Old Mon plaque on the Ananda Temple, Bagan

Austroasiatic languages

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 and 7th centuries..

In spite of their linguistic and historical importance, the study of Austroasiatic languages is much less advanced than other languages families of the area. This website is dedicated to the coordination of linguistic projects concerning the Austroasiatic languages.

An overview volume of the Austroasiatic languages, with a special focus on the non-Munda languages, has recently been edited by Mathias Jenny from the University of Zurich and Paul Sidwell from the Australian National University. More grammars and sketches of Austroasatic and other Southeast Asian languages will be published in the same Brill series (http://www.brill.com/products/series/mainland-and-insular-south-east-asia). Proposals for contributions are welcome, please contact the series editors for further information at icaalprojects [AT] gmail.com.

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

Archival documentation of AA-related activities are to be found on the official ICAAL website at http://icaal.org/.

ICAAL Info is the mailing list of ICAAL as well as related projects and activities.