International Journal of Language and Culture

ORCID logoEsther Pascual | Shanghai International Studies University | ijlanguageculture at
ORCID logoVera da Silva Sinha | University of Oxford | ijlanguageculture at
Managing Editor
ORCID logoAnaïs Augé | UCLouvain | ijlanguageculture at
Founding Editor
ORCID logoFarzad Sharifian † | Monash University

The aim of the International Journal of Language and Culture (IJoLC) is to disseminate cutting-edge research that explores the interrelationship between language and culture. The journal is multidisciplinary in scope and seeks to provide a forum for researchers interested in the interaction between language and culture across several disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, applied linguistics, psychology and cognitive science. The journal publishes high-quality, original and state-of-the-art articles that may be theoretical or empirical in orientation and that advance our understanding of the intricate relationship between language and culture.

Topics of interest to IJoLC include, but are not limited to the following: Culture and the structure of language; Language, culture, and conceptualisation; Language, culture, and politeness; Language, culture, and emotion; Culture and language development; Language, culture, and communication.

Submissions on these and other topics within the aim and scope of the journal are invited. More information can be found below under "Submission".

IJoLC is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. IJoLC publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2214-3157 | E-ISSN: 2214-3165
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Latest articles

7 June 2024

  • U. Schröder , M. Mendes de Oliveira A. M. Tenuta (eds.). 2022. Metaphorical conceptualizations: (Inter)cultural perspectives
    Reviewed by Alba Roldán-García
  • 21 May 2024

  • The moral grammar of marriage rules
    Doug Jones | IJOLC 11:1 (2024) pp. 1–30
  • 3 May 2024

  • Mobile philosophies : A case of inscriptions on public transport vehicles (kombis) used as entrepreneurial names in Harare, Zimbabwe
    Emmanuel Chabata , Zvinashe Mamvura Pedzisai Mashiri | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 269–287
  • A chameleonic evolution of a people’s wishes, identity, and aspirations : An onomastic reading of Highlanders FC names and nicknames
    Liketso Dube | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 240–254
  • The dialectics of sport and history : Commemorative naming of selected stadia in the Kingdom of Eswatini
    Godwin Makaudze Vusi Musa Magongo | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 191–208
  • “Venezuela hawaii, chelsea!” : Creative onomastic practice and playful (re)labelling in Langila from the Congo
    Nico Nassenstein | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 288–305
  • The toponym Bulawayo and ideologies of Ndebele language purism in Zimbabwe
    Sambulo Ndlovu | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 209–223
  • The brand names of craft gins in South Africa : An onomastic analysis
    Bertie Neethling† | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 224–239
  • Performances of transparency
    Anne Storch | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 255–268
  • Named entities, naming practices, and their meanings – linguistic types and cultural contexts
    Svenja Völkel | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 151–175
  • (Un)packaging the “sweetness” in the naming of farms by resettled Black sugarcane farmers in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe : A study of selected names
    Wellington Wasosa Mickson Mazuruse | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 176–190
  • Naming and labelling contexts of cultural importance in Africa
    Svenja Völkel , Sambulo Ndlovu Nico Nassenstein | IJOLC 10:2 (2023) pp. 145–150
  • 2 April 2024

  • Metaphtonymy and semio-cognitive de-legitimation of Donald Trump in the meme discourse of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (January 2016–December 2019)
    Nashwa Elyamany Maha SalahEldien Mohamed Hamed | IJOLC 11:1 (2024) pp. 123–152
  • The heart became hot : A conceptualization of anger in Dagbani and Dangme
    Jonathan Tanihu Samuel Alhassan Issah | IJOLC 11:1 (2024) pp. 31–57
  • 7 March 2024

  • Women have no honour of their own : Conceptualizations of honor in Indian English and Pakistani English
    Ansa Mahmood Kim Ebensgaard Jensen | IJOLC 11:1 (2024) p. 95
  • 8 February 2024

  • Bold colors, sweeping melodies, offensive smells : A corpus-based analysis of the figurative representations of visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli in English and Hungarian
    Ádám Galac | IJOLC 11:1 (2024) pp. 58–94
  • 15 January 2024

  • Choice of language in the construction of cultural identity by Tamil speakers in India
    Elizabeth Eldho Rajesh Kumar | IJOLC 10:1 (2023) pp. 54–86
  • 12 December 2023

  • Conceptualizing health : A corpus-based Cultural Linguistic study
    Penelope Scott | IJOLC 10:1 (2023) pp. 1–32
  • 7 November 2023

  • Conceptualization of Sar (Head) in Persian figurative expressions
    Nahid Ahangari | IJOLC 10:1 (2023) pp. 33–53
  • 25 September 2023

  • Mabia languages and cultures expressed through personal names
    Hasiyatu Abubakari , Samuel Alhassan Issah , Samuel Owoahene Acheampong , Moses Dramani Luri John Naporo Napari | IJOLC 10:1 (2023) p. 87
  • 8 September 2023

  • Request strategies : A socio-pragmatic study of the Javanese community in Indonesia
    Edy Jauhari Dwi Handayani | IJOLC 10:1 (2023) pp. 115–144
  • 27 June 2023

  • The structure of the concept of kærlighed ‘love’ in Danish
    Aleksander Kacprzak | IJOLC 9:2 (2022) pp. 258–291
  • 15 June 2023

  • Emotional self-disclosure and stance-taking within affective narratives on YouTube : A qualitative case study of four Spanish YouTubers
    Sanna Pelttari | IJOLC 9:2 (2022) pp. 292–321
  • 6 June 2023

  • Jieun Kiaer . 2021. Delicious Words: East Asian Food Words in English
    Reviewed by Hugo Wing-Yu Tam | IJOLC 9:2 (2022) pp. 322–324
  • IssuesOnline-first articles

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    Editorial Board
    ORCID logoFelix K. Ameka | Leiden University
    ORCID logoRukmini Bhaya Nair | Indian Institute of Technology
    ORCID logoRita Brdar-Szabó | Eötvös Loránd University
    ORCID logoDaniel Casasanto | Cornell University
    Stephen Chrisomalis | Wayne State University
    ORCID logoJean-Marc Dewaele | University of London
    Patience Epps | The University of Texas at Austin
    ORCID logoRoslyn M. Frank | University of Iowa
    ORCID logoAlice Gaby | Monash University
    ORCID logoBertie Kaal | VU University Amsterdam
    ORCID logoIstván Kecskés | State University of New York at Albany
    ORCID logoZoltán Kövecses | Eötvös Loránd University
    ORCID logoClaire Kramsch | University of California, Berkeley
    ORCID logoDavid B. Kronenfeld | University of California, Riverside
    ORCID logoWei-lun Lu | Masaryk University
    ORCID logoHeliana Mello | Federal University of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    ORCID logoNico Nassenstein | Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    Rafael Núñez | University of California, San Diego
    ORCID logoGary B. Palmer | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    ORCID logoChris Sinha | University of East Anglia
    ORCID logoHelen Spencer-Oatey | University of Warwick
    ORCID logoSvenja Völkel | Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    ORCID logoXu Wen | Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing
    ORCID logoAnna Wierzbicka | Australian National University
    ORCID logoHans-Georg Wolf | University of Potsdam
    ORCID logoNing Yu | Pennsylvania State University
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                  (1)         Kare wa    besutoseraa  o          takusan kaite-iru.
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                              “He has written many best-sellers.’”                              

                  (2)         a.           Jan houdt.van Marie.
                                             Jan loves         Marie
                                             “Jan loves Marie.”
                                b.           Ed en   Floor   gaan samen-wonen.
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    References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.

    Görlach, M. (2003). English words abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    Spear,  N. E., & Miller, R. R. (Eds.). (1981). Information processing in animals: Memory  mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Article (in book):
    Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981). Actions and habits: Variation in associative representation during instrumental learning. In N. E. Spear & R. R. Miller (Eds.), Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms (pp. 143-186). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

    Article (in journal):
    Claes, J., & Ortiz López, L. A. (2011). Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish]. Spanish in Context, 8, 50–72.

    Rayson, P., Leech, G. N., & Hodges, M. (1997). Social differentiation in the use of English vocabulary: Some analyses of the conversational component of the British National Corpus. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2(1), 120–132. 

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    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General