NACCL-28 — 6-7 May 2016, Brigham Young University

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The 28th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL–28) organized by Brigham Young University will be held at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center from May 6th to May 7th in Provo, Utah. NACCL is the largest conference on Chinese linguistics in North America, held at a different North American university each year, and it draws international participation. NACCL-28 organizing committee consists of: Dana Bourgerie (白杰理), Chair; Yu Liu (刘瑜), Co-chair; and the following faculty members: Matthew Christensen (岑民兆), Ellen Knell, Xinyi Wu (吴辛夷), and Hsiao-Chien Chen (陳曉倩). For details on the conference, go to:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) in all research areas of Chinese linguistics: theoretical, experimental, and applied. Abstracts should be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm, January 15th, 2016.

The theme of the conference will be Language Diversity and Language Variation. There is a long tradition of examining and documenting the myriad varieties of the Chinese language. However, until more recent decades, most of the work on variation has been in the form of traditional dialectology and–––to a lesser extent––through the lens of language policy. In addition to policy and dialect studies, there is now a substantial literature in the sociolinguistics of Chinese, including work on language contact, multilingualism, and other related disciplines. By its nature the study of variation interfaces with all the major linguistic sub-disciplines (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and lexicography) and variation can be approached in many ways, including through traditional fieldwork and through natural language corpora. Moreover, understanding the nature of variation also impacts how Chinese is taught as a second language, particularly at the higher levels.  Specifically, the existence of variation in everyday language raises questions about how teachers of Chinese mediate standard language in the classroom and how much they expose students to non-standard language in preparing them for interaction in the broad Chinese-speaking world.

Following the variation theme, conference organizers welcome all topics related to Chinese linguistics, but especially seek papers for presentation at NACCL-28 on the following topics:

   1) Research that directly addresses the interface of language and culture;
   2) Traditional Chinese dialectology
   3) Language Contact, Multilingualism, Language policy, and Inter-language, and Code-switching
   4) Historical linguistics and grammaticalization

Immediate Past NACCL Conference:
NACCL-27 — 3-5 April 2015, U. of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

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The 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27) (第27屆北美漢語語言學會議) will be held on 3-5 April 2015 at the University of California at Los Angeles, to be organized by Professor Hongyin Tao (陶红印). For details, go to:

While papers addressing issues in all aspects of Chinese linguistics are welcome, the conference organizers give priority to two types of papers for presentation at NACCL-27:

  1. Linguistic research cast with pedagogical implications;

  2. Teaching and learning studies raising important issues for linguistic research.

Future NACCL Conferences

NACCL conferences are held in spring or early summer, and typically in May. However, they have been held as early as April and as late as June in order to accommodate the organizers and the host institution's schedule. NACCL is held jointly with the annual conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL) when the latter is hosted in North America, as in the case of 2010, when NACCL-22 was held in conjunction with IACL-18 at Harvard University, or in 2014, when NACCL-26 was held in conjunction with IACL-22 at University of Maryland.

Past & Upcoming NACCL Conferences

See the institutions and hosts of NACCL's past & upcoming conferences, and check out past programs and links to earlier NACCL conferences with websites that are still available online.