The Journal of Language and Culture, a biannual publication in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, is issued in June and December by the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia at Mahidol University. Established in 1981, the journal serves as a platform for disseminating scholarly works on language and culture, with a focus on contributing to national development and fostering international collaboration. Additionally, it aims to champion the preservation, development, and revitalization of language and culture.

This journal invites submissions in various sub-fields, including linguistics, cultural studies, anthropology, community development, and language for communication, translation, and teaching. It particularly encourages theoretically focused analyses, applied research, and papers that present synthesized research conducted in the Asian region.

For consideration, only original manuscripts will be reviewed, provided they have not been submitted or published elsewhere. Each manuscript undergoes a rigorous review process by three academic experts in the relevant field. Acceptance is contingent upon the approval of three referees. The Editorial Board retains the right to reject any material deemed inappropriate, make minor changes for presentation and format purposes, and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the content.

Articles will be published in the order determined by the Editorial Board for each issue. It is important to note that any article featured in the Journal of Language and Culture represents the academic perspectives of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflective of the Editorial Board's opinions.

Vol. 42 No. 2 (2023): July-December

Editorial Notes

Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia are two global regions located with a certain geographical symmetry on the western Pacific rim of Eurasia. Each region comprises continuums of internal ethnic and material diversities, the interconnected natures of which have given rise to their longterm historico-cultural coherence. The two regions are the object of extensive research at both national and international levels across a range of disciplines, yet to date there has only been limited research conducted between the two areal fields. Such bilateral research currently focuses on direct transregional connections premised on early maritime trade, common practices of Buddhism, and historical interactions with China and other cultures in Eastern Eurasia.

Significant as these connections are to transasian history and culture, the two regions further share a number of structural parallels, including between their ethno-linguistic topographies, archaeologies, and historical trajectories from early history to modern nation states. Such parallels are at once a product of geographical symmetry, forces of global history, and common international research trends. We believe that through comparative investigation these parallels can yield fresh insights towards both transasian commonalities and regional specificities. Studying such parallels, however, requires sustained cooperative research to enable mutual exchange of knowledge and methods, as has been initiated in the current issue of Journal of Language and Culture.

Published: 29-12-2023

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