The 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) took place as a Zoom webinar on 18-19 April 2020, hosted by The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.  In the interest of keeping everyone safe, the originally-planned on-site, one-day event was switched to that of a synchronous webinar event, and held on Saturday evening and Sunday morning of 18-19 April 2020, Eastern Daylight Time. See the program schedule online on the Program webpage.

The WICL conference — an event hosted every two years by different institutions in North America — 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.

Dates  (revised): Saturday evening & Sunday morning, Daylight Saving Time, 18-19 April 2020
Place: To be hosted online via the Zoom webinar platform from The Ohio State University and elsewhere in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Website: https://u.osu.edu/wicl/wicl-5/
Email: wicl5.2020wicl_emailgmail.com

Call for Papers:

  • Please see the instructions for abstract submission in the Call for Papers web page.
  • Abstract deadline:  Friday, 1 November 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time – closed

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Roxana Suk-Yee Fung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Lecture title: “One country, two systems: The linguistic differences between Hong Kong Cantonese and Guangzhou Cantonese”
  • Professor Genevieve Leung, University of San Francisco
    Lecture title: “Cantonese speakerhood in uncertain times: Some reflections on Chinese American Cantonese language and identity”

Special Guest – cancelled

  • Professor Emeritus Timothy Light, Western Michigan University

Special Panel: Addressing Varied Cantonese Learner Backgrounds

NOTE: WICL-5 was originally scheduled as a one-day event to be held on the second day of OSU’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures’ 1-1/2 day on-site celebration event, DEALL 50th Anniversary that, in the interest of health and safety, has now been cancelled.

WICL-5 Organizing Committee:

Faculty co-chairs:
Professor Marjorie K.M. Chan (DEALL)
Professor Zhiguo Xie (DEALL)
Professor Mineharu (“JJ”) Nakayama (DEALL)

Graduate student co-chairs:
Jinwei Ye (DEALL)
Junyu Ruan (Department of Linguistics)

Organizing committee members:
Yuhong Zhu (Department of Linguistics)
Seo-Jin Yang (DEALL)
Qian Wang (DEALL)
Wei Zhou (DEALL)
Skylor Gomes (EAS MA Program)
Jingyi Chen (Department of Linguistics)

Staff Assistance:
David Liu (DEALL), Dani Cooke (EASC), and Sujan Manandhar (ASC)

WICL logo designer: Honglin Du (都虹霖)
– logo designed in 2016 for WICL-3

WICL-5 is supported by the following OSU sponsors:
East Asian Studies Center
Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL)
Department of Linguistics
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL)
Council on Student Affairs
James H-Y. Tai Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Fund

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