The Southeast Asian Linguistics Society is formed for the purpose of facilitating and promoting contact and communication among scholars and students of Southeast Asian Linguistics, and for the dissemination of their scholarly works. It holds international meetings annually to provide reasonable opportunity for scholars and students from Southeast Asia to participate.

   The 29th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 29) will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 27-29 May 2019.

Important dates:

  • January 31, 2019 - Deadline for abstracts

  • February 28, 2019 - Notification of acceptance

  • March 15, 2019 - Start of registration

  • April 15, 2019 - End of registration

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Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Alexander Coupe
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    "The Aoic languages in areal and typological perspective"

  • Hsiu-chuan Liao
    National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
    "Another look at the clause structure in Philippine languages"

  • Sumittra Suraratdecha
    Mahidol University, Thailand
    "Language revitalization, community engagement and social impacts"


Sumittra Suraratdecha

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Hsiu-chuan Liao


Alexander Coupe

Call for papers  

The call for papers is now closed for SEALS29.


The 29th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 29) is hosted by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and sponsored by LingDy3 (Linguistic Dynamics Science 3, ILCAA) project and by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers (17H02331, 17H04523, 18H05219, 18K12366).