Announcements of Conferences

1. SEALS 29 in Tokyo, Japan (Deadline passed)
2. The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia (Abstract deadline: Feb. 28, 2019)
3. ICAAL8 in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Abstract deadline: Feb. 18, 2019)
4. Announcement: Fulbright-Hays Grant for Khmer Language Study
Language and Social Hierarchy: Workshop on address and self-reference in Southeast Asia


On behalf of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, we're pleased to announce the 29th meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. The conference will take place on May 27-29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. It is hosted by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the LingDy3 project (ILCAA, TUFS).

Important dates
· Deadline for abstracts - January 31, 2019
· Notification of acceptance - February 28, 2019
· Start of early registration - March 1, 2019
· End of early registration - April 15, 2019

Keynote speakers: SEALS29 features two keynote speakers.
· Alexander Coupe (Nanyang Technological University)
· Hsiu-chuan Liao (National Tsing Hua University)

Call for papers: Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of papers dealing with any areas related to Southeast Asian Languages. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: phonetics and phonology, historical and comparative studies, morphology,sociolinguistic studies, syntax, psycholinguistics semantics, neurolinguistics pragmatics, language and culture/thought discourse analysis, language documentation, genetic and areal relationships. Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Each individual may present up to one single-authored paper and one joint paper.

· Abstracts should be written in English and submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Abstracts should not exceed 1 A4 page (minimum font size 11 point, single spaced) inclusive of examples and references.
· Ensure that titles are informative, and that the interesting claim(s) are summarized in the first paragraph. Authors should not put their names or affiliation in the doc/pdf version, just the title and body of abstract.
· Abstracts must be submitted via the EasyChair system (, which will open on December 1. Any questions to the local organization should be posted to:

SEALS29 Organizing Committee

2. The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia (August 19-21, 2019)

Overview: Nearly 600 distinct languages are spoken in MSEA. They show patterns of both diversity and unity in their origins, cultural contexts, social settings, and linguistic structure, from phonology to morphological profile to person reference systems, and beyond. How do features of language in MSEA relate to patterns of culture and society in the area? While major languages like Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, and Chinese are well-studied, they represent only a fraction of the area’s languages. This workshop will look at the languages of the MSEA area through an anthropological lens, with a special emphasis on minority/indigenous languages.

Abstracts due date: Feb 28 2019

Abstract length: 200 words max

Submit by email to:

Scope of Workshop Content: Language and kinship; Inter-language contact; Language and social identity; Language-music relationship; Language and political power; Language and social interaction; Language and media/technology; Language style and sociolinguistic variation; Language diversity and patterns of thought; Language ideology; native beliefs/values about language; Relations between culture and language structure/usage; Relations between social structure and language structure/usage; 

Funding support: There are no fees for participation in the workshop. Our default assumption is that participants will cover costs of their own travel, accommodation, and upkeep during the workshop. However, we will be able to provide some funding assistance for a limited number of participants who can show a clear need. If you would be unable to attend without some form of funding assistance, please specify this clearly in your submission.

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.

  • Panels / Workshops: we call upon interested participants to propose programmatically oriented panels / workshops, ideally consisting of 4~5 presentations plus time for mediated discussion. A workshop on AA comparative clause structure is already planned. Proposals for panels / workshops should be submitted by their conveners no later than 21 January 2019. Proposals should include: title, 200 word rationale, names of any proposed participants (final list not required at initial proposal). Conveners will be responsible for selection and coordination of participants within their respective panels / workshops. The organizers may refer unsolicited abstracts to conveners.
  • 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
  • Abstracts: 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, must be sent to <> no later than February 18, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 18, 2019. 
  • Organizers: Paul Sidwell, Mathias Jenny, Ampika Rattanapitak, Mark Alves


Announcement: 12 fellowships from Fulbright-Hays for students to study the Khmer language and culture via ASK summer abroad program in Cambodia. For advanced learners with at least 2 years of Khmer study. The fellowship includes: RT tickets from the US to Cambodia, tuition, local transportation with program in host country, cultural excursion and fee, book/materials, and $2,500 stipend for each selected student. The program will be 4 weeks in Siem Reap and 4 weeks in Phnom Penh from June 10 to August 2, 2019. Online application (no fee):


Location: The University of Sydney
Workshop Dates: 21-22 June 2019
Abstract Due Date: 30 March 2019