SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

24th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS24)

Various Speakers

Date: 27 May 2014Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 31 May 2014Time: 12:30 PM

Venue: Room: Marlar Hsaung, Yangon University, Pyay Road

Type of Event: Conference

The 24th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society will be held from 28-31 May in Marlar Hsaung on the main campus of Yangon University.  The entrance to Marlar Hsaung is on the east side of Pyay Road between Hledan and the junction with Inya Road.  The hosting of the conference on the campus of Yangon University marks the first international conference to be held at Yangon University for several decades.

This meeting provides a forum to share research findings and ideas on the languages and linguistics of Southeast Asia, including the Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai language families. As SEALS is being held in Burma/Myanmar for the first time, we hope especially to focus on languages and linguistics in Myanmar and to involve linguists from Myanmar.


The deadline for abstracts to be submitted has passed and all authors have been notified of acceptance or rejection.


SEALS24 - Programme (pdf; 99kb)

Please notify us as soon as possible at of any proɡramminɡ constraints or if you wish to withdraw from the conference.   

Tuesday 27 May
  • Pre-conference workshops
    • (1) Evidential systems in Tibetan languages
    • (2) Mediaeval Tibeto-Burman (see below) Languages Symposium VI
    • FLeX software training workshop
    • Praat software training workshop
  • Registration and Welcome Reception
Wednesday 28 MayPaper presentations
Thursday 29 May
  • Paper presentations
  • evening: conference banquet
Friday 30 May
  • Paper presentations
Saturday 31 May (morning)
  • Paper presentations
  • SEALS business meeting and conference closing
  • afternoon excursion (Option 1)
Sunday 1 JuneAll-day excursion (Option 2)

Pre-conference workshops

The conference will include two special panels and a training workshop as follows:

Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages VI

Following in a series of similarly named events, this panel/workshop is a forum to foster collaboration among scholars who research the languages and literature of Tibeto-Burman groups with a pre-modern tradition of writing including (but not limited to) Burmese, Tibetan, Pyu, Bailang, Old Chinese, Meithei, Newar, and Yi. Presentations from all relevant perspectives, such as descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, philology, paleography, epigraphy, codicology, and stemmatics are all encouraged.

Evidential systems in Tibetan languages (co-organized with Lauren Gawne)

The evidential systems of Tibetan languages, in particular Lhasa dialect, have played an important role in the typological discussion of evidential systems generally. However, this typological literature is often disconnected from the results of detailed documentation of the relevant phenomena in the dialectological literature; that much of this literature is written in German and Japanese has served as one obstacle. This panel/workshop solicits descriptive presentations on Tibetan evidential systems across time and space as well as presentations that reexamine what Tibetan can offer for the typological study of evidential systems. It is intended to publish proceedings as a book on Tibetan evidential systems.

FLeX training workshop (conducted by Tim Armstrong)

To register for the FLeX workshop, email organiser Brian Migliazza

Fieldworks Language Explorer (FLEx) is a state of the art language software tool that facilitates data collection, analysis and publication. FLEx is particularly strong in collecting and linking lexical information and interlinearizing texts which will be the focus of this workshop. In addition it supports discourse analysis, phonetic and phonemic analysis as well as anthropological research. It also integrates to varying degrees with a healthy ecosystem of other tools such as Speech Analyzer, Phonology Assistant and WeSay. Recently FLEx gained a feature which allows users to collaborate on the same project by easily exchanging data via the web.  Apart from giving an introduction to these aspects of Fieldworks I hope to allow time for some discussion about topics of interest and be available to help with Fieldworks setup and use the following day.

Praat phonetics software training workshop (conducted by Seunghun Lee)

To register for the Praat workshop, email organizer Seunghun Lee

This workshop is an introduction to the basics of Praat, free acoustic analysis software. This workshop will cover the following topics: (a) how to start using Praat, (b) how to identify segments using a spectrogram, (c) how to use pitch tracks, (d) how to annotate segments using textgrids, and (e) how to create pictures in Praat. Praat scripts will also be introduced because they can help researchers to process large amounts of data.

Download Praat for free.  Knowledge of acoustic phonetics is not required. It is strongly recommended that participants bring their own laptop with Praat pre-installed before the beginning of the workshop.


Online registration is closed.  On-site registration is necessary to attend the conference.

  • Ordinary registration USD - $120
  • Student* discount registration USD - $70
  • Conference banquet (Thursday 29 May) - $25
  • Myanmar citizen resident in Myanmar MMK Ks 5,000/-


The conference will be held at Marlar Hsaung on the campus of Yangon University.  Marlar Hsaung is on the east side of Pyay Road opposite Kanbawza Bank.  All taxi drivers should know 'Marlar Hsaung, Pyay Road' (it's the name of a major bus stop).  Please be extremely careful coming to the conference venue: Pyay Road is a six-lane highway with no pedestrian crossings and corssing the road is very dangerous.

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