Welcome!

WICL-3_213X250The Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL) 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 粵 / 粤 “Yue”) subgroup of the Chinese language family, language contact phenomena, and new subfields and their interfaces are especially welcome.

WICL-5 (2020) as a synchronous webinar conference!

The 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) returned to The Ohio State University in 2020. However, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, the originally-planned on-site event was held virtually instead. And, in order to accommodate presenters from across a 15-hour time difference — from East Asia to the west coast of North America — we hosted WICL-5 via the Zoom webinar platform on Saturday evening and Sunday morning of 18-19 April 2020, Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

WICL has been held every other year since 2012. The inaugural event — the very 1st Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-1) — was organized and held at The Ohio State University in spring 2012. It was followed by the 2nd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-2) at University of Chicago in spring 2014. Returning to Ohio State on March 12-13, 2016 was the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3) and the impetus for the creation of this dedicated WICL website. The following WICL event, the 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4), was held in summer 2018 at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) took place at The Ohio State University on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 April 2020, originally to be on site, then planned as hybrid, and ultimately became all virtual due to Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, WICL-5 may very well have been the first Chinese linguistics conference in the world to have been held entirely virtually.

The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-6) will take place in Spring 2022. As with WICL-5, it will also be held virtually via Zoom, and will again be organized at The Ohio State University. Stay tuned!

URL: https://u.osu.edu/wicl/