Austroasiatic Languages & Linguistics

This website is dedicated to the coordination and documentation of linguistic projects concerning the Austroasiatic languages, particularly in connection with the International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (ICAAL).


The 9th ICAAL was hosted by the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden, over 18-19 November 2021. many thanks to the organizers: Nicole Kruspe & Niclas Burenhult, for what was our very successful first virtual ICAAL, link to page.

The ICAAL workshop proposed to be held at NEHU campus (Shillong, Meghalaya, India) has been postponed due to the COVID19 crisis, we hope to announce a new date when circumstances improve. Proposal: A two-day workshop with a theme of word in AA. A small number of speakers to be invited to present their research. The second day will focus typological features of AA languages of India. This session will be open for researchers across India as well as international scholars working on AA languages spoken in India. The number of papers will be limited subject to review by the scientific committee (ICAAL Continuity Group).

Austroasiatic Studies

Austroasiatic languages are spoken in a vast area stretching from Vietnam in the East to eastern India in the West, and Northern India in the North to Malaysia and the Nicobar Islands in the South. With Khmer in Cambodia and Vietnamese in Vietnam, two Austroastiatic languages have official status, while Mon and Khmer are among the earliest documented languages of Southeast Asia, with inscriptions going back to the 6th century CE.

In spite of their linguistic and historical importance, the study of Austroasiatic languages is much less advanced than other languages families of the area. An overview volume of the Austroasiatic languages, with a special focus on the non-Munda languages, was edited by Mathias Jenny from the University of Zurich and Paul Sidwell (then at the Australian National University) and published in 2014. More grammars and sketches of Austroasatic and other Southeast Asian languages will be published in the same Brill series ( Proposals for contributions are welcome, please contact the series editors for further information at

Pages with historical information (including photographs) on the history of ICAAL and related meeting are found here.

The main repository for Austroasiatic language data is RWAAI (Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage), hosted by Lund University.

An earlier site documenting ICAAL-related activities is archived at, this is no longer being updated.

For any inquiries or feedback on this site or ICAAL please email <>.

ICAAL Info is a mailing list for ICAAL as well as related projects and activities.

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