LINGUIST List 24.2696

Wed Jul 03 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/China

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 03-Jul-2013
From: Paul Russell <>
Subject: China and the West: Cross-linguistic Perspectives
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Full Title: China and the West: Cross-linguistic Perspectives
Date: 12-Apr-2014 - 13-Apr-2014 Location: Beijing, China Contact Person: Guohua Chen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2013

Meeting Description:

This conference will be held in Beijing, China on the 12th and 13th of April 2014. Sponsored by the Philological Society of the UK and hosted by the Institute of Linguistics in conjunction with National Research Centre of Overseas Sinology, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the conference aims at bridging communication gaps between language scholars from different traditions in China and the West in the following areas:

The Genealogies and Histories of Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European Languages
1. Histories of linguistics in China and the West
2. Language contact within and between the two language families
3. Histories of particular languages, including sound change, semantic change, grammaticalization and writing systems

The Structures of Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European Languages
1. Linguistic theories in China and the West, their applications and development
2. Typological studies of particular languages
3. Contrastive studies of particular languages

Acquisition of Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European Languages
1. Language learning and teaching theories in China and the West
2. Differences between the acquisitions of first and second languages
3. Language planning and policy in China and the West


There will be three invited plenary speakers at the conference, one on each of the above themes. The total number of participants will be limited to around 50, to be divided into three theme groups. Each participant will have 30-40 minutes to present their paper.


A fee of ¥500 Chinese (roughly equivalent to £50 British pounds or $75 US dollars) will be charged to members of the Philological Society participating in the conference. For non-members, the fee will be ¥1000 (roughly equivalent to £100 British pounds or $150 US dollars).

Call for Papers:

Those who wish to give papers at the conference should submit their abstracts in no more than 500 English words before 15 October 2013. If the abstract is accepted, a formal letter of invitation will be issued before 31 December 2013.

Postgraduate Bursaries:

The Philological Society is able to offer financial support to a small number of postgraduate students offering papers at the conference, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria of the Philological Society’s travel bursary scheme (details of the criteria and application procedure can be found on the Society’s website, The number of awards made will be strictly limited and it will not be possible to notify successful applicants until after the deadline for submission of abstracts. Bursary applications to the Society should be made by 1 October 2013 and should be accompanied by a copy of the abstract.

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