Call for Papers - Special Issue


Special Issue Speech Acts in the Arab World: Research Studies across Languages and Cultures

Guest Editors

Dr. Dina Abdel Salam El-Dakhs - Prince Sultan University

Prof. Ruba Fahmi Bataineh - Yarmouk University


John L. Austin, the renowned British philosopher, first introduced Speech Act Theory (SAT) in his book, How to Do Things with Words, in 1956. Ever since, SAT, which examines actions performed by words (e.g., complaining, complimenting, apologizing), has sparked growing interest from scholars across several disciplines (e.g., Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis), with the premise that the proper use of speech acts fosters human interaction and, by extension, intercultural understanding.

This call for papers by the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies seeks manuscripts which report rigorous research on speech acts in the Arab World from intra-/interlingual and cross-cultural perspectives. To this end, submissions can address various strands of research of which the following are examples rather than an exhaustive list. Some may wish to compare speech acts across languages (e.g., Jordanian Arabic and American English) whereas others may adopt an intralingual perspective, especially with the growing interest in variational pragmatics, into the use of speech acts in different dialects within the same language (e.g., Caireen Arabic in Egypt and Najdi Arabic in Saudi Arabia). Others may opt for an interlingual development approach and, thus, examine the contributions of speech acts to the development of interlingual/intercultural competence among second/foreign language learners. To reiterate, submissions which address speech acts in the Arab World from other perspectives will also be considered.

Submission requirements

Both empirical and non-empirical research will be considered.  Manuscripts should be written in professional English. The length of 6000-10000 words is preferred. All manuscripts should be prepared in MS-Word format, and submitted online either to or by email to: Submissions should follow APA style, 7th Edition as detailed at

Submissions should also adhere to the following parameters:

  1. Word limits should be set as follows:
  • Title: Not more than 15 words
  • Abstract: 150- 250 words
  • Keywords: 3-5
  1. All manuscript should be written in Times New Roman, font size 12, with double line spacing.
  2. No colour is allowed for in Tables or Figures.
  3. Endnotes, rather than footnotes, should be used.
  4. Each manuscript should have the following components:
  • Introduction
  • Theoretical background
  • Literature review
  • Research questions
  • Method and Procedures
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions and Implications
  • Recommendations
  • References (in APA, 7th Edition)
  • Appendices (when needed)

The Review Process

All submissions will be subjected to a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. Only the manuscripts which meet the standards of rigorous research will be considered. The authors of accepted manuscripts will need to submit a plagiarism check report (similarity index not to exceed 10 percent) and a proofreading report.

Key Dates

  • Opening date for manuscript submission: October 15, 2022
  • Closing date for manuscript submission: May 15, 2023
  • Date of publication: December 31, 2023