Pre-Conference Workshops: Data Collection & Corpora

Date:  March 8, 2018
Time:  2:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Mershon Center (see map at bottom of this page)
1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
Host:  Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL)

Registration for the OSU Community: 

Registration for the two workshops and the NACCL-30 conference is free for the OSU community (students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars). If you plan to attend the NACCL conference and/or pre-conference workshops, please register here to assist us with head count for planning, preparing name tags, etc. Thanks.

Pre-Conference Workshops:

The Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL) — an OSU student organization that is helping to organize NACCL-30 — is hosting two pre-conference workshops. One is organized by Professor James H-Y. Tai (National Chung Cheng Univeristy) and the other by Professor Hongyin Tao (UCLA). More details will be given below in the weeks ahead.

Workshop 1 (2:30-4:20 pm): “Language and Aging: Methodology and Data Collection”
– ORGANIZER: Professor James H-Y. Tai (戴浩一), National Chung Cheng University


This workshop presents a methodology to collect data on age-related language development through the coupling of cross-sectional research and longitudinal studies. The goal is to understand inter- and intra-individual differences in language development in the context of cognitive aging.

Joining Professor Tai at the workshop is Professor Anping Luo (Southwest University for Nationalities), a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University, who will give a short presentation, “Data Collection and Some Initial Observations: The Aged Women in Greater Chengdu, China.”

   (Coffee/tea break: 4:20-4:40 pm)

Workshop 2 (4:40-7:00 pm): “Corpus Approaches to Chinese Linguistics Research and Teaching”
– ORGANIZER: Professor Hongyin Tao (陶紅印), University of California, Los Angeles


This workshop assumes no prior experience in corpus building and exploration, nor skills in computer programming. We will explore online corpora as well as desktop tools and local resources that can be used to conduct usage-based Chinese linguistic research and develop applications for Chinese language teaching. Hands-on experience is emphasized throughout the workshop.

Joining the corpus linguistics workshop will be two NACCL-30 plenary speakers, Professor Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Professor Zhuo Jing-Schmidt (University of Oregon).

The first part of the workshop will focus on introducing some of the most basic concepts in corpus linguistics (e.g. register differences, corpus-based vs. corpus-driven studies, and types of corpora) as well as online resources that can be used for research and teaching.

In the second part of the workshop, we will introduce tools to process spoken and written text data for corpus construction and analysis. Common corpus tools such as parts of speech tagger, wordlist, concordance, and collocation analysis will be demonstrated.

Finally, in the last part of the workshop, participants will utilize the introduced tools and resources to conduct actual research and explore models of language teaching based on corpora.


  1. A laptop computer, with sufficient battery power for up to two hours, that can process Chinese text is essential.
  2. Participants are encouraged to bring their own research and teaching related topics for discussion and demonstration.
  3. While both pre-conference workshops are free and open to all, for those planning to attend the corpus linguistics workshop, please take a moment to fill out Professor Tao’s two-step, online registration form, to gauge attendance, research interests and familiarity with corpus linguistics:

   (Light reception: 7:00-8:00 pm)

VENUE: Mershon Center (1501 Neil Avenue) is on the southwest corner of Neil and 8th Avenue. Parking: The closest public parking garage is the 9th Avenue East Garage (345 West 9th Avenue, Columbus OH 43210). City bus: COTA bus routes 7 and 18 stop within a block from Mershon Center. Campus bus: CABS is a free transit service provided by OSU. Routes MC, CLS and CLN have stops about 4 or 5 blocks from Mershon Center.

Mershon Center is located one mile south of The Blackwell Inn (2110 Tuttle Park Place), at the southern end of the OSU campus. Guests staying at The Blackwell Inn could request free shuttle service to Mershon Center, take a campus bus, or take a 20-minute walk there along Neil Avenue to South Campus (as shown on the map below).