MTBL VI and Tibetan evidentials at SEALS24

Nathan Hill nathanwhill at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 18 15:04:26 UTC 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the abstracts for two panels I will be organizing /
co-organizing at the 24th SEALS in Rangoon, May 2014. Please send any
notification of interest in either of these panels to me, any general
inquiries can be sent to Justin.

*Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages VI*
Following in a series of similarly named events, this panel/workshop
is a forum to foster collaboration among scholars who research the
languages and literature of Tibeto-Burman groups with a pre-modern
tradition of writing including (but not limited to) Burmese, Tibetan,
Pyu, Bailang, Old Chinese, Meithei, Newar, and Yi. Presentations from
all relevant perspectives, such as descriptive linguistics, historical
linguistics, philology, paleography, epigraphy, codicology, and
stemmatics are all encouraged.

*Evidential systems in Tibetan languages (co-organized with Lauren Gawne)*
The evidential systems of Tibetan languages, in particular Lhasa
dialect, have played an important role in the typological discussion
of evidential systems generally. However, this typological literature
is often disconnected from the results of detailed documentation of
the relevant phenomena in the dialectological literature; that much of
this literature is written in German and Japanese has served as one
obstacle. This panel/workshop solicits descriptive presentations on
Tibetan evidential systems across time and space as well as
presentations that reexamine what Tibetan can offer for the
typological study of evidential systems. It is intended to publish
proceedings as a book on Tibetan evidential systems.

*SEALS24 - Yangon, May 2014*

*Announcement and call for Papers*

Scholars working on the linguistics of Southeast Asia are cordially invited
to participate in the 24th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian
Linguistics Society (SEALS24) to be held at the Myanmar Language Department
of the University of Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar/Burma and organised jointly
with SOAS, University of London.

SEALS24 will be held between 27-31 May 2014 at the Department of Myanmar
Language in the University of Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar/Burma.

The meeting will be a forum in which to present research findings and air
current thinking on any aspect of languages and linguistics in Southeast
Asia.  As SEALS is being held in Burma/Myanmar for the first time, we hope
especially to focus on languages and linguistics in Burma/Myanmar.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline: 15 Jan 2014
Notification of acceptance: 28 Feb 2014

You are invited to submit an abstract on any branch of linguistics in a
Southeast Asian context, including but not limited to the following:

• Phonetics and phonology
• Grammatical system
• Genetic and areal relationships
• Historical and comparative studies
• Semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis
• Sociolinguistics
• Psycholinguistics, neuro-linguistics, and linguistic cognition
• Language documentation, endangered languages and linguistic diversity

Abstracts of no more than 500 words plus examples and references should be
submitted via the Easychair website ( If special fonts or
characters are required, please use Unicode.  (For Burmese this means
Padauk or Myanmar3 fonts; you can convert from Zawgyi online).  Conference
slots will be 20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes discussion.

Offers of financial support and logistical assistance

Organising the conference jointly between London and Yangon presents a
unique set of logistical challenges.  Please contact the organisers if you
are in a position to assist financially (for example to sponsor
participants from SEAsia) or by offering to help with arrangements in
Yangon, or in any other way.

Special panels

Proposals for special panels on any topic, in particular relating to the
languages or linguistics of Myanmar, are especially welcome.  Please send
an expression of interest followed by a brief description of your panel and
a preliminary list of speakers to seals24yangon at as soon as you
are able.

Conference website; travel, accommodation, visas

A conference website with further information will be announced in due
Please note: information about visa applications for the conference, travel
to and accommodation in Yangon is not expected to be available until early

Conference organisers

Dr Justin Watkins (SOAS, University of London)
Prof Aung Myint Oo (Department of Myanmar Language, University of Yangon)
Inquiries to seals24yangon at
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