SEALS 2023

May 16-18, 2023
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society  (SEALS 2023)

The meeting will be done in hybrid format with  two days on-site and one day with live online presentations.

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SEALS 2023

32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 
May 16-18, 2023 
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand



CMU has successfully hosted several international conferences (including hybrid) in the past and is well prepared in terms of human and technical resources.

Chiang Mai is easy to reach by direct international and domestic flights, and good accommodation (and food) is available at affordable prices.

The weather in May is nice in Chiang Mai with a mixture of rain and sunshine.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission is from November 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023.
  • Notification of acceptance will be given by February 28, 2023
  • Registration will start from March 1st 2023.

Forms of payment

Acceptable forms of payment include bank transfer and Paypal.

registration is now open. 

Bank transfer

Bank account name : การประชุมวิชาการนานาชาติ SEALS32  (The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society)

Acc.#  (account number): 667-451051-4

Account type : savings

Swift code : SICOTHBK

Bank name : The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Ltd.


Bank address : 239, Huay Kaew Road, Muang District Chiang Mai Thailand, 50200

Tel : (+66)53-220-313


* Please select USD when making payment. *  

Our Team

The local organizing committee consists of

Teeranoot Siriwittayakorn

Associate Dean for Research and Academic Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, CMU

Ampika Rattanapitak

Head of the Myanmar Center, CMU

Mathias Jenny

Senior researcher, Faculty of Humanities, CMU

Paul Sidwell

University of Sydney


Gathering where language families meet


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SEALS32:Gathering where language families meet

    SEALS 32 will be hosted by the Chiang Mai University, Thailand, in 2023. Chiang Mai is the largest and one of the most historic cities of northern Thailand; it is physically beautiful, convenient to visit, and located in the heart of the Mainland Southeast Asian Language Area. In and around Chiang Mai live speakers of Kra-Tai, Austroasiatic, Tibeto-Burman and Hmong-Mien languages. Northern Thailand, also known as Lan Na (the “million rice fields”), has welcomed and cultivated scores of language communities on its fertile plains and mountain sides. In the same spirit, SEALS welcomes scholars and students studying and researching the language families of SEAsia (including Austronesian) to gather, present their work, discuss, and compare notes. SEALS invites presentations that deal with general and applied linguistic issues (as opposed to narrowly cultural or anthropological topics), descriptive, topological and/or theoretical, and especially those which will engender lively debate. Within this diversity of opportunity, we also look forward to presentations that will discuss the prolonged and often intense language contact that is such a feature of Southeast Asia, and the consequent areality and convergence phenomenon that are so remarkably representative of the region.Crucial to any discussion of SEAsian languages are also the peripheral regions, with their typologically diverse interactions, scattered across the insular, peninsular, and well as continental inland zones. SEALS23 encourages participants from all across the region, and beyond, to gather together on site in Chiang Mai. And for anyone who cannot travel, there will be opportunity for remote participation, so that as many colleagues can truly gather where the language families meet. 

Shuttle service to conference venue

Shuttle service (red car) is available free of charge for conference attendees on Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18, 2023.   

Morning shuttle service to conference venue

Shuttle service (red car) will transport SEALS32 attendees from designated pickup locations near Nimmanhaemin and MAYA shopping center to the conference venue, Faculty of Humanities, CMU.

Pickup locations Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Lotus Express, Nimmanhaemin 8:00 8:15 8:30
Next to Eastin Hotel 8:10 8:25 8:40

Traveling to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558.

Sunday Evening Market

At 4 p.m. every Sunday, Tha Phae Road transforms into a busy but charming night market.  Hundreds of stalls offer street food, souvenirs, textiles, paintings, handicrafts, and hill tribe products. It is surely a perfect venue where tourists and locals can practice bargaining for any purchases and appreciate live musical perfo​rmances or special local events. Tourists can take a break and refresh themselves with fruit juice and foot massage.  

Phra Singha Temple

Located on Sam Lan Road—not far from Tha Phae Gate—Phra Singha Temple enshrines the sacred, iconic Buddha image namely Phra Buddha Sihing in Vihara Lai Kham which features delicate and colorful murals dating back to the 1820s. This Buddha image has become a highlight for a religious celebration during the Songkran festival. The temple is a well-known destination where tourists can appreciate the exquisite Lanna monastic architecture.

Doi Pui and Hmong Village

Doi Pui is home to Hmong hilltribe villagers. Tourists can experience Hmong hilltribe life styles and enjoy a leisure walk. Be prepared to smell the aroma of noodles in the market. Shoppers would enjoy handmade bags and other souvenirs in the market. Their community’s garden displays flowers, pine trees, and a small waterfall. Sipping a cup of Hmong coffee while looking at the view of mountains can make your day. Doi Pui Hmong Village is 6 kilometers away from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.  

Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, Phra That Doi Suthep Temple is the symbol of Chiang Mai. The seven-headed serpent staircases lead tourists to the Chiang Saen style golden pagoda which enshrines the Buddha’s relics and depicts Lanna architecture. As the temple is situated at 1,046 meters above sea level, breathing fresh air and looking at the city from the top are highly recommended.  

Wat Pha Lat Trail

It takes about an hour to finish this two-kilometer nature trail. Along the trail, hikers may see vines, tree tunnels, small creaks and some birds. The trailhead starts from west of Chiang Mai University, near Chiang Mai zoo, and ends at Wat Pha Lat, a serene and gorgeous temple where water falls onto boulders. The hiking trail continues all the way to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple.

Huay Kaew and Wang Bua Ban Waterfalls

Located at the foot of Doi Suthep, next to Chiang Mai zoo, Huey Kaew Waterfall is the closest fall to the city. Water flows through this 10-meter high waterfall all year round. This is a popular place for local people to relax in a beautiful landscape. Travelling up for four kilometers, on the left side of the road, there is the second waterfall called Wang Bua Ban Waterfall. The city can be viewed at Pha Ngoep Cliff, next to the fall.


A list of suggested hotels around CMU campus

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Suggested Hotels near CMU

There are 3 main areas around Chiang Mai University: on Huaykaew Rd, Suthep Rd., and Nimmahemin Rd.

Ang Kaew Villa 

Location: CMU campus
Distance from CMU:  0 m. 
(10 minutes walk to Faculty of Humanities)
Price:  900-1,200 THB/ night

Ang Kaew Villa 

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@ Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University

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