The 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics

Second Circular

May 20, 2006

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This is the second circular for the 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages & Linguistics, to be held on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Sept. 15-17, 2006.

The conference is hosted by the Department of Asian Languages & Literature. Updated information on the conference, as well as copies of all circulars and other announcements, is available at the ICSTLL-39 web site,

Conference Participation

As of this writing, 92 scholars from around the world have indicated their intent to participate in the conference. The list of participants can be viewed on the web site's Participants page.

We are pleased to announce that two keynote speakers have confirmed their participation. Professor Jerry Norman will speak on "Proto-Min Numerals" and Professor Robbins Burling will speak on "The Lingua Franca cycle and the map of Tibeto-Burman Languages".

If you wish to attend the conference, whether you plan to present a paper or not, please visit the ICSTLL-39 web site and indicate your intent to participate. This step is required before you can register for the conference.

You may also add or remove your name from the conference email list on the Intent to Participate page.

If you have already indicated your intent to particicpate, and would like to change your contact information, revise your paper title, or remove yourself from the participants list, please go to the Update My Information page.


Papers are welcome on all aspects of linguistics in the Sino-Tibetan area. The deadline for abstracts is June 15, 2006.

Before submitting an abstract, be sure to indicate your intent to participate. We cannot process your abstract until you have done so.

Abstract format: Abstracts shall be limited to one page. Abstracts should be in English, or bilingual including English. At the top of the abstract please include the paper title, your name, institution, and email.

Abstract submission: If possible, please send abstracts as email attachments to icstll39 @ Pdf format is preferred. If pdf is not possible, Microsoft Word (.doc) format is acceptable. The file name should include both "icstll" and your last name, for example "icstll39_handel.pdf" or "icstll39_handel.doc". If submission in electronic form is not possible, abstracts may instead be sent by regular mail to

Zev Handel
ICSTLL-39 Organizing Committee
Department of Asian Languages & Literature
Box 353521
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3521

Submitted abstracts will be available for download from the Participants page of the web site. If you do not wish your abstract to be publicly viewable, please say so when you submit it.

Conference Language

The language of conference presentations should be English if possible. If you are unable to present in English, please provide English-language handouts or arrange for interpretation into English.


The deadline for registration is July 15, 2006. We regret that we will be unable to accept late registrations or walk-in registrations. Please plan to register by the deadline.

The registration fee is US $40 (US $15 for students). Payment may be made in one of three ways:

  1. Personal or bank check drawn on a US bank in US dollars
  2. Wire transfer
  3. Major credit card

We prefer payment by check if possible. A small processing fee will be added to credit card payments.

In order to register, please visit the Register page on the web site. Details on making payment are available there. Before you can register, you must indicate your Intent to Participate.

Once payment is received, you can confirm that you are registered by visiting the Particpants page of the web site. Registered participants are marked with an asterisk (*).

Please note that the registration fee does not cover meals. Information on meal costs will be provided in the fourth circular.


We have secured a block of rooms at a reduced price at two hotels near campus, University Inn and the Watertown Inn. Rooms at Watertown Inn are somewhat nicer than at University Inn, but both provide comfortable accommodation. The hotels are about a 15-minute walk from the conference site, and within a 5-minute walk of each other. Details and information on reserving rooms are available on the ICSTLL-39 web site.


The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), located 18 miles south of the University of Washington. Travel time from the airport to the conference hotels is about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions. More details on transportation will be available on the ICSTLL-39 web site.


Some non-US citizens will need a visa to enter the United States to attend the conference. If you are in doubt about whether you will need a visa to enter the US, please carefully consult the US State Department web site and/or check with your local US consulate. Because of current security concerns, wait times for a visa can be weeks or months, so plan to apply early. Information on visas for temporary visitors to the US is available at this US State Department web site. You will also find a link there to a page that provides anticipated wait times for visas.

When you indicate your intent to participate in ICSTLL-39, you will be able to request an official letter inviting you to the conference, which you can submit with your visa application.


The conference banquet will be held Saturday evening, Sept. 16, 2006. There will be a separate charge for attending the banquet. We also plan to provide dinners on other nights of the conference for a small fee. Conference participants will be responsible for their own lunches. Breakfast is available at the conference hotels, and light refreshments will be served at conference sessions.

Further details on meals will be included in the fourth circular.

Email List

If you received this circular directly from icstll39 @, then you are already on the conference email list. Please circulate this announcement to colleagues. If you did not receive this email directly from icstll39 @, then you may sign up to receive future email announcements on the intent to participate page of the ICSTLL-39 web site.


We hope to see many of you in Seattle! If you have any questions about the conference, or suggestions for workshops, panels, or other activities, please contact Prof. Zev Handel at icstll39 @

For the ICSTLL-39 Organizing Committee,
Zev Handel

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Host: Department of Asian Languages & Literature
Principal Organizer: Zev Handel
Sponsors: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, China Studies Program, Department of Asian Languages & Literature, Department of Linguistics, The Graduate School Fund for Excellence & Innovation, Office of the Dean of Humanities, East Asia Center, Southeast Asia Center, South Asia Center