The 25th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) will be held on the Mae Khao campus of Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand from May 27-29, 2015. The SEALS conference focuses on the languages and linguistics of Southeast Asia, including the Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai language families and provides an occasion for scholars to share their research.
Payap University, established in 1974, is a private institution founded by the Church of Christ in Thailand. Located just east of the city ring road, the Mae Khao campus is the largest campus of Payap University, with 120 acres housing classrooms, administrative offices, and laboratories. The Luce Chapel, Center for Arts and Culture, the Research and Development Institute, and the University Central Library are located here, as well as the faculties of Humanities, Social Science, Business Administration, Science, Law, Accountancy, Finance and Banking, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School. The University Archives, the Christian Communication Institute (CCI), the Linguistics Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Peace are also located on the Mae Khao campus.
The city of Chiang Mai, capital of Chiang Mai province, is the largest city in Northern Thailand. In the hilly North-West of Thailand, home to many languages of different language families, the regional language is the Tai variety Kammueang or Lanna. Northern Thai cuisine, too, differs from the commonly known famous Thai food. The Northern Thai cultural heritage and the scenic surroundings offer various sightseeing opportunities, from serene butterfly and orchid farms to elephant riding, rafting, and zipline adventures.
Chair: Marjorie Dotie, Linguistics Institute Director;
Consultant: Dr. Tidti Tidtichumrernporn, Assistant to Vice President for Academic Affairs
Consultant: Assistant Professor Anake Chitkesorn, Director, Office of Research
Consultant: Yanisa Chanseng, Director, Office of Organization Communications
Arthur D. Cooper, Graduate Linguistics Department Head
Elizabeth Hall, Linguistics Institute
Dr. Sigrid Lew, Graduate Linguistics Department
Phawinee Pinthong, Linguistics Institute Administrative Assistant
Dr. James Gruber, Visiting scholar, New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Cambell Prince, Linguistics Institute Computing Unit
Yiwa Sriphongyai, Graduate Linguistics Department secretary
Wipawee Chuamsakul, Linguistics Institute secretary
Jenjira Puapunsuwan, Linguistics Institute secretary
Payap University Linguistics Department
Map of Payap University, Mae Khao campus