International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics

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The International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics is the principal regular meeting for presenting and discussing research on Austroasiatic languages/linguistics. Here you will find information on ICAAL meetings, ICAAL projects and resources relevant to Austroasiatic linguistics.


The 12th International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (ICAAL 12) will be held in person, hosted by Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 23-25, 2024. The Call for Papers is now being circulated and the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 15. This will be the first in-person ICAAL meeting since ICAAL 8, and we are looking forward to brining Austroasiatic scholars together once again!

Edited Volume in Memory of Gérard Diffloth:
In lieu of a proceedings volume for ICAAL 11, we have resolved to produce an edited volume for the memory of Gérard Diffloth. This will be a hardback paper book published by a mainstream publisher (this is currently being negotiated). There will be several editors but Paul Sidwell will take the initiative in the first place. If you would like to submit a paper for this volume, please let Paul know ASAP ([email protected]). All are invited to contribute, so please consider this an open call and help us to disseminate this call for papers to anyone who might be interested.

The 11th ICAAL Meeting, hosted by Chiang Mai University (Thailand), was held online October 26-27 2023. Please visit our dedicated ICAAL 11 information page for a summary of the conference.

Gérard Diffloth (1939-2023)
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Gérard Diffloth at 7:30am on August 14, 2023 in Surin, Thailand. We mourn the loss of a great mind and departure of a special friend, but share in the celebration of his life.

A tribute video (embedded below) was prepared for presentation at ICAAL 11.

Papers from the 8th International Conference of Austroasiatic Linguistics:
A volume of papers presented at ICAAL 8 (2019) has been published as JSEALS Special Publication No. 11. Special thanks to Hiram Ring and Paul Sidwell for editing this volume and to the JSEALS Editor-in-Chief, Mark Alves, for supporting the publication of these valuable papers.

In the past, the Mon-Khmer Studies Journal (MKSJ) served as the preferred outlet for the publication of articles related to Austroasiatic studies and for papers presented at ICAAL meetings. MSKJ was retired in 2016 after a run of over 50 years, and its role in Austroasiatic publications has now been taken over by the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS). Proceedings from ICAAL 7 have been published as a special issues of JSEALS and a combined proceedings volume for ICAAL 9 and ICAAL 10 is also planned.