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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.


Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2016

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Al-'Arabiyya, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, is a leading journal in the field of Arabic language and linguistics. Al-'Arabiyya welcomes scholarly and pedagogical articles, and book reviews that contribute to the advancement of study, criticism, research, and teaching in the fields of Arabic language, linguistics, and literature. The journal also considers responses and comments on articles published in previous issues. Review articles are also welcome; contact the editor to propose one.

To be considered for the next issue (volume 50), submissions are due July 1, by 8:00PM EST. We also consider submissions on a rolling basis. Previously published pieces or those being considered for publication elsewhere will not be accepted.

Please address all correspondence regarding submissions to:

Mohammad T. Alhawary, Editor
Al-'Arabiyya Journal
The University of Michigan
Department of Near Eastern Studies
202 S. Thayer Street, Suite 4111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

General guidelines

Authors are encouraged to present an original, scholarly contribution, or a perceptive restructuring of existing knowledge. The journal also welcomes translations and bibliographies. Translations should be scholarly and accompanied by an introduction or critical essay, annotations, and commentaries. Bibliographies should be annotated, critical, and accompanied by an appropriate introduction. Translations and bibliographies are subject to the same review process as articles.

Book reviews are commissioned by the book review editor. Reviews of current and recently published textbooks are particularly welcome. Please propose a book review to the book review editor prior to submission at:

Submission format

Article length: 8,000 words max (Times New Roman, 12 pt,). Book review length: 500-1,000 words max. Review essay length: 1,500 words max.
Articles with examples in transliterated/transcribed Arabic must use Doulos SIL (available free: It is acceptable to include appropriate tables, figures, and illustrations but, upon acceptance, it is the author's responsibility to provide high-resolution, digital versions of each, as well as permission (if necessary) for their use.

The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Cited forms (letters, morphemes, words, phrases, or sentences) should appear in italics, e.g., the prefix bi-, the word dars. Italics are not used for forms marked as being in phonemic or phonetic transcription, e.g., /sabt/, [sapt]. The meaning of cited forms should appear in quotation marks, with no comma before it, e.g. walad ''boy.''

Articles in Arabic will be considered and must be submitted using SIL's Scheherazade font (available free:

Submissions are only accepted by email attachment. Please attach both a PDF version and an original MS Word document. Number all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner. Include an abstract in English of approximately 100 to 150 words at the beginning of the article followed by key words relevant to the content of the article (7-10 words).

To aid the blind review process: Remove author's name and identifying remarks from the article. Include a cover sheet with: author's name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, academic affiliation, and title of the article. For submissions with multiple authors, include all authors' information on the cover sheet.