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    31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS)

    • May 18-20, 2022
    • Project Lead(s): Kamil Deen, Bradley McDonnell, Jim Yoshioka
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    Call for Papers

    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), May 18-20, 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. 

    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

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

    • phonetics and phonology
    • morphology
    • syntax
    • semantics
    • pragmatics
    • discourse analysis     
    • genetic and areal relationships
    • interactional linguistics
    • historical and comparative studies
    • sociolinguistic studies
    • psycholinguistics
    • language acquisition
    • neurolinguistics
    • 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 (Hawaii 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, see  or email us

    Important Dates

    • January 03, 2022 (Hawaiʻi Standard Time): Deadline for Abstract Submission 
    • January 31, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
    • February 15 – 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 18 – 20, 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 Hawaiʻi 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.