Conference: TEAL 11

The Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica is proud to organize the 11th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-11) in Taipei, Taiwan on June 3-4 (Saturday and Sunday), 2017.

The TEAL Workshop was first launched in 1990 at the University of California, Irvine as a mid-size workshop intended to foster research on East Asian linguistics. It has been an important forum for presenting new theories and exchanging novel ideas that bear on East Asian languages with theoretical interests. Since 2002, the TEAL Workshop has been an international event. It was held at Doshisha University, Japan in 2002, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2004, at Harvard University, USA in 2005, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong in 2007, at Potsdam University, Germany in 2008, at Peking University, China in 2010, at Hiroshima University, Japan in 2012, at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2013, at the University of Nantes, Nantes in 2014 and most recently at The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan in 2015.

Invited Speakers (Alphabetically):
Ken Hiraiwa (Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan)
C. T. James Huang (Harvard University, Boston, USA)
Toshiyuki Ogihara (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
Martina Wiltschko (The Univiersity of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Important Dates
Deadline for abstract submissions: December 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2017
Conference dates: June 3-4, 2017

Conference website:

Call for Papers
We welcome submissions for a 20 minute talk (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or a poster, addressing theoretical problems in languages spoken in the area of East Asia, such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or the minority languages spoken in China, and in the area of Southeast Asia, such as Vietnamese. We are particularly interested in theoretically oriented work bearing on issues in syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, language acquisition, or psycho/neurolinguistics that contributes to the understanding of Universal Grammar. We also welcome comparative work among (South) East Asian languages and/or between a (South)East Asian language and other languages.

Special Panel on Tenses and Finiteness
TEAL-11 will have a special panel on tenses and finiteness. We particularly welcome submissions addressing the syntax and semantics of tenses as well as issues related to finiteness in East Asian languages.

Abstract Submission
Selection of papers is based on anonymous reviews of abstracts. The papers selected must be of high interest to the development of theoretical East Asian linguistics and linguistic theory more generally. Please follow these guidelines to submit your abstracts:

All submitted abstracts should be written in English and limited to two single-spaced pages, complete with examples and bibliography. All texts should fit within two A4 pages, with 2,54 cm/1-inch margin all around. Each abstract should start with the title (centered) at top, followed by 3 single-spaced blank lines, above the main text. Use font size 12 throughout (except for examples), preferably in Times or Times New Roman. Romanize all Asian texts, and avoid Asian character fonts unless absolutely necessary. The abstract should be camera-ready. We DO NOT accept submissions by postal mail.

Save your abstract as a PDF. For general submissions and submit your abstract via the EasyChair Conference, online submission system:

Please leave your name and affiliation out of the abstract (but keep 3 blank lines between title and text). The workshop will accept at most one single-authored work AND one joint-authored work. Please indicate whether your abstract is for 1) General & Poster Submission, or 2) Tense Panel Submission.

Poster Format Guidelines

  • Poster format should be A0 (84x119cm), in vertical (portrait) orientation.
  • The author(s)’ name(s) and the contact information should be provided.
  • A poster presentation includes one single poster.
  • Participants are expected to print and bring their own poster.