Brill’s Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages (BSSAL) is a peer-reviewed series that provides a venue for high-quality descriptive and theoretical studies on the languages of South and Southwest Asia, both monograph-length studies as well as multi-authored volumes dealing with particular topics. The series also welcomes contributions on educational aspects of South and Southwest Asian languages, including language textbooks and other educational materials.
In the political sense, South Asia encompasses the seven independent states of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but linguistically and culturally also includes some adjacent areas to the east and north, notably Tibet. Southwest Asia is understood here as comprising the Iranian language-speaking territory to the west of South Asia, i.e., the states of Afghanistan and Iran and the geocultural transnational region Kurdistan, consisting of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
The languages – both ancient and modern – of South and Southwest Asia have played a central role in linguistics from the field’s very beginnings as a modern scientific endeavor, and continue to occupy a central position in discussions in many linguistic sub-disciplines, including the following, among others:
• historical linguistics
• typology and language universals
• areal studies
• heritage languages
• writing systems
The series seeks high-quality, state-of-the-art contributions on all aspects of the languages of this linguistically diverse and fascinating area.
The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
Series Editors John Peterson,
University of Kiel Shobhana Chelliah,
University of North Texas
Editorial Board Anvita Abbi,
Jawaharlal Nehru University Balthasar Bickel,
University of Zurich George Cardona,
University of Pennsylvania Carol Genetti,
University of California, Santa Barbara Geoffrey Haig,
University of Bamberg Gilbert Lazard,
CNRS & École Pratique des Hautes Études Harold Schiffman,
University of Pennsylvania Udaya Narayana Singh,
Visva-Bharati University,Shantiniketan, India
The series readership consists of general linguists, indologists and specialists in South West Asian and Iranian studies.