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Full Title: 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

Short Title: NACCL-29
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Start Date: 16-Jun-2017 - 18-Jun-2017
Contact: Richard Simmons
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Meeting Description: The 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-29) will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 16-18, 2017.

The theme of the conference: Perspectives on the History, Geography, and Sociolinguistics of Chinese and Chinese Dialects

The many varieties of Chinese have always existed in a state of dynamic variation and change. Their various grammatical features and states, including phonology, lexicon, morphology, and syntax, have followed the natural tendency of languages to change. The changes have been influenced and shaped by historical events, population movements, geographical proximity and distance, and any number of social and cultural forces. The dialect of an individual speaker results from the interplay of these various influences and forces and often continues to respond to them as well as broadcast its own influence within a speech community and across time into the future. As such, a linguistic description is merely a snapshot of one linguistic type in a given time and place, whether it be experimentally derived, obtained instrumentally, or recorded through traditional means. Through the examination and comparison of linguistic data, linguistic descriptions, and the individual linguistic snapshots they represent, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, we can discover a great deal about the background to language variety, the motivations for language change, as well as reason for current linguistic states and the shape of dialects in points both past and present.

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Conference contact e-mail: (English)
会议电子邮箱 (中文)

- Richard V. Simmons
- Jenny Yang
- John Phan
- Luca Lacoponi
- Yu Lou
- Wei Yang
- Qixia Zhang
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language Family: Chinese Subgroup
LL Issue: 28.273

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