Conference: NACCL 29

29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL 29)

Date: 16-Jun-2017 – 18-Jun-2017
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Contact Person: Richard Simmons
Meeting Email: naccl@rutgers.edu
Conference website: http://naccl.rutgers.edu/index.php

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2017

The 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-29) will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 16-18, 2017.

The theme of the conference: Perspectives on the History, Geography, and Sociolinguistics of Chinese and Chinese Dialects

The many varieties of Chinese have always existed in a state of dynamic variation and change. Their various grammatical features and states, including phonology, lexicon, morphology, and syntax, have followed the natural tendency of languages to change. The changes have been influenced and shaped by historical events, population movements, geographical proximity and distance, and any number of social and cultural forces. The dialect of an individual speaker results from the interplay of these various influences and forces and often continues to respond to them as well as broadcast its own influence within a speech community and across time into the future. As such, a linguistic description is merely a snapshot of one linguistic type in a given time and place, whether it be experimentally derived, obtained instrumentally, or recorded through traditional means. Through the examination and comparison of linguistic data, linguistic descriptions, and the individual linguistic snapshots they represent, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, we can discover a great deal about the background to language variety, the motivations for language change, as well as reason for current linguistic states and the shape of dialects in points both past and present.

Call for Papers:

The 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-29) will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 16-18, 2017.

Conference website: http://naccl.rutgers.edu/index.php

The theme of the conference: Perspectives on the History, Geography, and Sociolinguistics of Chinese and Chinese Dialects

With an eye to the above theme, the conference organizers welcome all topics related to Chinese linguistics, but especially welcome proposals for papers and presentation at NACCL-29 on the following topics:

1) Sociolinguistic cultural perspectives on the dialects of the Chinese speaking diaspora
2) Geolinguistic and Sociolinguistic examinations of Chinese dialects
3) Historical linguistics and the history of Chinese phonology, grammar, and lexicon
4) Multilingualism, language contact, and language policy in the present and in the past

Abstract submission:

– Abstracts are invited for 25 minute presentations (including time allotted for questions)
– Abstracts and Presentations can be in English or Standard Chinese
– Abstracts should be submitted to: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/NACCL29
– Abstracts should be submitted electronically in doc, plain text, or pdf format. Only electronic submissions are accepted
– Abstracts should be no more than 300 words on one page and be anonymous without any identifiable author information in the abstract itself
– Author’s name, affiliation, and email can be provided with the abstract but separate from it on the submission page at the above link

Deadlines:
Abstract submission: October 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Notice of acceptance: February 17, 2017, or soon thereafter

Organizers and Contacts:

Conference contact e-mail: naccl@rutgers.edu (English)
会议电子邮箱:naccl29@outlook.com (中文)

– Richard V. Simmons
– Jenny Yang
– John Phan
– Luca Lacoponi
– Yu Lou
– Wei Yang
– Qixia Zhang