Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

Announcements

SEALS 26 will be held in Manila in 2016; see seals26manila.org

For the first time, the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society (SEALS) will be held in Manila, Philippines on May 26 to 28, 2016.  SEALS26 is organised by the University of the Philippines‐Department of Linguistics and SIL International‐Philippines.  The first call for papers will be sent soon.

Introduction to BCP47 and ISO639-3 Language Tags (a SEALS 25 presentation by Martin Hosken and Campbell Prince) is available on YouTube.


JSEALS (ISSN 1836-6821) is the peer-reviewed open-access electronic Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, devoted to publishing research on the languages of mainland and insular Southeast Asia. Formally established by decision of the SEALS 17 meeting in September 2007, JSEALS supersedes the former SEALS Conference Proceedings published by Arizona State University. JSEALS is distributed as an open access journal by Asia-Pacific Linguistics (pacling.anu.edu.au), and the JSEALS website (jseals.org) and is indexed by Scopus.

JSEALS is available from Asia-Pacific Linguisitics Open Access (formerly Pacific Linguistics) as an e-journal under the Creative Common 3.0 License.  From 2012 on, individual articles may be downloaded from there as well.

Volume 7:2014 articles  
Volume 5:2012   (4.2M)  articles       Volume 6:2013   (15.5M)  articles
Volume 4-1:2011   (1.9M)       Volume 4-2:2011   (9.0M)
Volume 3-1:2010   (6.1M)       Volume 3-2:2010   (3.3M)
Volume 1:2009   (2.3M)       Volume 2:2009   (4.1M)

Papers from earlier SEALS conferences may be found at the The SEALS On-Line Archives.

Guidelines for submission
WHAT: JSEALS welcomes contributions written in English that deal with general linguistic (as opposed to cultural or anthropological) issues which further the lively debate that characterizes the annual SEALS conferences. Devoted to a region of extraordinary linguistic diversity, JSEALS features papers on the languages of Southeast Asia, including Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai.

Topics may include descriptive, theoretical, or historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology (ethnolinguistics, language attitudes and ideology, discourse and conversational analysis, language and gender, language and politics), language planning and policy, sociolinguistic surveys, language pedagogy and acquisition, orthography development and testing, or literacy development and acquisition. JSEALS also admits data papers, reports, and notes, subject to an internal review process.

WHEN, WHERE, AND HOW: Papers can be submitted electronically at any time. Please see the submission guidelines page. Also note the files and links on the left side of this page. If you have any queries about submitting your article, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at mark.alves AT montgomerycollege.edu.

Although we normally expect that JSEALS articles will have been presented and discussed at the SEALS conference, submission is open to all, regardless of participation in SEALS meetings. Each original article undergoes double-blind review by at least two scholars, usually a member of the Advisory Board and one or more independent referees. We are grateful for their voluntary assistance in ensuring the quality of our publications.


SEALS Business Meeting Updates
The JSEALS 25 business meeting on May 28, 2015 agreed on these changes: Executive committee members are:
Statement of purpose
1) The Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS, also the Society) is formed for the purpose of facilitating and promoting contact and communication among scholars and students of Southeast Asian Linguistics, and for the dissemination of their scholarly works.

2) The members of the Society advocate the documentation, study, analysis, teaching and maintenance of Southeast Asian Languages.

3) To these ends, the Society undertakes:

  a) to hold international meetings, normally annually, and in a manner that provides reasonable opportunity for scholars and students from Southeast Asia to participate

  b) to publish a journal, and such other publications and communications as deemed appropriate, in order to provide opportunity for the presentation of scholarly research and documentation on Southeast Asian Languages

  c) to maintain a website as a point of contact and information

  d) to maintain appropriate academic standards in meetings and publications, principally by means of peer review of papers and abstracts

4) The Society accepts as members those persons who, in good faith, endorse this statement of purpose.


SEALS history 
The Southeast Asian Linguistcs Society was founded by Martha Ratliff and Eric Schiller (who had the idea while car-pooling to work) in 1990.  The first meeting took place in 1991 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and was attended by (among others) Benedict, Gedney, Diffloth, Matisoff, Sagart, Edmondson, and Thurgood.  Annual publication of the SEALS Conference proceedings was assumed by Arizona State University the next year. 

    The SEALS conference regularly circumnavigates the globe, and has met in Southeast Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia.  It is generally expected to meet in Asia at least every other year.  See also Google map of past meeting sites.
1991 North America (USA, Detroit, Michigan)
1992 North America (USA, Phoenix, Arizona)
1993 Asia/North America (USA, Honolulu, Hawaii)
1994 Asia (Thailand, Bangkok & Chiang Rai)
1995 North America (USA, Tucson, Arizona)
1996 North America (USA, Eugene, Oregon)
1997 North America (USA, Urbana, Illinois)
1998 Asia (Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur)
1999 North America (USA, Berkeley, California)
2000 North America (USA, Madison, Wisconsin)
2001 Asia (Thailand, Bangkok)
2002 North America (USA, DeKalb, Illinois)
2003 North America (USA, Los Angeles, California)
2004 Asia (Thailand, Bangkok)
2005 Australia (Canberra)
2006 Asia (Indonesia, Jakarta)
2007 North America (USA, Baltimore, Maryland)
2008 Asia (Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur)
2009 Asia (Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City)
2010 Europe (Zurich, Switzerland)
2011 Asia (Bangkok, Thailand)
2012 Europe (Agay, France)
2013 Asia (Bangkok, Thailand)
2014 Asia (Yangon, Myanmar)
2015 Asia (Chiang Mai, Thailand)


The JSEALS website is maintained by the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics.  Please send requests for additions, corrections, or information to doug.cooper.thailand at gmail.com.  Editorial queries should be directed to mark.alves at montgomerycollege.edu