LINGUIST List 26.5109

Mon Nov 16 2015

Calls: Chinese, Applied Ling, General Ling, Historical Ling, Socioling, Typology/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 13-Nov-2015
From: Yu Liu <>
Subject: 28th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics
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Full Title: 28th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics
Short Title: NACCL–28

Date: 06-May-2016 - 07-May-2016
Location: Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), USA
Contact Person: Yu Liu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

The 28th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL–28) organized by Brigham Young University will be held at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center from May 6 to May 7 in Provo, Utah.

The theme of the conference will be Language Diversity and Language Variation. There is a long tradition of examining and documenting the myriad varieties of the Chinese language. However, until more recent decades, most of the work on variation has been in the form of traditional dialectology and–––to a lesser extent––through the lens of language policy. In addition to policy and dialect studies, there is now a substantial literature in the sociolinguistics of Chinese, including work on language contact, multilingualism, and other related disciplines. By its nature the study of variation interfaces with all the major linguistic sub-disciplines (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and lexicography) and variation can be approached in many ways, including through traditional fieldwork and through natural language corpora. Moreover, understanding the nature of variation also impacts how Chinese is taught as a second language, particularly at the higher levels. Specifically, the existence of variation in everyday language raises questions about how teachers of Chinese mediate standard language in the classroom and how much they expose students to non-standard language in preparing them for interaction in the broad Chinese-speaking world.

Call for Papers:

Following the variation theme, conference organizers welcome all topics related to Chinese linguistics, but especially seek papers for presentation at NACCL-28 on the following topics:

1) Research that directly addresses the interface of language and culture
2) Traditional Chinese dialectology
3) Language Contact, Multilingualism, Language policy, and Inter-language, and Code-switching
4) Historical linguistics and grammaticalization

Abstract submission: January 15, 2016
Notice of acceptance: February 12, 2016

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) in all research areas of Chinese linguistics: theoretical, experimental, and applied. Abstracts should be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm, January 15, 2016. For details on submitting abstracts, please go to the Call for Proposals page. The languages of the conference are English and Chinese.

Information on previous conferences can be found on the permanent NACCL site at


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