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Author Guidelines

  1. Papers on language and linguistics to be published in Dhaka University Journal of Linguistics (DUJL) should be original. It indicates that the work has not appeared elsewhere and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  2. DUJL is published twice a year (February and August) by the Registrar, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  3. All articles published in DUJL undergo peer reviewing before publication.
  4. DUJL is a bilingual journal. Contributions should be written either in English or in Bengali.  Either British or American spelling should be consistently followed in articles written in English.
  5. Manuscript should be submitted electronically (Word or rtf, accompanied by an identical pdf-file) to the editor or associate editor. The email addresses for submission are, and respectively. In addition, 2 copies of manuscript will also be accepted as hard copy, accompanied by a CD.
  6. In the manuscript the first page should contain the title of the article, the name, affiliation, and address of author(s); an abstract (not exceeding 150 words), and four to six keywords. The article should be started from the second page and must be anonymous.
  7. Except for special issues, the maximum page limit for submissions to DUJL is 15 pages (A4 size) including appendices and references.
    • 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman, 12-font size, SILDoulos / SILSophia IPA93 for IPA symbol (if there is any), justified, with no blank line between paragraphs.
    • The headings of sections and subsections (if there is any) should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.).
    • Tables and Figures should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. Appropriate captions should be provided for the figures.
    • Note should appear as End-Notes and should be concise and numbered consecutively;
    • 10-font size and, justified.
    • Short title of the paper should appear in the top left corner of each page with page number.

Quotation and Reference

Short quotations should be mentioned within quotation marks and run on in the text with reference and page numbers. Quotations of more than 25 words should be put as separate paragraph and, indented. Changes in quoted material should be indicated with square brackets.  

In the text reference of quotation should follow the style as (Chomsky, 1995: 273), or for a reprinted version: (Chatterji, [1926] 2002: 6). For example,

Beginning from the extreme north-west, we have the Dardic languages, which, although they do not belong to the Indo-Aryan group, may be noticed in this connection. (Chatterji, [1926] 2002: 6).

But if the author is the part of the syntax of the sentence in which it appears, the reference should take the form like ‘Author (date)'. For example, As Lyons (1991) identifies...., or See also Lyons (1991)  

Reference section should contain all and only references cited in the text. Below is the instruction for reference section.


Lyons, J.1991. Chomsky. London: Fontana Press

Daniels, P.T. and William, B. (eds.).1996.The world's writing systems. New York: Oxford University Press.

Article published in an edited volume

Islam, S. M. 2004.A Note on the Need of Good Translations. In Zaman, Niaz (ed.) Translation Theory and Practice, 69-73.Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Limited.

Article published in a journal

Coltheart, M. 2000.Deep dyslexia is a right-hemisphere reading. Brain and Language, 71: 299-309


Laponce, J.A.  Minority Languages and Globalization. Retrieved on April 28, 2009, from

Kay, S. 2006. English as a Global Language. Accessed on April 27, 2009, from


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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