News and Announcements (JAN 2013)


The 23th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Conference website:

Call for papers

We are pleased to announce that the 23th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEAL XXIII) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on May 29-31, 2013, hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (CU) in corporation with the following institutions:

• ASEAN Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University
• Asian Studies Institute, Chulalongkorn University
• National Institutes of Japanese Language and Linguistics

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of papers dealing with any areas related to Southeast Asian Languages. This encompasses phonetics and phonology, grammatical system, genetic and areal relationships, historical and comparative studies, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, sociolinguistic studies, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and cognitive studies, language and culture/thought, as well as language documentation. In addition to these, abstracts of papers dealing with other aspects regarding SEA languages are invited for submission. The presentations will be allotted 20 minutes duration, followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

Submission of abstracts

Deadline for abstract submission is coming up on Jan 19, 2013

Abstracts of papers for the meeting of SEAL XXIII should be submitted online via Easychair using this link: Abstracts should be anonymous and written in English. The maximum length is 500 words plus examples and references. Save your abstracts in doc/docx and pdf formats. Should you have difficulties submitting your abstract online, please contact the conference organizers at

Plenary sessions

The program features two exciting plenary sessions.

Plenary session I is a timely methodological discussion. It emphasizes future directions for linguistic fieldwork amidst the rapidly changing political, economic, and social circumstances in Southeast Asia, particularly how the approaching ASEAN integration could impact the linguistic diversity and linguistic fieldwork in this region.

Plenary session II is a long-awaited revisit to the issue of deeper genetic relationships in Southeast Asia. Focusing on Austro-Tai and STAN hypotheses, this special panel brings together experts representing the linguistic phyla of SEA as well as outsider perspectives. It aims to access past research and addresses prospects on the diachronic relationship among the SEA language families and between them and language families farther afield.

Travel grants

We are pleased to announce that a few small grants will be available to help defray traveling costs. Candidates affiliated with ASEAN institutions are encouraged to apply. Please check our website for eligibility and other information (coming soon).

Important dates

• Jan 19, 2013: deadline for submission of abstracts

• Feb 28, 2013: notification of acceptance of papers

For further information or enquiries, please feel free to contact Pittayawat Pittayaporn (Joe) at Information on the website will be updated as conference arrangements progress.

Sponsored by

• Chula Global Network
• Division of Research Development and Promotion, Chulalongkorn University
• Center of Excellence Program in Language, Linguistics, and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (CU Centenary Academic Development Project)


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