Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2020

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Monday, May 18th - Wednesday, May 20th

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS)

Call for Papers

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa invites scholars working on Southeast Asian linguistics to the 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS), May 18-20, 2020, to be held on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Plenary speakers:

Gary Holton, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kitima Indambarya, Kasetsart University

Peter Jenks, UC Berkeley

Aldrin Lee, University of the Philippines - Diliman


The SEALS Conference will be immediately preceded by theInternational Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL) and theInternational Symposium on the Languages of Jave (ISLOJ) on May 14-16, as well as a series of workshops on various topics and a special lecture by Dr. Robert Blust (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) on May 17, 2020.


Submissions of one page maximum (including figures, examples and references) for talks and posters will be accepted beginning November 01, 2019 at:


Abstracts dealing with any areas related to Southeast Asian Languages will be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • semantics
  • pragmatics
  • discourse analysis
  • genetic and areal relationships
  • interactional linguistics
  • historical and comparative studies
  • sociolinguistic studies
  • psycholinguistics
  • language acquisition
  • neurolinguistics
  • language and culture/thought
  • language documentation
  • language endangerment
  • language revitalization/reclamation


Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Abstracts should be written in English and submitted in PDF format. Abstracts must conform to the following format requirements:

  • Abstracts must have a clear and informative title (preferably centered at top of page, in bold, in sentence case).
  • All text, examples, figures and references must fit on one A1 (8.5”x11”) page (minimum font size: 11, single spaced).
  • Abstracts must be fully anonymous: authors’ names, affiliations, or pictures should not be indicated anywhere in the document.


Abstracts must be submitted by January 05, 2020 via the EasyChair system ( For more information, see, or email


Important Dates:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 5, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: Early February, 2020

Online Pre-registration: February 01 - April 15, 2020

Online Regular Registration: April 16 – May 12, 2020