Call for papers: 18th Himalayan Languages Symposium

Gwendolyn Hyslop gwendolyn.hyslop at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 15 12:14:42 UTC 2012

(On behalf of George van Driem, with apologies for cross-postings)

The 18th Himalayan Languages Symposium
10-12 September 2012
Department of Linguistics
Banaras Hindu University

We are pleased to announce that the 18th Himalayan Languages Symposium will be held at the Department of Linguistics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA on 10-12 September 2012.

The Himalayan Languages Symposium is an annual event that provides an open scholarly forum for scholars working on various aspects of languages of the greater Himalayas region: Burushaski, Kusunda, Tibeto-Burman, Indo-Iranian, Austroasiatic, Kradai, Andamanese, Nahali, Dravidian, or any other language of the area. The Symposium, in addition to Himalayan languages, also welcome contributions from related disciplines such as history, anthropology, archaeology and prehistory of the greater Himalayan regions. (More details are available on the relevant links on the Symposium website:

Call for Abstract/Paper
We invite the prospective participants to submit an abstract of not more than 300 words (maximum one page) in 12 pt font including data on a topic from the following broad indicative areas via the Easy Chair facility on the website. We also plan to bring out pre-symposium proceedings of the accepted papers.

1. Linguistic Description (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics), 2. Historical Linguistics, 3. Biolinguistics, 4. Typology, 5. Field Reports, 6. Corpus-based analysis, 7. Technology for Himalayan languages, 8. Ethnology and folklore. Works on anthropological, historical, or archaeological aspects dealing with a language or language community of the greater Himalayan region are also welcome.

In addition, we also plan to hold a one-day workshop on "Resource creation and technology development in Himalayan/lesser-known languages".

All the participants are required to register by filling the registration form after receiving the invitation letter. Registration Fee: Rs. 5000/- (with accommodation), Rs. 3000/- (without accommodation). [Student participants may apply for partial fee waiver after receiving the invitation letter]. Registration fee, to be paid on arrival at BHU, includes symposium kits, breakfast and lunch. The accompanying person will also have to register. The participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements and arrange for funding from their parent organizations. International participants who need a visa to enter India may contact the Indian Consulate for visa procedures. The invitation letter may be attached with the visa application. Please complete your registration at

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline:		30 April 2012
Notification:					15 May 2012
Full paper submission deadline:	30 June 2012
Symposium dates:				10-12 September 2012

												Organizing Secretary

Gwendolyn Hyslop
Research Fellow, Linguistics
School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia-Pacific, ANU
Acton, ACT 0200, Australia
gwendolyn.hyslop at
+61 2 6125 7644 Bhutan: +975 17762177; USA: +1 608-515-8219

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