Austroasiatic studies

Austroasiatic languages are spoken in a vast area stretching from Vietnam in the East to eastern India in the West, and Northern India in the North to Malaysia and the Nicobar Islands in the South. With Khmer in Cambodia and Vietnamese in Vietnam, two Austroastiatic languages have official status, while Mon and Khmer are among the earliest documented languages of Southeast Asia, with inscriptions going back to the 6th century CE.

In spite of their linguistic and historical importance, the study of Austroasiatic languages is much less advanced than other languages families of the area. An overview volume of the Austroasiatic languages, with a special focus on the non-Munda languages, was edited by Mathias Jenny from the University of Zurich and Paul Sidwell (then at the Australian National University) and published in 2014. More grammars and sketches of Austroasatic and other Southeast Asian languages will be published in the same Brill series ( Proposals for contributions are welcome, please contact the series editors for further information at [email protected].

Pages with historical information (including photographs) on the history of ICAAL and related meeting are found here.

We have compiled a comprehensive list of recommended grammatical category labels and abbreviations for use in the description of Austroasaitic languages.

The main repository for Austroasiatic language data is RWAAI (Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage), hosted by Lund University.

An earlier site documenting ICAAL-related activities is archived at, this is no longer being updated.

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