The Journal of Middle Eastern Linguistic Anthropology represents an international peer reviewed journal seeking to strengthen the junctures between linguistics and anthropology, in and for Middle Eastern regions. The MEALA – J is produced in collaboration with the King Khalid University of Saudi Arabia, in Abha, Saudi Arabia, and is published in Adelaide, South Australia.

Following repeated requests from global bodies for such a journal, MEALA – J has emerged to satisfy the need for Anthropological and Linguistic representation which is situated and yet.

The Journal of Middle Eastern Linguistic Anthropology engages in theoretical and pragmatic debates in fields including:

  • ethnography
  • symbolism, iconicity, and indexicality
  • spatial and temporal frames
  • agency and the the equilibrium between the individual and the social
  • (multi)methodology
  • language contact
  • multifunctionality
  • revitalization
  • universality vs. particularity
  • linguistic relativity
  • socialization
  • speech (and sociocultural) communities practice
  • language, globalization, and transnational flows
  • language and identity
  • the ethnography of language
  • structuralism and post structuralism
  • ethics in research
  • cultural determinism and relativism
  • critical approaches and reflexivity
  • sociolinguistics
  • the linguistic anthropologies of translation

The Journal of Middle Eastern Linguistic Anthropology solicits academic pursuits that combine complex rhetoric with simple methodology, and welcomes the integration of both simple linguistic genres with those at a high level of linguistic complexity and hence intensified rhetoric. Work submitted to and accepted by The MEALA – J must be of sound methodological structure, yet must attempt to move beyond rigid convention in the field of Linguistic Anthropology, to attempt entrepreneurial and heuristic work, pertaining to Middle Eastern regions. Papers accepted by The MEALA – J will display a progressive nature in the field of Middle Eastern Linguistic Anthropology, and thus will effectively balance progressive and innovative themes, with attempts to extend (on) current academic and anthropological work with respect to language, and with a (reflexively) critical approach to all work, theorists, and theory.

Editors in Chief

Editorial committee

  1. Aditi Bhatia (Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  2. Adrian Pablé (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  3. Geoffrey Benjamin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  4. Gladys Tang (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  5. James Fox (Australian National University, Australia)
  6. Lionel Wee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  7. Vijay Kumar Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)