21st North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics
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This is the call for papers for the 21st North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-21). NACCL-21 will be held on 6-8 June 2009 at Bryant University, Rhode Island.

This conference will continue to serve as a platform for researchers on Chinese linguistics to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and search for new directions. Proposals of original studies on the following topics are invited:

Phonetics/Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Morphology, Orthography, Historical linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, etc.

Papers are presented within a twenty-minute period. Proposed abstracts should be submitted in two separate files: (1) the abstract and (2) the author information. All abstracts will be peer reviewed.

Abstracts should include: title of the paper, theoretical framework/background, research procedure, major findings, and implications. They can be written in Chinese (around 1,000 characters) or English (around 500 words). (Please specify the major area of your study (i.e., syntax, semantics, language acquisition, etc.) under the title but do not include author information in the abstract.)

Author information
Author information should include: title of the paper, name of the author(s), email address(es), phone number(s), affiliation(s), and mailing address(es).

Submission deadline
January 15, 2009. Please submit both files (abstract and author information) electronically to naccl-21@organizations.bryant.edu.
Files can be submitted ONLINE [please see below] OR electronically to the conference email.

Notification of abstract acceptance
March 1, 2009

Featured Speakers:

Keynote Speakers:

Yen-Hwei Lin (林燕慧) is Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University, and taught at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Linguistic Institutes in 1997 and 2003. Her research has focused on theoretical phonology and Chinese segmental phonology.  She is author of The Sounds of Chinese (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and《音段音系学》[Segmental Phonology] (中国社会科学出版社, to appear), and editor of Special Issue on Phonetics and Phonology (Language and Linguistics 5.4, 2004) and Proceedings of NACCL-15 (2004). Presentation topic: Loanword Adaptation and Phonological Theory.

Hongyin Tao (陶红印) is Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and TESL at the University of California. Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, he taught at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the National University of Singapore, and Cornell University. His areas of expertise include Mandarin discourse and grammar (e.g., Units in Mandarin Conversation: Prosody, Discourse, and Grammar, John Benjamins, 1996.); applied linguistics (e.g., heritage language learning and research), and corpus linguistics (e.g., The UCLA Corpus of Written Chinese and the Lancaster-Los Angeles Corpus of Spoken Chinese). Recent projects include a special issue of The Heritage Language Journal on Chinese as a heritage language and a US Department of Education sponsored project for advanced language teaching based on corpora. He is on a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association and the Heritage Language Journal. Professor Tao’s most recent articles have appeared in Language, Journal of English Linguistics, Sociolinguistic Studies, Language and Linguistics, Journal of Chinese Language and Computing, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, and Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. Presentation topic: Core Vocabulary in Spoken Mandarin and the Integration of Corpus-Based Findings into Language Pedagogy.

Lunch speaker (open to the public):
 Zhen-yu Zeng (曾振宇)
is professor of history at Shandong University (山东大学), TaiShan Scholars(泰山学者), and Guest professor of Confucius Institute of China (孔子研究院特聘教授). His area of expertise include ancient philosophy of China and ancient history of China. He is the author of 20th century Confucian ethics studies (Zhonghua Press, 2003), Filial Duty and Chinese
Culture (The Qilu Publishing House, 2003), The Comparative Study of Philosophy Categories between China and Western Culture (Shandong University Press, 2001), and Dong Zhong-shu and Chinese Culture (Henan University Press, 1998), Research on Chinese Ancient Legalists (Shandong University Press, 1996). Moreover, more than 60 articles have been published in academic journals. Presentation topic: The Chinese tea culture and tradition (中国的茶文化与传统).


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