Appel à comm. : Romano-Arabica XIX, « Curses and profanity in the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa ». (Limite : 31/10/2018).
All people curse. This is a valid assumption for any period and any location on Earth. Curses have been varying in meaning from maledictions and oaths to offensive language and insults. Curses have evolved together with languages throughout history, but they have essentially kept their status as simple wishes or solicitations towards a deity to do harm to someone, while giving benefits to the solicitor. With the passing of time, such curses generated profanity, foul or blasphemous language. Socio-linguistic studies on this topic are rather scarce and this new issue of Romano-Arabica invites scholars who wish to discuss about curses and profanity in the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.