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The original NACCL Style Sheet for hardcopy, bound volumes of NACCL Proceedings is online at USC's website.

The Proceedings of the 21st North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics will be published as a set of volumes in PDF format, and will be made available online at the NACCL-21 website. As a result of going from paper to e-paper, some of the original instructions have been modified below.

In addition, read the recently-proposed recommendations of the Linguistic Society of America for A Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals.1 In general, adhere to LSA's Language Style Sheet for preparing your manuscript for the NACCL Proceedings.

1 A Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals is also available online at Linguist List as a PDF file.



- Prepare your document using Microsoft Word and save your file as a DOC file. If your file does not contain graphics, the file may optionally be saved as an RTF file (Rich Text File). Submit with your DOC file extra fonts that you have used in your file that are not normally installed on other people's computers (e.g., specific IPA font, etc.).

- Prepare a corresopnding copy of your file as a PDF file, and be sure to embed ALL fonts into the PDF file for proper display of symbols, etc..

- The files should be camera-ready, with correct paper size, margins, etc. Hence, except for adding of pagination later when the Proceedings is put together as a set of volumes, the files should be able to be used "as is" in preparing the Proceedings.

Note:   A hardcopy of your paper will be requested only if complications arise in preparing your paper for e-publication.

page setup


- The maximum number of pages, including references, is 18. Please do not exceed this limit. (Exceptions to this page limit are paper submissions from plenary speakers.)


- Do not number your pages. Leave your file unpaginated.

- Note: Due to the potential size of the NACCL-21 Proceedings if all (or most) authors submit a written form of their paper, the Proceedings will be published as a set of (two or more) volumes with the papers from the plenary sessions placed at the start of the first volume. Papers from the main sessions will be organized by theme or topic, such as Chinese historical linguistics, phonetics/phonology, syntax/semantics, etc., or based on the different levels of linguistic structure (phonetics/phonology, morphology/lexicon, syntax/semantics, discourse, etc.). For ease of preparing the volumes, the ordering of papers within each theme/topic will likely be based on the order in which the manuscripts are received. An author index will be compiled for ease of reference.


- Set Paper Size to "Letter" (that is, 8.5" x 11").
(Click on the image on the right for a larger view in a new tab. Note that screenshots on this web page are from MS Word 2003.)


- Margins must be 1.25 inches on both the left and right sides, and 1.5 inches for the top and bottom margins. (The result is a block of text that is 6 inches x 8 inches.)


- Under "Headers and Footers", select "Different first page". (This will enable you to put a running header on all except the first page of your camera-ready manuscript.)

- Under the subheading, "From Edges", set the Header and the Footer to .8 inches.


- The first page should begin in the following manner:

- Title: at the top of the first page; centered; single-spaced; 14-point size; in bold.

- Subtitle (if needed) : centered; using single space; 14-point size; in bold. On one single-spaced line.

- Author's name: centered; single-spaced; 14-point size.

- Affiliation (institution name): centered; single-spaced; 12-point size; in italics; on three single-spaced blank lines.

- Abstract: single-space; 11-point size; indent 0.5 inches at both sides; use three single-spaced blank lines. (Note: Limit the abstract to one short paragraph of at most 100-150 words (based on English word count).)

- Main text - caution: the first page should not contain a header which is already contained in the next section.


- On each page of your article, except for the first page, you should type a header with the your surname and the first two or three words of your article's title. For example:


page setup

- The header should be centered.

- The header should be located at 0.8 inches from the top edge of the paper.
TIP: For placement of the header, see "Page Setup: Layout" under item #6 above.

- The header should be 12-point size, in small capital letters.
TIP: For formatting small capital letters, go to FONT in the menubar, and under "Effects", select "Small caps", as shown in the image on the right. (Click on the image for a larger display in a new tab.)


- Section headings must appear with one single-spaced blank line above.

- Section numbers are not preceded by spaces or tabs.

- A period and a space follow the section number.

- Section numbers and headings are printed in 12-point size, in bold.

- Texts begin at the next line.


- Use serif face fonts, such as Times or Times New Roman, for papers written in English, and Simsun or MingLiU for papers written in Chinese.

- Main text : 12 point size

- Footnotes : 11 point size

- References : 12 point size

- Use single-spacing.

- Justify at both sides. (Use hyphenation as needed to minimize large gaps in a line.)

- Examples should be separated from the main text with one single-spaced blank line each.

- Annotations should be in the form of footnotes, instead of endnotes.

- References should follow the LSA guidelines of style.

- Please do not include references to page numbers in the text.

- NEW:   As noted above, be sure to consult LSA's new Language Style Sheet, particularly with respect to preparing references, citations in the body of the paper, and so forth. For example, spell out authors' names in full rather than abbreviate given names (first names). When in doubt concerning formatting of references, please consult the articles that are published in the latest issues of Language.


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