The IOS Annual will present volumes that focus on either a variety of topics listed below or, alternatively, a volume focused on a specific topic or issue. Contributions in English and Arabic are accepted. The use of Arabic will promote the diffusion of western linguistic approaches in the Arabic Sprachraum and the translation into Arabic of specific terms from new linguistic disciplines. All chapters will include an abstract and keywords in Arabic, English and Hebrew.
The Ancient Near Eastern section will hold articles relating to the cultures and languages of the pre-Islamic Near East, in general, Cuneiform Studies (Assyriology and Hittitology) and Egyptology. Topics will include languages, religion, history, and culture. Articles will range from text editions and traditional philology to digital humanities and big-data in ancient corpora. The intended readers are scholars of the ancient Near East and related fields, such as Biblical Studies, the Classics, and Archaeology of Mesopotamia, the Levant and the Mediterranean.
The Semitic Linguistics section will publish papers on original, innovative research on all branches of the Semitic linguistic family, also considering their Afroasiatic background. The section will be open to different linguistic approaches: from the more traditional historical and comparative methods, to cognition, semantics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics and discourse analysis. The openness to contemporary linguistic approaches will be a unique platform for the young generations of Semitists, attracting scholars of spoken/modern Semitic languages who must address platforms of general linguistics, often not suitable for specialists of Semitic and Afroasiatic languages, as they do not strictly follow traditional historical and philological models. The section holds special space for research on classical and modern varieties of Hebrew, treated from linguistic and philological perspectives. The intended readers are scholars and students of Semitic and Afroasiatic languages and cultures and scholars in all linguistic disciplines who want to access Semitic/Afroasiatic data.
The Arabic Language and Literature section will contain original articles on classical and contemporary Arabic linguistics and literature, with a particular stress on the medieval Arabic linguistic and literary traditions, their relations with other disciplines and cultures, and their modern offshoots. The intended readers are scholars and students of Arabic language and literature.
Amir Gilan and Nathan Wasserman, The Ancient Near East
Letizia Cerqueglini, Semitic Languages and Linguistics
Beata Sheyhatovitch, Arabic Language and Literature
The Ancient Near East: Yoram Cohen, Uri Gabbay, Amir Gilan, Maurizio Viano, Caroline Waerzeggers, Nathan Wasserman, Ran Zadok, and Nele Ziegler.
Semitic Languages and Linguistics: Werner Arnold, Alexander Borg, Letizia Cerqueglini, Christopher Ehret, Steven Fassberg, George Grigore, Simon Hopkins, Frank Kammerzell, Geoffery Khan, Uri Mor, Matthew Morgenstern, Hezi Muzafi, Stephan Prochazka, Aaron Rubin, Christian Stadel, Rainer M. Voigt.
Arabic Language and Literature: Almog Kasher, Jeries Khoury, Giuliano Lancioni, Beata Sheyhatovitch, Kees Versteegh, Nadia Vidro.