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The Journal of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” Contrastive Linguistics is the world’s first periodical dedicated to contrastive linguistic studies.

Over the past decades, Contrastive Linguistics published the works of renowned scholars from Bulgaria and various other countries. Scores of young doctoral students, assistant professors, and research assistants made their first steps in the academia on the pages of the journal. Prominent linguists from Bulgaria and abroad are active members of its Editorial Board.

The history of the journal dates back to 1976 when a unique periodical – Bulletin for the study of the Bulgarian language in comparison with other languages – ​​was conceived of and successfully launched by Prof. Svetomir Ivanchev (1920–1991). In 1978 the Bulletin was redubbed Contrastive Linguistics. After the death of the journal’s founder and first ever editor-in-chief, Prof. Zhivko Boyadzhiev (1936–2007) was elected as the editor-in-chief and served as such until 2007. At the beginning of 2008 Prof. Petya Asenova was elected editor-in-chief of the journal. As of 2024 the newly elect editor-in-chief is Prof. Krasimira Aleksova.

The pages of this authoritative printed organ of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” serve as the publishing outlet for studies in the fields of:

• comparative and contrastive studies based on more than 50 languages;

• discussion problems of general linguistics and diverse branches thereof;

• the history of Bulgarian linguistics and its connections with other linguistic traditions;

• the history of world linguistics (portraits of distinguished Bulgarian and foreign linguists, the history of linguistics in Bulgaria and the history of Bulgarian studies abroad;

• the theory and practice of translation;

• anniversaries of Bulgarian and foreign linguists;

• reviews and annotations of a huge number of publications (Bulgarian and foreign) in all areas of linguistics;

• timely chronicles of significant scientific for a held in Bulgaria and around the world;

• bibliographies with a different linguistic profile (thematic and personal), as well as bibliographies of Bulgarian linguistic dissertations, etc.

The journal accepts for publications articles in Bulgarian, Russian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.