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LINGUIST List 25.765

Fri Feb 14 2014

Calls: Chinese, Language Acq, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, General Ling/Italy

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

Date: 13-Feb-2014
From: Yahui Chen <caslar2014unipr.it>
Subject: 3rd International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research
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Full Title: 3rd International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research
Short Title: CASLAR

Date: 28-Aug-2014 - 30-Aug-2014
Location: Parma, Italy
Contact Person: Ms. Yahui Chen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.caslar2014.unipr.it

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin

Call Deadline: 20-Mar-2014

Meeting Description:

CASLAR is a biennial conference with the goal to bring together scholars from all over the world whose research focuses on the acquisition, development and use of Chinese as a second language to survey available knowledge in the field, exchange ideas and initiate research projects. The conference is a part of the CASLAR movement that aims to transform a field from a primarily experienced-and practice-based discipline into a discipline based on and supported by research and theory. The first CASLAR conference was held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in 2010, the second one was in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012

Another means supporting this endeavor is a new bilingual journal Chinese as a Second Language Research 漢語作為第二語言研究 published by De Gruyter Mouton; Berlin/New York. Website of the journal.


Department of Arts and Literature, History and Social Studies, University of Parma.
Department of Science of the Antiquity and Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Parma.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Federico Masini, University of Rome.
Zeng'an Peng, Fudan University.
Chaofen Sun, Stanford University.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Professor Istvan Kecskes, Chairman of CASLAR, Editor-in-Chief of Intercultural Pragmatics and CASLAR journal, State University of New York, Albany, USA.
Professor Marco Mezzadri, University of Parma, Italy.
Professor Carlotta Sparvoli, University of Parma, Italy.

Registration Fees:

Early bird (up to May 30): 110 euro (80 euro for participants belonging to institutions from developing countries)
Non-early bird registration: 130 euro (100 euros for participants belonging to institutions from developing countries)

Information about accommodation, registration, transport, post-conference events will be subsequently released on the conference website.

Final Call for Papers:

Due to the request of prospective participants the deadline for abstract submission is extended to March 20, 2014.

Notification of acceptance: April 20


Participants are invited to submit their abstract online at the site: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/caslar2014.


Abstracts should be written in English or Chinese. Abstract length: maximum 350 words (or about 600 Chinese characters) with title and keywords (A4 or Letter size, 12 points in single space). The abstract should summarize the purpose of the study, methods, main results, and implications (if relevant).

CASLAR 2014 invites proposals for presentations that are related to research and theory in any area of Chinese as a Second Language (CSL). Those wishing to participate should prepare abstracts for 20 minute presentations (15 minutes plus 5 minute Q & A). Below there are some suggested categories for topics, though submissions need not be limited to these areas.

Suggested Topic Areas:

- Acquisition and development of CSL (Chinese as a Second Language)
- Role of culture in the acquisition of CSL
- Language teaching methodology for Chinese as a second / foreign language
- Pragmatics of using Chinese as a second language
- Cognitive aspects of CSL acquisition
- Distance Learning in CSL
- Technology and CSL
- Computer-mediated communication in CSL
- Acquisition of Chinese grammar, vocabulary
- Chinese character acquisition and recognition
- Discourse in CSL
- Designing materials for CSL instruction
- Conceptual socialization in the process of developing CSL
- Application of linguistic theories to Chinese L2 data
- Motivation to learn Chinese
- Effect of CSL on L1
- Assessment of proficiency in CSL

Conference Proceeding Publication:

All papers will be published in some form. Selected papers will be published in the CASLAR journal and in a volume by Mouton. The rest of the papers will be published as an e-book by the University of Parma.

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