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logoWelcome to SEAsian Mainland Languages E-Series (SEAMLES),
a new open access series launched in 2012.

SEAMLES is aimed at scholarly works on the languages of Mainland SEAsia that are within the range of 50~200 pages, those which may be too big for a journal but not long enough for a regular monograph. The intention is to provide an effective publication strategy for Masters dissertations, data and text collections, celebratory volumes and unconventional works, to be published electronically (and as print-on-demand volumes when this option is requested).


Our scope includes all language families of the SEAsian Mainland, and areas extending into China and South Asia where members of those families are spoken.

In terms of content, SEAMLES is open to scholarly writings whose nature or size would not make them compatible with the new Pacific Linguistics monograph series published by De Gruyter Mouton. Our SEAMLES series will typically include:

  • sketch grammars
  • lexicons and dictionaries
  • text collections
  • multi-authored collections of papers
  • monographs focused on a particular topic
  • facsimile editions of significant manuscripts
  • other projects as may be proposed and accepted

Writers wishing to publish their grammars as open access volumes are welcome to submit their work to our series.

Submission is open to all, and will be assessed, both internally and externally, based on scholarly quality. All volumes will be available freely as PDF files under Creative Commons licenses, and provided with ISBN and full referencing. The standards for peer-reviewing will be the same as for printed publications to ensure ongoing high academic standards.

Editorial board

The Editorial Board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the series including the maintenance of academic standards, and reports to the Asia-Pacific Linguistics Managing Editor. The Board includes linguists specialising in various areas and families of Mainland Southeast Asia:

  • Paul Sidwell (Australian National University) Managing Editor
  • Mathias Jenny (University of Zurich)
  • Stephen Morey (La Trobe University)
  • Pittayawat (Joe) Pittayaporn (Chulalongkorn University)
  • Mark Alves (Montgomery College)
  • Gwendolyn Hyslop (Australian National University)

Instructions for authors

Authors are encouraged to make first contact with the Managing Editor to submit a formal proposal, in order to check its suitability. Submitted manuscripts should be written in English, initially produced with minimal formatting. Authors will be provided with stylesheets / templates once manuscripts have been approved so that they can provide camera-ready copy for final production.

Authors, including editors of multi-authored volumes, are invited to submit manuscripts to the series, by writing to the Managing Editor Paul Sidwell <>. Manuscripts should comply with the general scope of the series, both in terms of geographical coverage and of contents.

Access to SEAMLES issues

Contrary to e-journals, SEAMLES does not entail any commitment to regular issues: its publications will follow the rate of accepted manuscripts. Issues will be available online at no cost from the present page, and from the Asia-Pacific Linguistics: Open Access homepage; they will take the form of downloadable PDF files. Print on demand, at a cost (printing + shipping), will be available for each volume of this series subject to reasonable demand. Copyright will be retained by authors, and materials will be released under Creative Commons (Attribution) licenses.

SEAMLES Monographs now available:

Amos B. Teo A phonological and phonetic description of Sumi, a Tibeto-Burman language of Nagaland

Kieu-Phuong Ha Prosody in Vietnamese: Intonational Form and Function of Short Utterances in Conversation

Pandora Mak Golden Palaung: A grammatical description

H. L. Shorto Palaung Word List

H. L. Shorto Riang-Lang Vocabulary: compiled from the materials collected by G. H. Luce

H. L. Shorto Wa-Praok Vocabulary

Phuc Thien Le Variation in linguistic politeness in Vietnamese: A study of transnational context