The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia

An International Workshop supported by The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and The Australian Research Council


Nearly 600 distinct languages are spoken in greater Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA). They show patterns of both diversity and unity in their origins, cultural contexts, social settings, and linguistic structure, from phonology to morphological profile to person reference systems, and beyond. How do features of language in MSEA relate to patterns of culture and society in the area? While major languages like Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, and Chinese are well-studied, they represent only a fraction of the area’s languages. This workshop will look at the languages of the MSEA area through an anthropological lens, with an emphasis on minority/indigenous languages.


The workshop will be held at The University of Sydney from Monday to Wednesday, 19-21 August 2019.

For more information about the workshop, or to participate in the workshop, please visit the workshop website here.