ICAAL 8 (2019): Chiang Mai


Various powerpoint presentations and handouts from the meeting are archived here:

Below is the last version of the meeting website before the meeting was held.


We are pleased to announce that the 8th International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (ICAAL8) will be held in Chiang Mai (Thailand) August 29-31, 2019, hosted by The Myanmar Center at the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University.

Scope: This biennial conference brings together scholars working on all aspects of AA languages and linguistics. It is open to presentations covering diverse topics, including but not restricted to:

  • syntax, phonology, morphology, lexicon, contact, language use, classification, historical linguistics and reconstruction, endangerment and documentation.

Continuing the practice of recent ICAAL workshops and meetings, we welcome contributions from outside of AA studies that bring relevant areal and historical perspectives.


The academic program has now been set: 34 papers are scheduled to be delivered over 3 days in a single common session. Speakers are allocated 30 minute slots plus 5 minutes for changeover. Last minute changes to the schedule may occur, these will be announced at the meeting.

The program and abstracts booklet is available here.

The progam includes 2 themed workshops:

  • AA comparative Clause Structure: Building on the recent surge of interest in AA historical syntax, we look forward to presentations that contribute to the theme of clause structure and related morpho-syntactic talks. This includes the encoding of grammatical relations, dependencies, constituency, as well as word order related topics. Talks that put AA patterns in an areal perspective are welcome in this workshop.
  • Diachrony of Register & Tone: Crucial evidence underpinning current theories of registrogenesis and tonogenesis was gleaned from the comparative study of Austroasiatic languages in the 20th century. This workshop will identify and discuss outstanding issues in the diachrony of register and tone both in Austroasiatic and in Southeast Asia more broadly.


Paul Sidwell, Mathias Jenny, Ampika Rattanapitak, Mark Alves

All inquiries should be sent to <[email protected]>


Early rate (payable online by July 31):

USD100/THB3,200 standard rate and USD80/THB2500 student rate

On site rate (payable by cash on arrival):

USD110/THB3,500 standard rate and USD90/THB2800 student rate

Registration includes lunches and refreshments during the meeting, and conference dinner on one night (excluding drinks).

Participants will be asked to pre-register and pay by PayPal to <[email protected]>. If you require to pay in cash on arrival please contact the organisers to arrange this.


The ICAAL meeting 2019 will be held at the Green Nimman CMU Residence@uniserv (239 Nimmanahaeminda Road, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai), well within walking distance of numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs in Chiang Mai. Coffee breaks and lunch will be served at the venue.

Rooms are available at a special conference rate of only THB800 per night (including breakfast) at the Green Nimman, please let the organisers know if you wish to reserve one of these rooms (payments to made directly at the venue). Rooms/facilities at Green Nimman are of intermediate standard, there are also many other hotels/guesthouses in the area in a broad range of prices/standards if you are looking for higher/lower options.