Call for Proposals

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa invites scholars working on Southeast Asian linguistics to the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS), May 18-20, 2022. SEALS 31 (2022) will be a hybrid conference, held concurrently in-person (on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa) and online. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to indicate by February 15, 2022 whether they will present online or in-person:

  • Online presenters of oral talks will submit pre-recorded video of their 20-minute talk by April 15, 2022, and attend a live (online) 10-minute-long discussion session, during which questions may be asked from online or in-person attendees.
  • In-person presenters of oral talks will deliver a 20-minute talk to the audience in Hawaii, while being live-streamed online (permitting remote participants to watch the talk live). This will be followed by a 10-minute-long discussion period, during which questions may be asked from online or in-person attendees. 
  • Poster presenters may present online or in-person during the May 18-20 conference. 

**Omicron Update** Despite current Omicron concerns, SEALS 2022 will still be held as a hybrid conference. If COVID-19 conditions worsen, SEALS 31 will revert to a fully online conference. That decision will be made before acceptance decisions are announced.

Plenary Speakers:

Kitima Indambarya, Kasetsart University
Peter Jenks, University of California, Berkeley
Aldrin Lee, University of the Philippines – Diliman

Abstracts dealing with any areas related to Southeast Asian Languages will be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• phonetics and phonology
• morphology
• syntax
• semantics
• pragmatics
• discourse analysis     
• genetic and areal relationships
• interactional linguistics
• historical and comparative studies
• sociolinguistic studies
• psycholinguistics
• language acquisition
• neurolinguistics
• language and culture/thought
• language documentation
• language endangerment     
• language revitalization/reclamation


Abstracts should be written in English and submitted in PDF format. Abstracts must conform to the following format requirements:

  • Abstract must have a clear and informative title (preferably centered at top of page, in bold, in sentence case).
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words. No references are required, and figures and examples are permitted only if within the 300-word limit.
  • Abstracts must be fully anonymous: authors’ names, affiliations, or pictures should not be indicated anywhere in the document.

Abstracts must be submitted by January 03, 2022 (Hawaii Standard Time). Special consideration will be given to abstracts accepted to SEALS 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19), but which have not since been presented at any other venue. Those SEALS 2020 abstracts need not be reformatted according to the new length requirements and may be re-submitted in their original form.

Important Dates

  • January 03, 2022: Deadline for Abstract Submission
  • January 31, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
  • February 15 – April 15, 2022: Online Pre-registration
  • April 15, 2022: Submission of Recorded Talk (for remote presenters)
  • April 16 – May 12, 2022: Online Regular Registration
  • May 18-20, 2022: SEALS Conference

Submissions of abstracts for talks and posters will be accepted beginning November 1, 2021 through January 3, 2022 via EasyChair.

We are sorry – the deadline for proposal submissions has passed, and we are no longer accepting abstracts.

SEALS 31 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Center for the Study of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University of Hawai’i seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you require special accommodations, please indicate this at the time that your abstract is accepted for presentation.

If you need assistance regarding SEALS 31 (2022), email us at

Support for this conference is provided in part by the National Science Foundation under grant #1921334. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.