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Mon 23 Jan 1995

Confs: Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)

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  1. Yuen Ren Society, Fresh Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)

Message 1: Fresh Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)

Date: Sat, 21 Jan 1995 15:24:15 Fresh Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)
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Subject: Fresh Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)

* *
* Are you tired of boring conferences on Chinese linguistics? *
* Tired of hoards of people droning endlessly about things you *
* either can't understand or couldn't care less about - perhaps *
* rehashing Mandarin or Taiwanese syntactic structures for the ten *
* millionth time; or telling you that _bangmuu_ is reflected as *
* [p] in such and such dialect while _pangmuu_ is reflected as *
* [ph]; or categorizing all the possible patterns of word *
* formation in four-character cliche's? Are you tired of all that *
* stultifying palaver? Then come to the next meeting of the Yuen *
* Ren Society. *
* *

 The Yuen Ren Society
 for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork

 A Conference on Fresh Chinese Dialect Fieldwork

 27 March, 1995, Salt Lake City Marriott Hotel

 Last Call

 The Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect
Fieldwork (founded 1990 at the University of Washington) is dedicated to
the study of diverse varieties of spoken Hann Chinese. The Society's
meetings are an occasional forum for distributing and discussing fresh
dialect data.

 Submissions are now being accepted for a conference to be held in
conjunction with the 205th Meeting of the American Oriental Society,
tentatively the afternoon of Monday, 27 March 1995, at the Marriott Hotel
in Salt Lake City, Utah.


 All communication about this conference should be addressed to:

email: (

ordinary mail:
 The Yuen Ren Society
 att'n: David Prager Branner
 Asian Languages and Literature, DO-21
 University of Washington
 Seattle, WA 98195


I. Scope of the conference:

 Descriptive or comparative material for any variety of spoken Hann
Chinese, preferably unfamiliar to dialectologists at large. To request a
list of illustrative suggestions, write to (

 Yuen Ren Society conferences center around the presentation of
original or rare data from real Hann Chinese dialects. Why so narrow?
The reason is that there are already many outlets for theoretical and
philological studies in Chinese linguistics; but there are no real
outlets for the plain presentation and discussion of *data*.

 This meeting will consist of two elements:

 A. a collection of data, printed as an issue in the Society's
occasional series, _The Yuen Ren Society Treasury of Chinese Dialect
Data_, and

 B. a presentation of the data by the fieldworker or compiler,
together with discussion by the audience. The _Treasury_ will be
available at the meeting, where it will serve as the handout.

II. Deadlines.

 28 January 1995, for submission of an abstract and either a
full-length draft of the material or a reasonably long sample from it.

 28 February 1995, for receipt by the Society of the final
camera-ready draft. This deadline is firm; if you are afraid you are
going to miss it, you should be in touch with the Society *before* that

 There is no deadline for registration at the conference, but
we would like to know beforehand if you plan to attend.

III. Submission of material.

 Anyone wishing to present data at the Society's conference must
submit it for publication in the _Yuen Ren Treasury of Chinese Dialect
Data_. All submissions will be subject to review.

 If you cannot be present at the conference, you may still submit
material to the current issue of the _Treasury_.

 This conference is independent of the American Oriental Society
meeting. There is no fee for the Yuen Ren Society meeting, but it is the
responsibility of everyone who attends to pay any AOS registration fees
that may be required of them.

IV. Attendance by non-participants.

 The conference is open to everyone, including people who are not
members of the Yuen Ren Society. There will be no fee for attending the
conference, but there may be a small on-site registration fee for anyone
who wants a copy of the _Yuen Ren Treasury_. The _Treasury_ will serve as
the combined handout for the whole conference.

V. Notes on style and format.

 1. The Society favors the use of Gwoyeu Romatzyh, but will not
reject any other reasonable system of romanization, as long as all tonal
distinctions are represented in some consistent way. Papers that use
romanization without some form of tonal distinction will be rejected.
Both traditional and simplified characters are welcome.

 2. The languages of the conference and of all papers should be
English or Mandarin.

 3. Length of individual presentations at the conference will be
variable, with up to 25 minutes per presentation, and discussion ad hoc.
Please tell the Society how long your presentation will be. Length of
documents in the _Treasury_ will also be variable, depending on their

 4. All papers should include a section in the bibliography
entitled "Sources of Dialect Data" or something comparable, in addition to
the ordinary list of works cited. Papers introducing data from original
fieldwork *must* list the names of all sites represented, together with
information about the informants used and the dates of fieldwork. Papers
using any data not gathered by the author personally *must* list the
sources of each distinct set of data. It is a good idea to distinguish
different sources, even if they represent the same site.

 5. All submissions to the _Yuen Ren Treasury_ must be made in
camera-ready hard copy. Handwritten documents, unless they are remarkably
neat, will ordinarily be rejected. For documents produced on a computer,
common serif fonts such as Courier or New York should be used for Roman
letter writing apart from IPA, and a sharply legible bitmap or outline
font such as Sung should be used for kanji. Very neatly handwritten kanji
are acceptable. If in doubt, send a sample of your typefaces to the
Society *before* the submission deadline.

 6. Finished documents should have margins a minimum of one inch
wide. Print should be black only, and the body of the text should be
between 12 and 14 point in size and double spaced. Documents produced on
a computer should be printed at not less than 300 dpi.

 7. In general, papers should follow the style guidelines of a
recent edition of the _Chicago Manual of Style_.

VI. Restrictions:

 Barring exceptional circumstances, the following will be
considered outside the scope of the conference, since there are already
other outlets for them:

 1. Papers emphasizing formal analysis or formal representation.

 2. New romanization schemes.

 3. Papers comparing a single modern dialect to the Jin'in (a.k.a.
_Chiehyunn_) phonological system.

 4. Papers all of whose data is culled from published sources,
unless the source is rare or for some reason poorly known.

 5. Studies of "Mandarin", "Taiwanese", "Cantonese", "Hakka", or
other standard dialects, based neither on fieldwork nor the speech of
named sites or sources.

 6. Presentations that do not consist primarily of data.
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