Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions
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Bhasha. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions is an international journal that welcomes submissions that adopt evidence-based approaches to all areas of linguistics related to South Asian literary (classical and modern/contemporary), spoken and/or endangered languages. The aim of the Journal is to collect papers devoted to the general synchronic linguistic analysis (including sociolinguistic analysis pertaining to today’s languages) of particular languages and/or particular texts, even those that incorporate a comparative analysis with other languages or texts. From the point of view of linguistics, one of the other areas of interest is understanding the evolution of the various languages employed in South Asia today and in the previous historical phases. The term ‘evolution’ is here understood from the point of view of linguistic history – according to a pure diachronic linguistic perspective – as well as from the point of view of the history of these languages, concerning thus the dynamics existing between a specific language and the culture and socio-political context of the society where this language is spoken. For this reason, the Journal also includes in its scope the analysis of the history of reading and reception studies in South Asia. Articles focusing on textual details and criticism and on the history of manuscript traditions and circulation will also be considered. Last but not the least, particular emphasis is also placed on the study of grammatical traditions that have thrived in the South Asian regions. An important part of Bhasha will be devoted to reviews of new books or specific important papers related in some way to the aims of the Journal. The Journal predominantly publishes articles in English but will occasionally also publish in Italian, French and German.

Informazioni generali

  • peopleComitati
    Direzione scientifica
    Andrea Drocco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Comitato scientifico
    Gregory Anderson, Institute for Endangered Languages, Salem, USA    
    E. Annamalai, University of Chicago, USA; Central Institute of Indian Languages, India    
    Vit Bubenik, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada    
    Paolo Di Giovine, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    
    Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA    
    Leonid Kulikov, Universiteit Gent, België    
    Malhar Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India    
    Carol Genetti, New York University, New York-Abu Dhabi, USA    
    Silvia Luraghi, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italia    
    Krzysztof Stroński, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland    
    Boris Zakharyin, Moscow State University, Russia    

    Comitato editoriale
    Maria Casadei, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland    
    Valentina Barnabei, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Andrea Drocco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Elisabetta Campagni, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Lucrezia Carnesale, Università di Pavia; Università degli Studi Bergamo, Italia    
    Bryan De Notariis, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Direttore responsabile
    Andrea Drocco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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Peer review

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Politiche di revisione per le singole sezioni:

  • Volume/Fascicolo completo: peer review
  • Introduzioni, prefazioni: senza peer review
  • Monografie | Saggi | Articoli: peer review
  • Recensioni: no peer review
  • Editoriali: no peer review

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    • Preparazione di un documento
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    • Composizione del testo
    • Sistema di riferimento bibliografico
    • Bibliografia generale

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  • call_to_actionCall for papers

    Call for papers - Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions

    Vol. 2 | Num. 1 | April 2023

    Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions is a new peer-reviewed, internationally open access research journal on the languages of the Indian subcontinent. The Journal, launched by the Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, is not only devoted to the ‘pure’ linguistic study of South Asian languages with a synchronic and/or diachronic approach. Indeed the scope of this journal is also extended to studies on the Indian grammatical tradition (Sanskrit and non-Sanskrit) and on textual criticism as well. Actually, one of the aims of the journal is to try to combine philology and linguistics through some of the papers that will be submitted.

    Deadline: 15 December 2022.

  • codeCodice etico della Rivista

    Ethical Code of Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions

    Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory Board of Bhāṣā alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Bhāṣā Editor.

    The Bhāṣā Editor and Advisory Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    If the Bhāṣā Editor and Advisory Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation. 

    Authors responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Bhāṣā website. 

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Bhāṣā Editor. 


    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Bhāṣā Editor will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Citations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Bhāṣā Editor, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Bhāṣā Editor and Advisory Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Bhāṣā Editor. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the Author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.