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The Austronesian languages are a family of languages widely dispersed throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, with a few members spoken on continental Asia. Malagasy is a geographic outlier, which is spoken on Madagascar. Austronesian has ten primary subgroups, nine of them found in Taiwan (the Formosan languages) and one ancestral to all other members of the family (Malayo-Polynesian languages). Austronesian is one of the largest language families in the world, both in terms of number of languages (1244 according to Ethnologue) and in terms of the geographical extent of the homelands of its languages (from Madagascar to Easter Island). The name Austronesian comes from Latin auster “south wind” plus Ancient Greek νῆσος nêsos “island”.

ICAL is held periodically every 2-3 years, and gathers scholars who work on all aspects of Austronesian languages, from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives.



ICAL is coming to the Philippines for the second time and to Manila for the first timeIn 2024, ICAL will be celebrating 50 years of successfully holding conferences (1974-2024).

Following the success of past ICAL conferences, 16-ICAL aims to bring together scholars and experts in Austronesian linguistics to continue the conversations and discussions in the field.



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January 2-7, 1974

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Parliament House


January 4-12, 1978

Canberra, Australia

Image by Jeremy Bishop


January 19-24, 1981

Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Image by Zunnoon Ahmed


August 13-18, 1984

Suva, Fiji 

Image by Raquel Moss


January 11-16, 1988

Auckland, New Zealand


The Department of English and Applied Linguistics (DEAL) under the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED) primarily houses the English and applied linguistics programs and research pursuits of De La Salle University. DEAL leads in providing outstanding language education, research and support programs in the country and will emerge as a model of academic achievement, research excellence and genuine social commitment in the Asia-Pacific region by utilizing the best teaching practices and the latest thrusts and trends in language education.

Through a dynamic teaching and learning environment, the Department fosters the holistic development of both teachers and learners by engaging them in socially-oriented activities such as community exposure and outreach programs in private and public institutions as well as establishing linkages and partnerships with government, educational, and other sectors of society that create opportunities for scholarly, relevant, and meaningful sharing and application of knowledge and skills.

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The UP Department of Linguistics, established on 28 August 1922, is the premier academic institution that specializes in Philippine Linguistics. The Department is distinctly focused on the scientific study, preservation, and promotion of Philippine languages and dialects through teaching, archiving, research, and publication. It is also mandated to use its research expertise to address language issues in the country.

Home to the oldest linguistics program in the Philippines, it is the only department in the country that houses degree programs at the BA, MA, and PhD levels.


The Department conducts research and provides instruction on a wide range of theoretical, data-driven, and interdisciplinary research. The descriptive and comparative studies conducted by the Department on various Philippine languages and dialects aim to assess the status of these languages and trace their history and development. The research outputs of its faculty, researchers, and students are disseminated through various platforms, including The Archive journal and the occasional Philippine Linguistics Congress.

Aside from Philippine Linguistics, the Department is also recognized as an expert in the teaching of the national languages of Asia. It is designated as a Center of Excellence in Foreign Languages by the country’s Commission on Higher Education. It currently offers a roster of courses in Asian languages, such as Bahasa Indonesia/Malaysia, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Thai.

The Department also has a University-instituted extension program that offers various public services for Filipinos interested in learning more about Philippine linguistics (through the Summer Seminars in Linguistics) and Asian languages (through the Asian Language Extramural Classes). It also provides consultative services to the academe, the government, and the industry.

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