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Call for Papers: SEALS2022

Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa invites scholars working on Southeast Asian linguistics to the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31), May 19-21, 2022, with a special virtual poster session on May 13, 2022. SEALS 31 will be a hybrid conference, held concurrently in-person (on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) and on-line. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to indicate by February 15, 2022 whether they will present online or in-person:

>Online presenters of oral talks will submit a pre-recorded video of their 20-minute talk by April 15, 2022, and attend a live (online) 10-minute-long discussion session, during which questions may be asked from online or in-person attendees.
>In-person presenters of oral talks will deliver a 20-minute talk to the audience in Hawai‘i, while being live-streamed online (permitting remote participants to watch the talk live). This will be followed by a 10-minute-long discussion period, during which questions may be asked from online or in-person attendees.
>Poster presenters may present online (at the virtual poster session on May 13, 2022) or in-person during live poster sessions during the May 19-21 conference.
Note: If COVID-19 conditions worsen, SEALS 31 will revert to a fully online conference. That decision will be made before acceptance decisions are announced. 

Plenary speakers:
Kitima Indambarya, Kasetsart University
Peter Jenks, University of California, Berkeley
Aldrin Lee, University of the Philippines – Diliman

CFA: Abstracts dealing with any areas related to Southeast Asian Languages will be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

phonetics and phonology
discourse analysis
genetic and areal relationships
interactional linguistics
historical and comparative studies
sociolinguistic studies
language acquisition
language and culture/thought
language documentation
language endangerment
language revitalization/reclamation

Abstracts should be written in English and submitted in PDF format. Abstracts must conform to the following format requirements:

  • Abstract must have a clear and informative title (preferably centered at top of page, in bold, in sentence case).
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words. No references are required, and figures and examples are permitted only if within the 300-word limit.
  • Abstracts must be fully anonymous: authors’ names, affiliations, or pictures should not be indicated anywhere in the document.

Abstracts must be submitted by January 03, 2022 (Hawai‘i Standard Time) via the EasyChair system. Special consideration will be given to abstracts accepted to SEALS 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19), but which have not since been presented at any other venue. 

For more information, go here or email

Important Dates

January 03, 2022 (Hawai‘i Standard Time): Deadline for Abstract Submission
January 31, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
February 01 – April 15, 2022: Online Pre-registration
April 15, 2022: Submission of Recorded Talk (for remote presenters)
April 16 – May 12, 2022: Online Regular Registration
May 13, 2022: Virtual Poster Session and Social Event
May 19 – 21, 2022: SEALS Conference

SEALS 31 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS#1921334), the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai‘i, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University of Hawai’i seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you require special accommodations, please indicate this at the time that your abstract is accepted for presentation.