Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics

The distinct traits shared by the Semitic languages determine the essential unity of research in these languages. Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics has been a prominent forum for linguistic publications concerning the Semitic languages ever since its foundation in 1967.

The series includes both books written in the philological tradition of research and ones applying modern linguistic theories. Such sub-disciplines as descriptive linguistics, comparative linguistics, socio-linguistics et cetera all fall within the scope of the series. While studies of individual aspects of individual languages are accepted on a selective basis, the series specifically includes monographs, collaborative volumes, and reference works of a wider scope.


The goal of the series is to provide a widely read and respected international forum for high quality theoretical, analytical, and applied pragmatic studies of all types. By publishing leading edge work on natural language practice, it seeks to extend our growing knowledge of the forms, functions, and foundations of human interaction.


The series published an average of five volumes per year over the last 5 years.

Biographical Note

Aaron D. Rubin (Ph.D. 2004, Harvard University) is Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University. He specializes in the comparative study of the Semitic languages, so far with particular attention to Hebrew, Mehri, and Jibbali. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he has published six monographs, including The Mehri Language of Oman (2010), A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages (2010), and The Jibbali (Shahri) Language of Oman: Grammar and Texts (2014). He also served as an associate editor for Brill's multi-volume Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2013), co-edited Brill's Handbook of Jewish Languages (2016), and serves on the editorial board of Brill's Journal of Jewish Languages.

Ahmad Al-Jallad (Ph.D. 2012, Harvard University) is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Semitic linguistics and Ancient Arabia at Leiden University. He specializes in the epigraphy and languages of pre-Islamic Arabia, with particular attention to Safaitic and Hismaic. He also writes on the comparative grammar of the Semitic languages and the modern dialects of Arabic. His notable publications include the discovery of a zodiac star calendar used by the pre-Islamic nomads of North Arabia ( Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, 2014, 2016), the decipherment of possibly the oldest Arabic poetic text ( Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religion, 2015), and the decipherment of the oldest, fully vocalized Arabic text, written in Greek letters ( Arabian Epigraphic Notes, 2015), as well as the first grammar of the Safaitic Inscriptions (Brill, 2015). He is the founding director of the Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia, and has led or been a member of several epigraphic and archaeological projects.

Editorial Board

Editorial board: Aaron D. Rubin, Pennsylvania State University and Ahmad Al-Jallad, Leiden University