32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Rountable



Portuguese involvement in the description of South Asian languages dates back to the late 15th century, when a short Malayalam vocabulary was appended to the logbook of Vasco da Gama’s first voyage to India. The ensuing production of grammars, dictionaries and translations turned Lisbon into one of the first European centres for the diffusion of linguistic knowledge about South Asia and, as a result, some of the earliest grammars of South Asian languages (such as Tamil, Konkani, Sinhala, or Bangla) produced by Europeans are nowadays preserved in Portuguese libraries and archives.

In view of this tradition, the Centre for Linguistics of the University of Lisbon is happy to host the 32nd edition of the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-32) between April 27th and 29th, 2016.

SALA began in 1978 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has since then become established as one of the principal fora for the scholarly discussion of South Asian linguistics. Traditionally, SALA has been receptive to any descriptive, theoretical, or applied linguistic research concerning the languages of South Asia; the 32nd edition is expected to be equally broad-ranging in terms of the topics and languages represented.


Call for papers


Plenary speakers (confirmed so far):

- Anju Saxena (Uppsala University)

- Ian Smith (York University)



- Hugo Cardoso

- Shiv Kumar Singh

- Dimple Rajput

- Ana Krajinović


Scientific Committee:

- Andrew Hardie (Lancaster University)

- Anju Saxena (Uppsala University)

- Elena Bashir (University of Chicago)

- Gail Coelho (University of Delhi)

- Hans Heinrich Hock (University of Illinois)

- Ian Smith (York University)

- KV Subbarao (University of Hyderabad)

- Paul Arsenault (Tyndale University College)

- Peri Bhaskararao (IIIT Hyderabad)

- Tej Bhatia (Syracuse University)

- G. Uma Maheshwar Rao (University of Hyderabad)