ChinaLinks 3: Conferences

NOTE: This list includes Asian studies conferences that encompass Chinese language and linguistics panels (including those conferences that I'm attending). For conferences concerning Chinese language teaching and related themes, see click under "Conferences" in the menubar in the CLTA Links, maintained at the Chinese Language Teachers Association Home Page. Also check out Call for Papers announced in the Association's CLTA NewsletterThe Linguist List is another informative site for conference announcements, call for papers, etc. (See, for example, their searchable Conferences and Calls for Papers web page.) The various isssues of the online Bulletin of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) also provide information on upcoming linguistics conferences. (A webpage of online links on conferences is restricted to LSA members only.) To find linguistics conference proceedings, try Cascadilla Press' searchable Linguistics Proceedings Directory.

For those planning to add links to Call for Papers and Preliminary Programs created and ftp'd to our local web server, please note that such webpages are temporary and are deleted from the web server once the event has taken place and is no longer displayed on this webpage.

  1. October 26-28, 2012: The 45th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL-45). Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  2. November 16-18, 2012: 2012 Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Philadelphia, PA. CLTA celebrates its 50th anniversary with special events. (CLTA annual meetings are held in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
    Note: The CLTA meeting, together with the ACTFL convention, is held annually in different U.S. cities the week before Thanksgiving. (Upcoming meetings: 2013: Orlando, Florida. 2014: San Antonio, Texas.)
  3. November 17-18, 2012: The Seventh International Conference on Wu Dialects (第七届国际吴方言学术研讨会). To be held at the Zhejiang Normal University (浙江师范大学), Jinhua (金华), Zhejiang Province. [Call for Papers: 第七届国际吴方言学术研讨会第一号通知 (.doc file) - Note: Deadline extended to mid-July (or later?).]
  4. March 15-18, 2013: The 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society. Portland Hilton & Executive Tower, Portland, OR. 
    (Upcoming meetings: 2014: tba.)
  5. March 21-24, 2013: 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Machester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, CA.
    (Upcoming meetings: 2014: Philadelphia, PA (March 24–30, 2014)
  6. June 7-9, 2013: The 21th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-21). To be held at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. (IACL-21 website: <>.)
  7. June 21-23, 2013: The 25th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-25), organized by Professor William Baxter (chair), and will be held at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (NACCL-25 website: <>.)
  8. September 2-4, 2013: 3rd Workshop on Sino-Tibetan Languages of Sichuan. To be held in Paris, France. This workshop will focus on "Sino-Tibetan Languages of Sichuan in their Areal Context." The first workshop, held in 2008, was organized by the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica, and was dedicated specifically to Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan ( The second workshop, hosted by in 2010 edition of the workshop was hosted by the Center for Chinese Linguistics at Peking University, emphasized "Principles and Practices of Reconstruction."

Non-Association-Affiliated, Established Annual Conferences:

  1. International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL):
    This annual conference was first held at Yale University, attended by a small group of scholars working on historical reconstruction. (For a history of the first five years of the conference, see: J. A. Matisoff (1973). "The annual Sino-Tibetan conferences: the first five years, 1968-1972." J. of Chinese Linguistics 1.1:152-62. A bibliography of the first 25 years of ICSTLL is published by the Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus (STEDT) Project, U.C. Berkeley. Also see their compilation of current and past International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL).)
    • ICSTLL Home Pages:
      1. ICSTLL-41 (2008): SOAS, University of London, UK
  2. North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL):
    This annual Chinese linguistics conference was initiated at The Ohio State University as an annual Northeast Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NECCL). (See: M. Chan (1989). "The First Northeast Conference on Chinese Linguistics." (PDF file). J. of Chinese Linguistics 17.2: 385-389.) The geographical scope was then expanded producing NACCL. Conference proceedings were published by the Graduate Students in Linguistics (GSIL) at U.S.C. beginning with NACCL-6 (1994), hosted by Professor Audrey Li (USC). Select papers from NACCL-8 (1996, held at U. of Illinois) have been revised and are published in Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 26.1/2 (Spring/Fall 1996. Issue: Studies in Chinese Linguistics), edited by Chin-chuan Cheng et al. One early exception to GSIL's publication of NACCL proceedings is the NACCL-11 proceedings, which was independently published through Harvard University's Chinese Language Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. GSIL Publications will not be publishing and selling the NACCL Proceedings after NACCL-19. Beginning with NACCL-20, the NACCL Proceedings will be digitally-produced and will be available online at the NACCL website. NACCL-20 Proceedings, in two volumes, are available as full-text PDF files, and can be retrieved directly from the NACCL-20 conference site: Proceedings of the 20th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-20). Subsequent and future NACCL Proceedings -- e.g., NACCL-21 Proceedings and NACCL-22/IACL-18 Proceedings -- are, or will soon be, online under "Proceedings" at the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL) website. For a brief history of the first twenty years of the NACCL conferences, see M. Chan's "History of NACCL: The First Two Decades," published in the NACCL-20 proceedings volumes. (A web page (HTML) version is available at the NACCL website).