Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

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This journal is an open-access and peer reviewed online-only journal.

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The Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society accepts submissions written in English that deal with general linguistic issues which further the lively debate that characterizes the annual SEALS conferences. Devoted to a region of extraordinary linguistic diversity, the journal features papers on the languages of Southeast Asia, including Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman, and Tai-Kadai.

Topics may include descriptive, theoretical, or historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and anthropological linguistics, among other areas of linguistics of languages of Southeast Asia. JSEALS also admits data papers, reports, and notes, subject to an internal review process.

Although we normally expect that JSEALS articles will have been presented and discussed at the SEALS conference, submission is open to all, regardless of participation in SEALS meetings. Each original article undergoes double-blind review by at least two scholars, usually a member of the Advisory Board and one or more independent referees.

Sponsor: Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

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JSEALS publishes fully open access content, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Non-commercial use and distribution in any medium is permitted, provided the author and the journal are properly credited. Authors retain copyright of their material. The journal does not charge Article Processing Fees.

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  • Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief

    Mark Alves (Montgomery College, USA) Vietnamese linguistics, Austroasiatic languages, Chinese linguistics, Southeast Asian Historical Linguistics and Language

    Managing Editors

    Mathias Jenny (Chiang Mai Univeristy, Thailand) – Languages of Myanmar and Thailand, Austroasiatic languages, Language contact, Language change, Historical syntax, Language and ethnicity, Language endangerment

    Sigrid Lew (Dallas International University, USA) Austroasiatic and Tibeto-Burman phonetics and phonology, Latin-based and Brahmi-based orthography development

    Paul Sidwell (Australia National University, Australia) Austroasiatic languages, Historical linguistics, Phonology, Phonetics

    Kenneth Van Bik (California State University, USA) – Kuki-Chin Linguistics, Comparative-Historical Linguistics, and Endangered Languages


    Edith ALDRIDGE (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) – Syntax (especially case, voice, word order, alignment), syntactic change & reconstruction, Austronesian, Chinese

    Nathan BADENOCH (Villanova University, USA) – Astroasiatic linguistics, Tibeto-Burman linguistics, linguistic anthropology, ideophones/expressives

    Luke BRADLEY (University of Freiburg, Germany) – Psycholinguistics, Orthography, Sound change, Morphology, Vietnamese

    Marc BRUNELLE (University of Ottawa, Canada) – Phonetics and phonology, Tone and voice quality, Language contact, Vietnamese and Chamic languages

    Christopher BUTTON (Independent researcher) – Old Chinese, Old Burmese, Kuki-Chin, Proto-Sino-Tibetan / Proto-Tibeto-Burman, Comparative/Historical Phonology, Morphology & Semantics, Palaeography (Oracle Bone Inscriptions)

    Kamil DEEN (University of Hawaii, USA) – Thai syntax, First language acquisition

    Gerard DIFFLOTH (Cambodia) – Historical Austroasiatic linguistics, Ethno-zoology, Ethno-botany, Expressives

    Rikker DOCKUM (Yale University, USA) – Kra-Dai languages, Historical linguistics, Tone systems, Quantitative comparative linguistics, Thai epigraphy, Language documentation

    David M. EBERHARD (Ethnologue general editor, SIL International) – Language Shift, Language Development

    Ryan GEHRMANN (Payap University) – Historical phonology, Tone and voice quality, Austroasiatic languages

    Nathan HILL (Trinity College Dublin, UK) Tibeto-Burman and Historical linguistics

    San San HNIN TUN (INCALCO, France) – Burmese language, Discourse marking, Corpus linguistics

    Kitima INDRAMBARYA (Kasetsart University, Thailand) – Thai linguistics, Thai Syntax, Language acquisition

    Peter JENKS (UC Berkeley, USA) – Thai linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, Kra-Dai languages

    Daniel KAUFMAN (Queens College, City University of New York & Endangered Language Alliance, USA) – Austronesian languages, Historical linguistics, Typology, Syntax, Morphology

    James KIRBY (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany) – Phonetics and phonology, Sound change, Evolution of voicing, Tone and register, Language and music, Khmer, Vietnamese, Tai languages

    Hsiu-chuan LIAO (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan) – Austronesian linguistics, Historical linguistics, Syntax, Morphology, Language documentation

    Bradley MCDONNELL (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA) – Austronesian languages, Phonology, Syntax, Language documentation

    Alexis MICHAUD (CNRS (Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France) – Tibeto-Burman languages, Phonetics/phonology, Prosody, Language documentation

    Marc MIYAKE (The British Museum) – Historical phonology, Writing systems, Language contact, Chinese and Indic influence on Southeast Asian languages, Pyu

    David MORTENSEN (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) – Hmong-Mien Languages, Phonology, OT, and Computational linguistics

    Tuong Hung NGUYEN (SUNY Broome Community College, USA) – Vietnamese linguistics, Syntax

    Peter NORQUEST (University of Arizona, USA) – Languages of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Kra-Dai and Austronesian languages, Historical phonology, Long-range relationships, Language contact

    Teresa Wai See ONG (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) – language maintenance and language shift, language planning and policy, linguistic landscape, multilingualism 

    Christina Joy PAGE (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada) – Literacy development, Latin- and Brahmi-based orthographies

    John D. PHAN (Columbia University, USA) – Sino-Vietnamese linguistics, Austroasiatic linguistics, historical phonology, language contact

    Pittayawat PITTAYAPORN (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) – Thai linguistics, Kra-Dai languages, Historical linguistics, Phonology, Language contact

    Amara PRASITHRATHSINT (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) – Syntax, Syntactic change, Language contact, Sociolinguistics, Ethnolinguistics, Translation

    Alexander D. SMITH (University of North Texas) – Austronesian Comparative Linguistics, Island Southeast Asia, Historical linguistics, Phonology, Field work

    Seth VITRANO-WILSON (Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand) – Orthography, Writing Systems

    Alice VITTRANT (Aix-Marseille Université / CNRS-DDL, France) – Languages of Burma, Burmese dialects, Hmong, Endangered languages, Typology, Syntax, TAM, Classifiers, Motion and space, Deixis

    Heather WINSKEL (Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia) – Psycholinguistics, Reading Research

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  • Pricing Guide
  • This journal is an open-access and peer reviewed online-only journal. Read online here.

  • Author Guidelines
  • Submissions to JSEALS may be made at any time of year.  Papers will go into the queue for review and will be published in the first scheduled issue after being formally accepted.

    Find Submission Guidelines for the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society here.

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society are indexed in the following sources:

    Linguistic Bibliography (Online)

    DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals

    Communication Source, 12/1/2011-
    TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 12/1/2011-

    Elsevier BV–
    Scopus, 2014-

    Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Online), Core
    Linguistics Collection, 1/1/2016-
    Social Science Premium Collection, 1/1/2016-

    Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.–
    Linguistics Abstracts (Online)