Call for Papers

The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) — hosted by The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. — will take place as a synchronous Zoom meeting on 27-28 May 2022 (EDT).

The Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL) is a biennial conference that is hosted by different institutions in North America. It 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: Friday evening & Saturday, 27-28 May 2022 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Place: Via the Zoom meeting platform from The Ohio State University campus and beyond

Program  WICL-6 Program Schedule (pdf, 05.24.2022)

Online Pre-Registration:
WICL-6 Registration



  • Professor Alan C. L. Yu,  University of Chicago
    Lecture title:  “Phonological variation in child-directed speech in Hong Kong Cantonese”
  • Professor Elaine J. Francis, Purdue University
    Lecture title: “The role of accessibility in a grammatical resumption language: Cantonese relative clauses in cross-linguistic perspective”

SPECIAL PANEL: The Cantonese Language Association (CLA): Its History and Future Activities
– This 1-hour panel will close Day 1 events on Friday evening (EDT), 27 May 2022.

  • Chair: Professor Dana Scott Bourgerie, Brigham Young University
  • CLA Executive Board
    . Dana S. Bourgerie (Brigham Young U), Chair
    . Marjorie K.M. Chan (Ohio State U)
    . Matthew B. Christensen (Brigham Young U)
    . Sik Lee Dennig (Cantonese Alliance of North America)
    . Raymond Pai (U of British Columbia)
    . Alan Yu (U of Chicago)
  • Topics:
    – Background & History
    – Goals & Purposes
    – CLA website
    – Future Activities
    – Qs & Discussion

WORKSHOP 1: Analyzing Cantonese Corpus Data
– This 2-hour workshop will be held on Friday evening (EDT), 27 May 2022, in conjunction with a parallel session. (Titles are still tentative.)

  • Chair: Professor Charles T. K. Lam, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong: “Analyzing Cantopop with corpus methods”
  • Professor Chaak-ming Lau, The Education University of Hong Kong: “Extracting Cantonese data from Hong Kong Chinese corpora”
  • Dr. Jackson Lee, Author of PyCantonese: “Working with Cantonese CHILDES data”

WORKSHOP 2: Effective and Innovative Use of Popular Culture in Cantonese Language Teaching
– This 2-1/2 hour workshop will be held on Saturday, 28 May 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT

  • Chair: Sik Lee Dennig, Ph.D., Cantonese Alliance of North America

   Presentations (2 hours; 20 minutes of presentation + 10 minutes of Q&A for each paper)

  1. Genevieve Leung, Ph.D., University of San Francisco & Ming-Hsuan Wu, Ph.D., Adelphi University: “Cantonese HL learners and teachers as active agents in and out of classroom”
  2.  Zoe Lam, Ph.D., University of British Columbia: “The role of content creation in the construction of heritage learners’ identity”
  3. Raymond Pai, University of British Columbia: “Innovations in Cantonese language curriculum design beyond the basic level”
  4. Sik Lee Dennig, Ph.D., Cantonese Alliance of North America: “Learning Cantonese in a relaxing way through pop culture”
  • Hands-on Activities (30 minutes)

This pedagogy workshop introduces a new framework for viewing Cantonese learners and an innovative approach to content creation. This workshop launches Cantonese Alliance of North America’s more focused series of Teacher Training Workshops this summer.


Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations related to innovative research in any subfield of Cantonese linguistics. 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 (letter size, 8-1/2″x11″) with 1″ margins on all 4 sides. Use 11 or 12 point size Times, or Times New Roman font. The single page includes 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 formclosed

Abstract deadline (one-week extension): Sunday, 1 May 2022, 11:59 PM

WICL-6 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)
Ka Fai Gary Law (DEALL)
Xuan Ye (DEALL)

Organizing committee members:
Paul Cockrum (DEALL)
Skylor Gomes (OSU alumnus)
Junyu Ruan (Dept. of Linguistics)
Seo-Jin Yang (DEALL)
Wei William Zhou (DEALL)
Yuhong Zhu (Dept. of Linguistics)

Staff Assistance:
David Liu (DEALL)

WICL logo designer: Honglin Du (都虹霖)
– The current WICL logo was first used for WICL-3 (in 2016 @ OSU), with prototype designed by Litong Chen.

WICL-6 is supported by the following OSU sponsors:
Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL)
Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL)
Department of Linguistics
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL)
Council on Student Affairs
East Asian Studies Center
James HY. Tai Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Fund