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30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

Start Date: 09-Mar-2018 - 11-Mar-2018

Contact: Zhiguo Xie

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The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-30) will be held on March 9-11, 2018 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Conference Theme – Chinese Linguistics: From the field, from the lab, and from the armchair

Traditional Chinese linguistic research has primarily focused on descriptive and theoretical inquiry within a diversified range of frameworks. Such research has yielded many valuable results and findings that not only enhance our understanding of Chinese and many other languages spoken in China but also contribute significantly to the development of modern general linguistic theory. In more recent years, the scope of Chinese linguistic research, within both the descriptive and theoretical traditions, has been greatly broadened Moreover, informed and inspired by advances in general linguistic research, Chinese linguists have started bringing increasingly more methodologies to their research. For instance, experimental Chinese linguists employ the most up-to-date technology (EEG, eye-tracking, etc.) and language processing and acquisition experiments to test and develop linguistic theories. Chinese dialectologists draw on not only traditional fieldwork research methods but also language corpora to explore universality and variations among Chinese dialects. Against this background of expanded scope of inquiry and methodological innovations, for NACCL-30 we welcome submissions from all descriptive, theoretical, and experimental perspectives. Especially welcome are submissions that combine more than one of the above perspectives.

Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Psycholinguistics


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The 8th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics & Communication (INPRA2018)

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

Start Date: 08-Jun-2018 – 10-Jun-2018

Contact: Fabienne Baider

Contact Name: Fabienne Baider

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Organized by:

  • Department of French and European Studies, University of Cyprus
  • Research unit CLESTHIA, Université Sorbonne nouvelle – Paris 3
  • Research unit DILTEC, Université Sorbonne nouvelle – Paris 3

Sponsored by:

  • Cypriot Tourism Bureau

Conference Convenors:

  • Fabienne Baider (University of Cyprus)
  • Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany)

Plenary Speakers:

  • Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany)
  • Jacques Moeschler (Université de Genève)
  • Gerard Steen (University of Amsterdam)
  • Marina Terkourafi (Leiden University Center for Linguistics) (LUCL)

The conference covers a wide range of topics within pragmatics and intercultural communication, including:

  • Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, common ground, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, grammaticalization, speech act theory, presuppositions, im/politeness, etc.
  • Experimental pragmatics: models of language and meaning, experimental techniques, scalar implicatures, reference resolution, interpretation of figurative language, etc.
  • Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture or varieties of one language, variational pragmatics, lingua franca, computer mediated communication (CMC), bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, translatological aspects of intercultural communication, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.
  • Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, cyber pragmatics, etc.


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Teaching and learning L2 pragmatics

Location: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Start Date: 28-Jun-2018 - 29-Jun-2018

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Meeting Description: International conference dedicated to second language pragmatic development in the home and study abroad contexts.

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November 17-19, 2017
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
(Pre-Convention Workshops – November 16, 2017)


The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo is an international event bringing together more than 7,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process. Come participate in the world’s most comprehensive language education meeting of the minds featuring more than 800 educational sessions in a variety of formats that focus on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the language profession, and research-informed practices. While the exhibit hall will showcase more than 250 companies exhibiting their latest products and services, it is a learning experience within itself where you will find exhibitor sponsored workshops, the ACTFL Collab Zone, the Social Media Lounge, a Career Café, and an ACTFL Confer-sation Corner. Take your skills to the next level and join colleagues from around the world. Come “Experience It” for yourself!

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The 15th BCLTS International Conference
on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education

“Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Context:
from Language Policy to Classroom Practice”


Wednesday 28th June – Friday 30th June 2017
Southampton University, UK

The British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) is very pleased to announce that the 15th BCLTS International Conference with the theme of “Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Context: from Language Policy to Classroom Practice”, will be held at the Confucius Institute, Southampton University between Wednesday 28th June and Friday 30th June 2017.

The Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Southampton was formally opened in October 2011 in collaboration with our Chinese partners at Xiamen University, P.R. China. Their long term aim is to establish and support the provision of opportunities to study of all aspects of modern China, including language and culture, from primary school through to university level.

As a golden opportunity to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the BCLTS, we warmly welcome local and international scholars and professionals to exchange their cutting-edge research and practical teaching experiences in Teaching Chinese in Higher Education.

Topics of presentation
• Chinese language policies across different regions
• Studies on the Chinese linguistics and Chinese language acquisition
• Teaching and research on Chinese characters, Pinyin and grammar
• Research-informed teaching practice in listening, reading, speaking and writing
• Assessment, evaluation and standards
• Teaching Chinese for Specific-purposes (e.g. Business Chinese)
• Teaching material development
• Integration of culture into language class
• Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
• Technology-mediated Chinese Provision (e.g. MOOC)
• Teaching and research on Chinese translation and interpreting

Abstract submission
• Title of the paper
• Full name and affiliation of the author(s)
• An abstract of approximately 260 words in English or 400 characters in Chinese
• The corresponding author’s e-mail address. Please keep us noted if you need an invitation letter.

Please email your abstract as an attachment in Word to Dr. Shuai Zhao: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Bangor University.

For any other inquiries, please email Dr. Catherine Xiang: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at LSE.
The working languages of the conference will be English and Chinese. Individual papers will be given 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes discussion) if accepted.

Full paper submission will be invited after the conference to be peer reviewed and published in due course.

Important dates
• 31st Mar, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
• 21st Apr, 2017: Notification of results and issue of the invitation letter if necessary
• 31th May, 2017: Registration deadline

Conference fees
• Registration fees £100 for non-member delegates
• £50 for graduate students (Please supply proofs of graduate student status)
• Free registration for the BCLTS members
• Accommodation and travel expenses will be self-funded for non-members
• £20 for Conference dinner (optional)

For more information about the conference, please visit the BCLTS website
Please feel free to forward this Call for Papers to those who might be interested in this Conference. Thank you very much!

The Executive Committee
The British Chinese Language Teaching Society