Call for papers

The 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3) will take place on March 12 and 13, 2016, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. The conference focuses on new advances in Cantonese Linguistics, including innovations in methodologies, tools, and/or computing software. New approaches and research on language variation within the Cantonese (or “Yue”) subgroup of the Chinese language family, language contact phenomena, and new subfields and their interfaces are especially welcome.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Valter Ciocca
    School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
    “A developmental perspective on the perception and production of Cantonese tones”
  • Professor Stephen Matthews
    Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
    “Tonal targets in language and music”
  • Professor Virginia Yip
    Dept. of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
    “The acquisition of Cantonese in bilingual contexts”


Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations related to innovative research in any subfield of Cantonese linguistics and related disciplines. Submissions are limited to one (1) single-authored paper and one (1) joint-authored paper per person.

  • Abstracts must be written in English and on a single page, including examples, key references, etc.
  • Prepare two (2) copies of the abstract in PDF format, one containing the name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es); and the other (for anonymous review) identified by title only.
  • In the submission form, please provide the following information:
    • paper title
    • name(s) of author(s)
    • contact information (postal and email addresses)
    • affiliation(s)
    • status (student or non-student)
    • primary area(s) of linguistics addressed in the abstract (e.g., Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, etc.)

The conference organizing committee is considering a teleconferencing presentation session. Scholars with difficulties in travelling to the conference are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Abstract submission:
Please fill out the abstract submission form.

Abstract deadline:
By November 1, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time – closed

Organizing committee:

Faculty chair:
Professor Marjorie K.M. Chan – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Director, Institute for Chinese Studies, East Asian Studies Center

Graduate student chairs:
Litong Chen – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yutian Tan – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Tsz-Him Tsui – Department of Linguistics

Organizing committee members:
Professor Zhiguo Xie – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Sha Huan – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Cathy Huang – Fisher College of Business
Yuhan Lin – Department of Linguistics
Yun Shen – Visiting scholar, Yunnan University, China
Kimberly Wan – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Qian Wang – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Qingyang Yan – Department of Linguistics
Seo-Jin Yang – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Qianqian Zhang – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Dani Cooke – Fiscal Associate, East Asian Studies Center
Nathan Lancaster – Assistant Director for Academic Programming, East Asian Studies Center

WICL-3 logo designer: Honglin Du (都虹霖)

WICL-3 is supported by the following OSU sponsors:
East Asian Studies Center
Institute for Chinese Studies
Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL)
Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL)

OSU co-sponsors:
Department of Linguistics
Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Council on Student Affairs

This event is sponsored in part by the Jerome G. Dare Fund and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.