Conference: TEAL 13

TEAL 13 will take place from 2023-05-12 to 2023-05-14 at Taiwan, hosted by National Taiwan Normal University.

The abstract submission deadline is 2023-1-6 (extended).
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TEAL-13 will take place on May 12-14, 2023, hosted by the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University. The conference will be held in an in-person mode, subject to change depending on the pandemic situation.

The Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL) was first launched in 1990 at the University of California, Irvine 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, at 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 University of Nantes, France in 2014, at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan in 2015, at Academia Sinica, Taiwan in 2017 and most recently at University of Macau, Macau in 2019.

Call for papers

We invite 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/or Taiwan, and in the area of Southeast Asia, such as Vietnamese. We welcome comparative work in syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, language acquisition, or psycho/neurolinguistics that contributes to the understanding of Universal Grammar.

This year we are particularly interested in theoretically-oriented work bearing on the theme of Silence in East Asian Languages. Silence refers to anything that is not morphologically realized, including ellipsis and empty categories resulting from movement or base-generated (such as null subjects/objects/topics, pro/Pro, covert modals, implicit light verbs/applicatives). An amazing accomplishment of theoretical linguistic research is the discovery that different types of silence can/must be distinguished and that East Asian languages differ as a group from English and European languages in a clustering of properties, and from each other with respect to (some of) these properties. But what are the real differences among these languages, if there are? And if true differences exist, what clues/correlations do we have in order to understand the differences and how can they be described? We encourage studies focusing on this theme, though we also cordially welcome original submissions on any other theoretical issues.

Abstract submission

  • Abstracts must be in PDF format.
  • Abstracts must be written in English and should not exceed two pages of letter-sized or A4 paper, including data and references.
  • Abstracts should have 1″ margins on all sides and use font size 12 throughout.
  • Abstracts should have a clear title.
  • Abstracts and their metadata should not identify the author(s).
  • Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.
  • Abstracts should not present work that has already been published or accepted for publication.
  • Please indicate whether your submission is for a talk or a poster presentation or both on the submission page.
  • The abstract must be submitted electronically using EasyChair (Submission starts on Aug. 20).