Featured Theme for Gengo Kenkyu No. 148

The featured theme for Gengo Kenkyu No. 148 is ‘Linguistic philology: Studies based on data recovered from written sources’
As one understands from the history of linguistics, both in Western and Eastern worlds, linguistics or scientific studies of the language began with philological works on the languages no longer spoken or that had been dead for a long time before. Accordingly, the English word philology denotes linguistics・while retaining its original meaning studies of ancient texts.・In older days, far more works were published which discussed the linguistic problems encountered in languages attested in written texts. The first three issues of the Gengo Kenkyu appeared in 1939 comprise as many as seven articles on written languages such as Sanskrit, Old Turkic, Classical Greek, Old Japanese, Written Mongolian, and Middle Korean. The great linguists representing Japan include N. Fukushima (or N. Tsuji), H. Izui, H. Kodzu, H. Arisaka, Sh. Hattori, and R. Kono. They were world authorities, leaders in the fields particularly in East Asian languages. In recent days, however, more work has been done in the fields of theoretical linguistics, field linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic typology, etc. and less attention has been paid to this age-old study. Nevertheless, not a few members of our society follow in the paths of those great predecessors and have been contributing much to what they have inherited.
In view of the present situation, we wish to revitalize the research on languages recorded only in written sources by inviting papers dealing with linguistic studies based on philological work.
Both Full Research Papers and Forum papers are welcome. The deadline of submission is December 31, 2014. Please follow the Rules for Manuscript Submission and the Style Sheet of the journal when preparing a manuscript.

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