Registration now open for 16th Himalayan Languages Symposium: SOAS, 2-5 September 2010

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*16th Himalayan Languages Symposium


*2-5 September 2010
* School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

*Keynote address*

*Dialectology and language change: paths to tone in Tamangish languages*
Martine Mazaudon (CNRS, Paris)

*Himalayan Languages*

The world’s mightiest mountain range is also one of its richest regions in
terms of linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity. It is estimated
that roughly 600 languages, representing at least six language families, are
spoken across the Greater Himalayan Region, an area which encompasses the
mountains, hills and plateaux stretching from the Hindu Kush and Pamirs in
the West to the highlands of Burma, Yunnan and Sichuan in the East. Few of
these langauges have been researched in depth and many remain virtually

*The Himalayan Languages Symposium*

The Himalayan Languages Symposium was first held at Leiden University in
1995 and is now well-established an as an annual open forum for scholars of
all aspects of Himalayan languages. The focus of the conference is
geographical rather than language-based, reflecting the huge linguistic
diversity of the Himalaya, and the depth of contact and syncretism between
Himalayan languages and cultures.

Contributions are welcome on any language of the Greater Himalayan Region,
whether Tibeto-Burman, Indo-Aryan, Austroasiatic, Altaic, Hmong-Mien, Tai or
an isolate. Although language is the focus of the Symposium, specialists
from related disciplines such as philology, history, anthropology,
archaeology and prehistory are strongly encouraged to participate and cast
light from their respective angles on the study of Himalayan languages and
language communities.

In 2010, the Himalayan Languages Symposium is to be held in the UK for the
first time, and will run from 2 to 5 September at the School of Oriental and
African Studies. As the UK has a long tradition of scholarship in Asian
languages and cultures, we feel it is overdue that the Symposium is held
here, and we look forward to welcoming participants to London.

The proceedings of the conference are typically published by Mouton de
Gruyter, and this is also the aim this time.

We invite abstracts for presentations on topics including, but not limited

   - Descriptions of lesser-known languages
   - Language change and variation
   - Multilingualism and language contact
   - Historical-comparative studies
   - Typological studies
   - Field reports
   - Corpus-based analysis
   - Language death and language preservation
   - Language policy and language planning
   - Ethnology and folklore
   - Himalayan languages and new technologies

Contributions are also very welcome from anthropological, historical, or
archaeological etc perspectives, so long as the paper deals centrally with a
language or language community of the Greater Himalayan Region.

This year, the Himalayan Languages Symposium, will be running in conjunction
with the Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages Symposium, which will be held on 1

We would invite all participants to attend both Symposia. The full schedule
for both events will be published in due course.

For further information about the Symposia, including payment and
registration process, please see: and

For information about past Symposia, please see:
Workshop on Optional Case Marking in Tibeto-Burman: call deadline 1 April

If you would like to be a part of this workshop, please send your abstracts
of 500 words or less to both Shobhana Chelliah (chelliah at and
Gwendolyn Hyslop (glow at Abstracts should be sent no later
than*1 April 2010,
*preferably in pdf- format. A response on abstracts will be sent no later
than 15 April 2010. This workshop will be followed by a call for papers for
a special volume of Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman area on the topics
covered in the workshop. Workshop participants will be highly encouraged to
submit papers to this volume for referring and final publication by Fall

For further information about this workshop, please see:
  Symposium Fees

This year, as the two Symposia are being held as one event, the registration
fee for the Himalayan Languages Symposium will also cover entry to the
Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages Symposium.

*Full registration fees for both Symposia (1-5 September):*

£60 Standard
£40 Concessions*
£80 Late registration (Applications received after 31 August 2010) (no

 *Concessions are available for students and participants from lower-income

*Registration fee for one day of either Symposium:*

£20 day rate (no concessions)

The fees include access to all the Symposium sessions, as well as snacks and
light lunch. Unfortunately, they do not include the cost for attending the
Symposium dinner.

Please note that you can register on the day but we cannot guarantee a
place. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

*Note: *It is our policy to maximise the participation of scholars from
lower-income countries. A limited number of *bursaries* may be available to
help with travel costs for those (especially students) wishing to attend
from such countries. If you think you might qualify for a bursary, please
contact Nathan Hill (email below).

Enquires about the Programme

Dr Nathan Hill, nh36 at
Enquiries about the Registration

Centres & Programmes: centres at or Tel 020 7898 4892/3

*Organised by*: Centre of Chinese Studies, Centres and Programmes (REO)
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