JSEALS is the peer-reviewed journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. It is devoted to research on the languages of mainland and insular Southeast Asia. Previously published as the SEALS Conference Proceedings series under the stewardship of Karen Adams, formal journal publication with the sponsorship of Pacific Linguistics was approved by conference attendees in 2007.
JSEALS is available from Asia-Pacific Linguisitics Open Access (formerly Pacific Linguistics) as an e-journal under the Creative Common 3.0 License.
Guidelines for submission
Most JSEALS articles have been formally submitted for peer review and publication after having the opportunity to be presented and discussed at the SEALS conference, but non-conference articles are also welcome. As a service to the community, non-reviewed conference presentations are archived on this website. Papers from earlier SEALS conferences may be found at the The SEALS On-Line Archives.
1) To have an informal discussion period in regard to incorporation as a US nonprofit
(to be organized by Mark Alves), and collection of a modest yearly membership fee,
intended mainly to smooth the process of organizing the annual conference.
2) To welcome Peter Jenks as the new Managing Editor of JSEALS. Submissions and/or queries may be sent either to him (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paul Sidwell (email@example.com).
3) To heartily thank Justin Watkins for his successful proposal to host SEALS 24 in 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar.
1) Expand the SEALS Executive by appointing two new members. The Executive now consists of:
2) The Executive will investigate the steps needed to incorporate SEALS as a non-profit society.
3) The Executive will prepare a draft constitution for consideration at the 2013 meeting.
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, make a declaration of endorsement of this statement of purpose.
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. The 2013 meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
SEALS features papers on the languages of Southeast Asia, including Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai. Topics have included descriptive, theoretical, or historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology (ethnolinguistics, language attitudes and ideology, discourse and conversational analysis, language and gender, language and politics), language planning, literacy and bilingual education.