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Journal of Comparative Philology

Charles Häberl, Editor
Alireza Korangy, Editor


Forthcoming 2024
Biannual Publication
ISSN 2693-1036
E-ISSN 2693-1060
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Journal of Comparative Philology

Charles Häberl, Editor
Alireza Korangy, Editor

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Philology is a rigorously scientific approach to the study of the phenomenon of language as mediated by texts. While literary texts remain the primary subject of philological inquiry, we consider philology to embrace the study of orally-transmitted texts as well, thereby encompassing both the oral and literary manifestations of language. Traditional Philology also encompasses elements of Historical and Comparative Linguistics, but is not limited in its scope to these disciplines. Comparative Philology, by contrast, entails the study of language, as mediated by texts, across geographic, chronological, and scholarly boundaries. The Journal of Comparative Philology is therefore committed to publishing philological scholarship that reflects explicit diachronic, multicultural, crosslinguistic, and/or transdisciplinary approaches.

We deem such contributions to be rigorously scientific if they are precise (that is, it is made clear from the outset what the author's contribution is, in terms of the problem, the hypothesis, and any conclusions, using vocabulary in a way that is either commonly accepted or, where a scholarly consensus does not exist, is defined in such a way as to acknowledge both the author's point of view as well as potential differences of opinion in the literature), reproducible (that is, anyone with the same data could potentially come to the same conclusions), falsifiable (which simply entails that the author give some consideration as to what conditions or outcomes would disprove his or her hypothesis and any conclusions that arise from the research, and make a good faith effort to demonstrate that these do not obtain), and parsimonious (that is, they reflect the least complicated explanation, provided that all other reasonable explanations have been acknowledged and consciously excluded). We ask that all contributions heed these scientific approaches prior to submission.

Journal of Comparative Philology welcomes and explores highly researched articles in the field that speak to philology and its core constituents. The regional reach of the journal is non-specified and the editors welcome all (world) philological research. We are particularly (definitely not exclusively) interested in philological research that has an interdisciplinary and/or comparative edge. At its heart, philology entails making sense of texts. Practitionists of this “Queen of the Sciences” distinguish themselves from other literary interpreters by means of close readings informed, constrained, and fundamentally structured by historical and comparative linguistic considerations. The Journal of Comparative Philology navigates multiple dimensions of language, grammar, and text by encouraging essays that explore a broad cross-section of disciplines, in order to cultivate a fuller understanding and appreciation of the text. The journal offers studies on more fundamental issues involving the question of how linguistic principles sustain and influence expression. Compounding this interplay is the role that linguistic discourse itself plays in scholarly disputes negotiating intent and result. In this regard, the journal also focuses on the question of how older philology impacts its modern forerunner.

Charles Häberl, Rutgers University
Alireza Korangy, American University of Beirut

Editorial Board
Ramzi Baalbaki, American University of Beirut
Francesco Benozzo, University of Bologna
Ashk Dahlén, Uppsala University
Peter B. Golden, Emeritus, Rutgers University
Syrine Hout, American University of Beirut
Pawel Jedrzejko, University of Silesia
Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
Na’ama Pat-El, The University of Texas at Austin
Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University
Aaron D. Rubin, The Pennsylvania State University
Misty Schieberle, The University of Kansas
Richard Van Ness Simmons, Rutgers University
Tom Stephens, Rutgers University
Azadeh Vatanpour, Emory University

Advisory Board
Julie Cassiday, Williams College
Leyla Rouhi, Williams College

The journal encourages authors to submit unsolicited articles and comprehensive review essays. All academic articles should be approximately 6,000-8000 words. Comprehensive review essays should be about 5,000 words in length. An abstract of approximately 100-150 words must accompany each manuscript. All articles and comprehensive review essays will be peer-reviewed.

Authors interested in contributing short review essays (of two to five recent works) and ideas for roundtable discussions should contact the editors before submitting a manuscript. Short review essays and roundtable comments, which are not peer reviewed, should be approximately 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. Abstracts should be no more than 50 words long.

To submit a manuscript to Journal of Comparative Philology, please visit Editorial Manager. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article to the editorial office.

All manuscripts must follow the seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

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