23 Nov 2023

Call for Papers: Austronesian Languages (Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 29 February 2024)

Special Issue for Foreign Language Studies


Austronesian Languages 

Guest Editors:

Siaw-Fong Chung (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

Michael Tanangkingsing (National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan)

Abstract Submission Deadline: 29 February 2024 

The Austronesian language family is a vast and diverse group of languages spoken by peoples in the Asia-Pacific region, including Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Madagascar. In Taiwan, Formosan languages are spoken by a diverse range of indigenous ethnic groups, each having its own language specialties. The comparison of these languages to other related Austronesian languages and/or foreign languages will be invited in this special issue.

This special issue of Foreign Language Studies, slated for release in June 2025, will be dedicated to exploring issues, challenges, and practices associated with research on Austronesian languages. Submissions addressing the following topics, with specific reference to research in Austronesian languages, cross-linguistic and/or typological studies on Formosan languages (which may include comparative studies with other Austronesian/foreign languages), are invited: 

·         Documentation and Description

·         Conservation and Revitalization

·         Language Policy

·         Lexicography

·         Sociolinguistics

·         Dialectology

·         Corpus Linguistics

·         Discourse Analysis and Stylistics

·         Linguistic Landscapes

Contributors are welcome to address issues or topics not listed above. We seek full-length articles that offer a fresh perspective, grounded in theory and methodology, on issues related to Austronesian languages. 

Full-length articles, written in English, should range from 6,000 to 10,000 words. If manuscripts are to be written in Chinese or other languages, authors have to provide an English abstract, with a maximum of one page A4 in length, for initial review. Full-length Chinese articles should span 12,000 to 20,000 words, adhering to the same academic rigor on issues relating to Austronesian languages. The special issue also accepts book reviews and research notes of around 2,000 to 3,000 words on a related topic.


Abstracts due                                                           29 February 2024 
Notification of full submission invitation                 6 April 2024
Papers due for peer review                                       5 July 2024
Review decision                                                       9 October 2024
Final papers due                                                      11 December 2024
Publication date                                                       June 2025  

Foreign Language Studies, founded in 2004, is an open-access peer-reviewed journal of foreign literature, language, teaching, and cultural studies, and one of the most well-established academic journals in Taiwan. As a multi-lingual journal, it is dedicated to the interdisciplinary exploration of literature, language, teaching, and culture. It focuses on the emergence of global vision and dialogue by addressing theoretical and practical issues arising from the encounter of various literatures, languages, teachings, and cultures around the world. It is currently indexed in Taiwan Citation Index - Humanities and Social Sciences, NCL Taiwan Periodical Literature, Airiti Library, HyRead Journal, Taiwan Academic Citation Index, Taiwan Journals Search, and LawData.

We welcome inquiries and proposals for co-authored contributions. Please contact the guest editors: Siaw-Fong Chung ( and Michael Tanangkingsing (

Siaw-Fong Chung (PhD) holds the position of Professor in the Department of English at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Since February 2022, she has had the privilege of serving as the Chairperson of the department, and in 2023 she was elected to become the 13th president of the Linguistic Society of Taiwan. Her professional focus lies within the domains of corpus linguistics, lexical semantics, and cognitive linguistics. Throughout her career, she has conducted research and published extensively on a variety of subjects, including Malay corpus linguistics, near-synonym analysis, and most recently, an investigation into language use on social media using a corpus-based approach. She has served as editors in several journals in the past. 

Michael Tanangkingsing (PhD) is Associate Professor in the Department of English at National Taipei University of Technology. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2019-2023), Chair of the Department of English (2016-2019), and Head of the International Cooperation Section in the Office of International Affairs (2012-2016). He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Philippine Journal of Linguistics since 2017 and was the chair holder for The Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics and Language Education in 2023. His research interests include syntax and pragmatics in Philippine languages.

Call for Papers.pdf