Conference: NACCL 27

The 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27) will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, April 3-5, 2015.

Keynote Speakers:
Chengzhi Chu (UC Davis)
Audrey Li (USC)

The theme of the conference will be Integrating Chinese Linguistic Research with Language Teaching. Linguistic research and language teaching have generally been viewed as two separate types of academic endeavors, each with its own priorities and practices. While linguists have been preoccupied with uncovering patterns of language and building theories of language structure, rarely are they concerned with issues in language pedagogy. Language teaching practitioners, on the other hand, often encounter teaching and learning issues that are not readily addressed by theoretical linguistic research and find themselves in need of enriching their knowledge about the language for a better-informed pedagogy. We believe that it is time now that the integration of the two strands of academic endeavors be prioritized, for a number of reasons: a) truly insightful linguistic findings should find their value in applications such as language teaching, b) it takes tremendous effort and time to translate research into practical language teaching, c) language teaching can raise fundamental questions for linguistic research, and finally, d) the proliferation of Chinese language learning and teaching at the global level demands increased linguistic effort and synergy for a deeper understanding of the language and better pedagogies for language teaching.

Thus, the conference organizers seek two types of papers for presentation at NACCL-27:

1) Linguistic research cast with pedagogical implications;

2) Teaching and learning studies raising important issues for linguistic research.

Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute presentations (including questions);
Abstracts no longer than a single page should be submitted to the conference email address: (i.e. NACCL27.UCLA@GMAIL.COM). Only electronic submissions are accepted;
The abstract should be in either plain text format or in MS Word format;
In the abstract, please give 2-3 keywords to identify some general research areas, e.g. phonetics/phonology, grammar, lexicon, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, technology, character learning, teaching models, assessment, teaching materials, heritage language, teacher-student interaction, and so forth;
The abstract should have a cover page with the title of the paper, 2-3 keywords (see above), author’s name, affiliation, contact information (including email). The abstract page should be an anonymous without any identifiable author information.

Key Deadlines

Abstract submission: Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Notice of acceptance: December 20, 2014

Organizer and Contact

Hongyin Tao
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles
290 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1504
Tel: +1 (310) 794-8933

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