Call for papers: NACCL 30

The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-30) will take place on March 9-11 2018 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, NACCL’s birthplace.

Conference Theme – Chinese Linguistics: From the field, from the lab, and from the armchair

Call for papers

Traditional Chinese linguistic research has primarily focused on descriptive and theoretical inquiry within a diversified range of frameworks. Such research has yielded many valuable results and findings that not only enhance our understanding of Chinese and many other languages spoken in China but also contribute significantly to the development of modern general linguistic theory. In more recent years, the scope of Chinese linguistic research, within both the descriptive and theoretical traditions, has been greatly broadened  Moreover, informed and inspired by advances in general linguistic research, Chinese linguists have started bringing increasingly more methodologies to their research. For instance, experimental Chinese linguists employ the most up-to-date technology (EEG, eye-tracking, etc.) and language processing and acquisition experiments to test and develop linguistic theories. Chinese dialectologists draw on not only traditional fieldwork research methods but also language corpora to explore universality and variations among Chinese dialects. Against this background of expanded scope of inquiry and methodological innovations, for NACCL-30 we welcome submissions from all descriptive, theoretical, and experimental perspectives. Especially welcome are submissions that combine more than one of the above perspectives.

The organizers of NACCL-30 invite abstracts in all subfields of Chinese linguistics, including – but not limited to – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, dialectology, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and corpus linguistics. We particularly encourage submissions that are relevant to the above conference theme. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be allotted 20 minutes to present their research and 10 minutes to answer questions. Abstracts and presentations can be given in either English or Mandarin Chinese.

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Faculty co-chairs:         Professors Zhiguo Xie and Marjorie K.M. Chan
Student co-chairs:        Qian Wang and Seojin Yang

Abstract submission guidelines:

– Authors must submit their abstracts by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Monday, September 25, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.

– Abstracts, including titles, data, and references, must fit onto one A4 page, with at least 1-inch (or 2.54 cm) margins on all four sides and in 11 pt font (or 5 号字) or larger.

– Within the one A4 page limit, abstracts should be around 500 words (English) or 800 characters (Chinese).

– Abstracts must be anonymous, without any identifiable author information.

– Authors may maximally submit one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract.

– Abstracts must be submitted electronically in pdf format, via the EasyChair platform ( No email or hardcopy submissions will be considered.