A brief history of SALA (by Hans Henrich Hock with help from Alice Davison)

The foundation for SALA, the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, was laid during the 1978 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The LSA that year held a “Conference on South Asian Languages and Linguistics”, organized by Hans Henrich Hock and Braj B. Kachru, with support from Yamuna Kachru and Rajeshwari Pandharipande. The Conference attracted many of the top South Asian linguists from both North America and South Asia, and the response was so positive that it was decided to offer similar meetings in the future. There was to be a series of “International Conferences on South Asia” and a series of meetings with more limited, North American scope, and thus SALA was born. Unfortunately, the tradition of international conferences was short-lived and ended after the third Conference, held 1982 in Mysore. As a consequence, there was an increasing tendency to broaden the scope of SALA beyond North America, with meetings in India (1997, 2005), the United Kingdom (1998), Germany (2001), and many other venues since then. (See the list of SALAs at the end of this page.)

From the beginning, SALA Roundtables were organized on an ad-hoc basis, without a formal organization behind them. The advantage has been that, even though the University of Illinois hosted the first three Roundtables, this was not interpreted as establishing a monopoly; and soon other institutions followed suit in hosting the Roundtables. The disadvantage is that there are no formal membership lists that can be drawn on for calls for papers, and there is no mechanism by which future host institutions can be easily identified. Nevertheless, through informal exchange of mailing lists and through a sufficiently large number of institutions volunteering to host SALA meeting, there has been an amazing and truly impressive succession of yearly meetings — only a few years (1996, 2000, 2007, 2012, and 2013) were without SALAs.

The first three meetings, held at the University of Illinois were organized by the same members of the UIUC Linguistics Department as the original Conference on South Asian Languages and Linguistics, with Hans Henrich Hock chairing the planning committee in 1979 and Yamuna Kachru in 1980 and 1981. After 1981, SALA began to be rotate between different universities, organized by local committees with support from national and international committees.

  1. 2019    INALCO, Paris
  2. 2018   University of Konstanz, Germany
  3. 2017   Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
  4. 2016   University of Lisbon, Portugal
  5. 2015   University of Lancaster, UK
  6. 2014   University of Hyderabad, India
  7. 2011   Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India
  8. 2009   Northern Texas University, Denton
  9. 2008   South Asia Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin
  10. 2006   Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India
  11. 2005   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  12. 2004   SUNY, Stony Brook,
  13. 2003   University of Texas, Austin
  14. 2002   University of Iowa, Iowa City
  15. 2001   University of Konstanz, Germany
  16. 1999   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  17. 1998   York University, UK
  18. 1997   Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  19. 1995   University of Texas, Austin
  20. 1994   University of Pennsylvania
  21. 1993   University of Iowa, Iowa City
  22. 1992   Stanford University
  23. 1991   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  24. 1990   University of California, Berkeley
  25. 1989   University of Wisconsin, Madison
  26. 1988   University of Washington, Seattle
  27. 1987   Cornell and Syracuse Universities
  28. 1986   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  29. 1985   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  30. 1984   University of Texas, Austin
  31. 1983   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  32. 1982   Syracuse University, Syracuse
  33. 1981   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  34. 1980   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  35. 1979   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The 36th South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-36) will be held at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Invited Speakers:

  1. Rajesh Bhatt
  2. Vnetta Dayal
  3. John Peterson
  4. Tanmoy Bhattacharya
  5. Ayesha Kidwai
  6. Dr. Seng hung Lee
  7. Hans Henrick Hock

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for 30 minutes (20+10) talks and posters, as per the following details:

Submissions (Talks and Posters):

The main conference sessions will involve 30-minute talks (20 min. + 10 min. discussion), and poster presentations. Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research. Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.

Submission Specifications:

We invite abstracts for individual presentations, posters as well as workshop proposals. We welcome submissions concerning research on South Asian languages pertaining to one or more of the following topics, but not limited to:

Phonetics and Phonology

Morphology and Syntax
Semantics and Pragmatics
Comparative and typological studies
Cognitive and psycholinguistic studies
Language contact
Historical linguistics and language change
Translation studies
Computational linguistics
Corpus and quantitative linguistic studies
Language endangerment, preservation and documentation
Language learning, acquisition, and teaching
Language policies and planning


All abstracts should be submitted in word and PDF format not exceeding 500 words. Abstracts should be no more than one page of text, with an additional page for figures, examples, and references. The abstract should be in 12 pt. with 2 inches’ margin on all 4 sides and include a title. Omit author name(s) and affiliation(s) (including in PDF document properties), and avoid obvious self-reference. The language of the conference is English and all abstracts must be written in English.


Abstract submission deadline : Jan. 15 2020, 23:59 GMT
Abstract submission deadline: January 15,2020
Notification of acceptance: March  30 ,2020
Conference: July. 8-10, 2020


Abstracts should be submitted  through easy chair i.e. https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sala36. If you have any problem you can contact to:

Dubi Nanda Dhakal (dndhakal@gmail.com)

Bhim Lal Gautam (gautambhim@rocketmail.com)


Organizing committee:

Professor Dubi Nanda Dhakal, CDL TU – Chair

Professor Dan raj Regmi, CDL TU

Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharya DU, India

Dr. Samar Sinha, SU, India

Bhim Lal Gautam- CDL TU – Secretary


International Advisory Committee

Professor Hans Henrich Hock

Professor K. A. Jayaseelan

Professor Yogendra Prasad Yadava

Professor Udaya Narayan Singh

Professor KV Subbarao

Professor Rama Kant Agnihotri

Professor Yasawanta Ch. Singh

Professor Sarmad Hussain

Professor Tarique Rahaman

Professor Isao Honda

Professor John Peterson

Professor Mirium Butt

Professor George van driem

Professor David Bradley

Professor Scott DeLancey

Professor Annie Montaut

Professor Paul Kiparsky

Professor Anju Saksena

Professor Anvita Abbi

Professor Balthasar Bickel

Professor Elena Bashir

Professor Carol Genetti

Professor Anoop Mahajan

Professor Rajesh Bhatt

Professor Aditi Lahiri

Professor Joseph Bayers

Professor Madhav P Pokharel

Professor C M Bandhu

Professor Kristine Hilberdrant

Dr Anetta Kopecka

Professor Tej Ratna Kansakar


You can register for SALA-36 online i.e. through bank draft, or registration fee can be paid on the spot. The workshops, lunches and confernce dinner are included in the registration fee. Registration also includes bag, notecopy, pen,3 lunches, tea during the conference and a cocktail dinner.

The breakdown of registration fee is given below:

  1. Foreign Participants
Registration Regular Student*
Early Bird (until May 2, 2020) 100 80
Normal (May 3 onwards, 2020 ) 120 100
  1. South Asian Participations 
Registration Regular Student*
Early Bird (until May 2, 2020) NRs 6000 NRs 5000
Normal (May 3 onwards, 2020 ) NRs 7000 NRs 6000


C Nepalese Participants

Registration Regular Student*
Early Bird (until May 2, 2020) NRs 3500 NRs 3000
Normal (May 3 onwards, 2020 ) NRs 4000 NRs 3500


* The students have to produce valid identity card at the time of registration.

SALA 36 National Organizing Committee

Professor Dubi Nanda Dhakal – Chair

Professor Dan Raj Regmi

Bhim Lal Gautam-Secretary


SALA 36 Scientific Committee

Professor Dubi Nanda Dhakal – Chair

Professor Dan Raj Regmi

Professor John Peterson, Keil, Germany

Professor Yogendra P Yadava, Nepal Academy, Nepal

Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Universiy of Delhi, India

Dr. Samar Sinha, Sikkim University, India

Professor Anju Saxena, Uppsala, Sweden

Bhim Lal Gautam-Secretary