ICAAL 8, 2019


We are pleased to announce that the 8th International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (ICAAL8) will be held in Chiang Mai (Thailand) August 29-31, 2019, hosted by The Myanmar Center at the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University.

This biennial conference brings together scholars working on all aspects of AA languages and linguistics.

Scope: Continuing the practice of recent ICAAL workshops and meetings, we welcome contributions from outside of AA studies that bring relevant areal and historical perspectives. The conference general session is open to presentations covering diverse topics, including but not restricted to:

  • syntax, phonology, morphology, lexicon, contact, language use, classification, historical linguistics and reconstruction, endangerment and documentation.

Keynote address: a keynote talk has been confirmed, details will be posted here soon.

Panels / Workshops:

2 thematic workshops are confirmed:

  • AA comparative Clause Structure: Building on the recent surge of interest in AA historical syntax, we look forward to presentations that contribute to the theme of clause structure and related morpho-syntactic talks. This includes the encoding of grammatical relations, dependencies, constituency, as well as word order related topics. Talks that put AA patterns in an areal perspective are welcome in this workshop.
  • Diachrony of Register & Tone: Crucial evidence underpinning current theories of registrogenesis and tonogenesis was gleaned from the comparative study of Austroasiatic languages in the 20th century. This workshop will identify and discuss outstanding issues in the diachrony of register and tone both in Austroasiatic and in Southeast Asia more broadly.


Abstracts for both open session and panels / workshops, in .odt or .docx format, not exceeding 1 A4 page in length (minimum 11pt TNR) including examples and references, should be sent to <icaalprojects@gmail.com> by March 18, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by end of March (if you require an earlier approval to arrange travel, please let us know). If you do intend to participate, please let us know ASAP, regardless of when you send in your abstract.


Paul Sidwell

Mark Alves

Mathias Jenny

Ampika Rattanapitak

All inquiries should be sent to <icaalprojects@gmail.com>


Registration has been set at USD100/THB3,200 standard rate and USD80/THB2500 for students. Participants will be asked to pre-register and pay by PayPal no later than 30 days before the meeting, instructions will be given at the time of abstract acceptances are sent out. If you require to pay in cash on arrival please contact the organisers to arrange this.

Registration includes lunches and refreshments during the meeting, and conference dinner (one night only).


The ICAAL meeting 2019 will be held at the Green Nimman CMU Residence@uniserv (239 Nimmanahaeminda Road, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai), well within walking distance of numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs in Chiang Mai. Coffee breaks and lunch will be served at the venue.

Rooms are available at a special conference rate of only THB800 per night (including breakfast) at the Green Nimman, please let the organisers know if you wish to reserve one of these rooms. Rooms/facilities at Green Nimman are of intermediate standard, there are also many other hotels/guesthouses in the area in a broad range of prices/standards if you are looking for higher/lower options.


A detailed schedule will be posted closer to the time of the meeting. The plan is for participants to have 35 minute slots (20 minutes speaking time, 10 minutes discussion, 5 minutes change-over time). As far as possible we will run a single session to facilitate attendance at all talks, depending on overall numbers.