Brill 2005. VI + 367 S. ISBN 90-04-14834-5


Past Issues



Manuscripts for publication, books for review, and other correspondence should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Kappler
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa mediterraneo /  Department of Asian and Nort African Studies
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia
Ca' Cappello, San Polo 2035
I-30125 Venezia

Prof. Dr. Werner Arnold (semitic world)
Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Landfriedstraße 12
69117 Heidelberg

Dr. Till Stellino (Romance languages)
Romanisches Seminar
Seminarstrasse 3
D-69117 Heidelberg
Tel: 06221 / 54-2750

Prof. Dr. Christian Voß (South-Eastern-Europe)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Slawistik
Dorotheenstraße 65
10099 Berlin


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Latest Revision: 2022-09-21