Call for Papers

WICL-5 as an on-site conference is now a synchronous webinar conference!

The 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) will take place on Saturday evening, 18 April 2020, and Sunday morning, 19 April 2020, Eastern Daylight Time, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. 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.

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2020 – original date
Place: Hagerty Hall (1775 College Road)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio – original venue


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


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 abstract 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.)

Abstract submission: Please fill out the online abstract submission form.

Abstract deadline: Friday, 1 November 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time – closed

Organizing committee:

Faculty co-chairs:
Professor Marjorie K.M. Chan – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Professor Zhiguo Xie – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Professor Mineharu (“JJ”) Nakayama (DEALL)

Graduate student co-chairs:
Jinwei Ye – Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Junyu Ruan – Department of Linguistics

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

WICL logo designer: Honglin Du (都虹霖)

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.