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LINGUIST List 24.3130

Fri Aug 02 2013

Calls: Chinese, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 02-Aug-2013
From: Minglang Zhou <mlzhouumd.edu>
Subject: Globalization of Chinese
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Full Title: Globalization of Chinese

Date: 02-May-2014 - 04-May-2014
Location: College Park, Maryland, USA
Contact Person: Minglang Zhou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sllc.umd.edu/chinese/IACL22-NACCL26/EN/details

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

Globalization of Chinese: Linguistic Variation in the Spread of the Standard Language
Symposium Dates: May 2-4, 2014
University of Maryland, College Park

In the globalization of Chinese, an extensive shift from Chinese dialects to Putonghua is seen in Chinese diaspora communities around the world, and at the same time, Putonghua, Pinyin Romanization, and simplified Chinese characters are used as the standard in global Chinese language education. This is similar to the promotion and spread of Putonghua in China. However, the spread of Putonghua in China leads to its vernacularization, such as Shanghai Putonghua, Guangzhou Putonghua, Uygur Putonghua, and more. Is the vernacularization happening to Putonghua globally as it does in China in the last two or three decades and as English have been experiencing globally in the last three centuries?

The symposium, to be held in conjunction with IACL-22 & NACCL-26, will include thematic panels for approximately 30 papers, a poster session for 10-15 undergraduate student papers, and a plenary roundtable with distinguished scholars. It will encourage investigation and analysis of vernacularization of the standard language in linguistic globalization in a cross-fertilized approach (across linguistic theory, sociolinguistic, SLA, and other subfields).

Call for Papers:

The symposium is interested in papers analyzing data in a cross-fertilized approach and answering some of the following questions:

1) What are the grammatical features of the interlanguage produced by a heritage dialect speaker in learning Putonghua as a heritage language? Is the interlanguage influenced by both the heritage dialect and the language (such as English, French, or Malay) of the diaspora community’s resident country and how?
2) What are the grammatical features of the interlanguage produced by a non-native speaker in learning Putonghua as L2? Is this type of interlanguage similar to or different from that in (1) above if they share the same geographical location or community and why?
3) How are these types of interlanguage grammatically and theoretically related to vernacularized or varieties of Putonghua in the learners’ (diaspora and L2) communities?
4) How are local varieties of Putonghua in a diaspora community and in a L2 community in the same geographic location, say New York City or Paris, similar or different and why? How are these vernacularized Putonghuas different from the standard Putonghua?
5) How can the data concerning the above questions be satisfactorily accounted for in linguistic theory and how do the data bear on linguistic theory?

The symposium encourages heritage and Chinese as L2 undergraduate students to submit papers reflecting their own Chinese learning and using experience in relation to questions (1) or (2). The symposium will also consider high quality submissions on the vernacularization of Putonghua in dialect and minority language communities within China. If funded, the symposium may provide travel assistance to some accepted paper presenters who have a financial need.

Abstract format: one page (APA style, Times New Roman font, 12 point, 1 inch margins on all sides), including examples and references

Submission Method:

Send two copies (one anonymous and one with name, institution, and email address) to IACL22-NACCL26umd.edu.

Notice of travel assistance if funded and requested: March 1, 2014.

For more information in English, visit http://sllc.umd.edu/chinese/IACL22-NACCL26/EN.

For more information in Chinese, visit http://sllc.umd.edu/chinese/IACL22-NACCL26/CN.



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