LINGUIST List 6.93

Mon 23 Jan 1995

Confs: Chinese Dialect Fieldwork Conference (last call)

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  • 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)
    From: Yuen Ren Society <>
    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 presents

    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 happens.

    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 contents.

    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.