International Journal of Language and Culture

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. IJoLC is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year.

Topics of interest to IJoLC include, but are not limited to the following:
a. Culture and the structure of language,
b. Language, culture, and conceptualisation,
c. Language, culture, and politeness,
d. Language, culture, and emotion,
e. Culture and language development,
f. Language, culture, and communication.

IJoLC publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2214-3157 | E-ISSN 2214-3165
Sample issue: IJoLC 3:2
Esther Pascual | Shanghai International Studies University | ijlanguageculture at
Vera da Silva Sinha | University of Oxford | ijlanguageculture at
Managing Editor
Anaïs Augé | UCLouvain | ijlanguageculture at
Founding Editor
Farzad Sharifian † | Monash University
Editorial Board
Daniel Casasanto | University of Chicago
Jean-Marc Dewaele | University of London
Alessandro Duranti | University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Eglin | Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Roslyn M. Frank | University of Iowa
William Foley | University of Sydney
Alice Gaby | Monash University
Bertie Kaal | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Istvan Kecskes | State University of New York at Albany
Zoltán Kövecses | Eötvös Loránd University
Claire Kramsch | University of California, Berkeley
David B. Kronenfeld | University of California, Riverside
Wei-lun Lu | Masaryk University
John A. Lucy | University of Chicago
Sara Mills | Sheffield Hallam University
Nico Nassenstein | Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Rafael Núñez | University of California, San Diego
Gary B. Palmer | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Naomi Quinn † | Duke University
Karen Risager | Roskilde University
Sandra R. Schecter | York University, Canada
Chris Sinha | University of East Anglia
Dan I. Slobin | University of California, Berkeley
Helen Spencer-Oatey | University of Warwick
Svenja Völkel | Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Xu Wen | Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing
Anna Wierzbicka | Australian National University
Hans-Georg Wolf | University of Potsdam
Ning Yu | Pennsylvania State University
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Latest articles

22 July 2022

  • The reschematization of face in Chinese overseas students’ intercultural experience
    Min Hou | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 27–47
  • Swearing in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties : The principles and cultural beliefs in Shuǐhǔ zhuàn (水浒传)
    Ming Zhao | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 48–71
  • 14 June 2022

  • Cultural semantics of the ‘salt’ word in Persian
    Reza Arab | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 119–150
  • 17 May 2022

  • Sandrine Loncke . [2019] 2021. What if Babel was just a myth? / Et si Babel n’était qu’un mythe?
    Reviewed by Kelsey Neely | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 173–176
  • 16 May 2022

  • Self-sacrifice expressions in Persian
    Hamid Allami Ahmad Reza Eslamizadeh | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 151–172
  • 27 January 2022

  • Stage-of-life words at the crossroads of language, culture and cognition : A contrastive semantic analysis between boy (English) and ragazzo (Italian)
    Gian Marco Farese | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 1–26
  • 21 December 2021

  • Haagse Harry, a Dutch chav from The Hague? The enregisterment of similar social personas in different speech communities
    Amanda Cole Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) pp. 72–96
  • 23 November 2021

  • “I can come up with more things when I’m happy, or especially when I’m angry” : Language preferences to express emotions among 1.5 Generation Russian Australians
    Beatrice Venturin | IJOLC 9:1 (2022) p. 97
  • 26 October 2021

  • Verbal reduplication as an aspectual marker and manifestation of cultural values in Amondawa (Brazil, Amazon)
    Wany Bernardete de Araujo Sampaio , Quesler Fagundes Camargos Arikam Amondawa | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 297–322
  • 28 September 2021

  • Influence of gender on the use of kinship terms in English and Serbian : Cultural linguistic study
    Dragana Tadić | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 346–372
  • 20 September 2021

  • The functions of emotion-referencing names in Ibibio
    Eyo Mensah , Vivian Dzokoto Kirsty Rowan | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 218–244
  • 16 September 2021

  • English as an identity marker in Bangladeshi TV commercials
    Massrura Mostafa Dylan Jones | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 190–217
  • 29 June 2021

  • Cultural Conceptualization of Tamil Hindu Marriages
    Thilagavathi Shanmuganathan | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 323–345
  • 25 June 2021

  • Anna Wierzbicka . 2019. What christians believe: the story of God and people in minimal english
    Reviewed by Mark Durie | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 373–375
  • 23 June 2021

  • How Saudi migrants’ metapragmatic judgments of Arabic L1 nonverbal greetings change after intense and prolonged exposure to English
    Hessa Alshahrani Jean-Marc Dewaele | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 245–266
  • 7 June 2021

  • Is ugliness in the mind of the beholder? The conceptualization of ‘ugly’ in English
    Anna Gladkova Jesús Romero-Trillo | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 106–127
  • “What is beauty?” : Cultural semantics of the Russian folk aesthetics
    Anna Gladkova | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) p. 84
  • Pæn, flot, dejlig, and lækker : A lexical anthropology of Danish folk aesthetics
    Carsten Levisen | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 14–34
  • From beautiful to cute : Shifting meanings in Japanese language and culture
    Laura Miller Carolyn S. Stevens | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 62–83
  • The good, the bad… and the ugly? The conceptualization of aesthetics in Spanish
    Jesús Romero-Trillo | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 147–168
  • Conceptualizations of ugly and beautiful : An analysis of im/politeness metapragmatic markers in Persian
    Tahmineh Tayebi | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 128–146
  • “Is beauty only skin deep?” : The conceptualization of ‘beauty’ in Mandarin Chinese
    Jock Wong Marshal Or | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 35–61
  • The linguistic conceptualization in folk aesthetics : Past, present and future
    Anna Gladkova Jesús Romero-Trillo | IJOLC 8:1 (2021) pp. 1–13
  • 23 April 2021

  • Renewing the coal mining past : Parody, languageculture, and the transformation of cultural memory in Heerlen, the Netherlands
    Leonie Cornips Louis van den Hengel | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 267–296
  • 15 April 2021

  • Rapport management strategies among the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria
    Samuel Adebayo Omotunde Olumide Ogunrotimi | IJOLC 8:2 (2021) pp. 169–189
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    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):
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    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