SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

1st SOAS Sylheti Conference


Date: 12 May 2016Time: 9:15 AM

Finishes: 12 May 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: B102

Type of Event: Conference

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SOAS is happy to announce the first conference on Sylheti. For the last 3 years, the students and faculty members in the Linguistics Department have worked together with members of the Surma Community Centre in Camden to document the Sylheti language. The Sylheti Project and the Sylheti Language Society are the results of this initiative. Taking inspiration and encouragement from the Sylheti-speaking population in London, the projects endeavour not only to document Sylheti as it is spoken in Camden, but also to teach it.


This one-day conference will be an opportunity for linguists and other academics to present and discuss research on Sylheti, in a programme that ranges from its phonology to its role in communication about climate change.  Full programme here.

We are happy to welcome Dr Mark Sebba from Lancaster University who will present a plenary talk titled Spelling Sylheti: phonology and practice.  Click here for the abstract.

Registration and Fees

  • Students/presenters/unwaged: £6
  • Professionals: £12

The fees cover the refreshments provided the day of the conference.

Please register with The Sylheti Language Conference .


Candide Simard, Marie Thaut, Emily Gref, Andriana Koumbarou, Anna Cronin, Anu Bhaskararaman, Breanna Lewis, Caoife Garvey, Daniel Vincent, Eveling Villa, Harry Willoughby, Jean Rohleder, Jonas Lau, Martha Tsutsui, Rebecca Orford, Robert Laub, Sarah Dopierala, Waran Kangeyan, and Zurab Baratashvili.