International Journal Linguistics of Sumatra and Malay (IJLSM) 

International Journal Linguistics of Sumatra and Malay is an international forum for leading research on language and society. It is open to both established and innovative approaches to sociolinguistic research. The Journal promotes all linguistic branches as a thoroughly linguistic and thoroughly social-scientific endeavor. The linguistic and the social are both expected to be present in all contributions. Language is regarded as not only a reflection of society but as itself constituting much of the character of social life. The Journal promotes the building and critique of various linguistic theories and encourages the application of social theory to linguistic issues. 

The Journal is hospitable to linguistic analyses ranging from the micro to the macro, from the quantitative study of phonological variables to discourse analysis of texts. It is open to data from a wide range of languages and international contexts.

Contributions from the ethnographic, variationist, constructivist, and sociology of language traditions are welcomed, as are papers from the social psychology of language, anthropological linguistics, discourse analysis, language and gender studies, pragmatics, and conversational analysis.


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International Journal Linguistics of Sumatra and Malay (IJLSM)  


Int. J. Linguist. of Sumatr. Malay.




2 (two) issues per year (June & December)

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Erikson Saragih


TALENTA Publisher, Universitas Sumatera Utara

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Current Issue

Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023): International Journal Linguistics of Sumatra and Malay (IJLSM)

The International Journal of Linguistics of Sumatra and Malay (IJLSM), Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023), features five distinct articles. These articles cover a range of linguistic topics, including the portrayal of masculinity and homosexuality in Indonesian films, the use of magical realism in local Indonesian literary rituals, representing emotions in the Japanese language through conceptual metaphors with food-related vocabulary, translation techniques in conveying the novel "Critical Eleven" by Ika Natassa, and the syntactic typology of the Tamiang Malay language. Collectively, these articles contribute to our understanding of various linguistic aspects in Indonesian cinema, local literature with magical elements, emotional representation, translation methods, and the syntactic characteristics of Tamiang Malay.

Published: 2023-12-31


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