SEALS 20 Zurich, Switzerland

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The 20th Anniversary Meeting of the
Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

June 10-11, 2010

THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS who joined SEALS 20 in Zurich and made it a great experience for us as hosts. We hope that you had a good time here in Switzerland. It was our pleasure having you as our guests and we look forward to seeing you in 2011 at Kasetsart University in Bangkok for SEALS 21.

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This website contains information about the 20th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) to be held at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, June 10-11, 2010. Around 40 presentations are expected to be given on all of the major language families in Southeast Asia on a wide range of linguistic topics. Information about transportation and accommodations as well as presentation abstracts will be available on the pages on this site.

Scope: The Southeast Asian Linguistics Society provides a forum to share research results and ideas for linguists interested in Southeast Asian languages. In terms of genetic affiliation, investigation into any aspect of Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tai-Kadai, or Tibeto-Burman languages may be relevant to our members. Although the common thread we recognize in the first instance is geographical, the boundaries of Southeast Asia are not clear, and we would not like to draw them rigidly. For example, scholars of languages that have a historical connection to the languages of the area which, however, lie geographically outside and/or are typologically unlike those in the Southeast Asian group would be welcome to participate in our meetings and publications, as would scholars of the typologically similar languages of southern China.

Keynote speakers :

Bernard Comrie (MPI EVA, Leipzig & UC Santa Barbara)
Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (Universität zu Köln)
Martha S. Ratliff (Wayne State University, Detroit)
Theraphan L. Thongkum (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)


Department of General Linguistics

University of Zurich

Plattenstrasse 54, CH-8032 Zurich


E-mail: sealsXX @

Local Organizing Committee:

Mathias Jenny
Tobias Weber

International Committee:

Mark Alves
Marc Brunelle
Dinh Lu Giang
Martha Ratliff
Paul Sidwell
Uri Tadmor
Alice Vittrant
Justin Watkins

We thank De Gruyter Mouton for supporting this conference.