Call for Papers

We are now calling for abstracts for presentations covering all aspects of linguistic research on Sino-Tibetan languages. Papers may treat issues in any subfield of linguistics; they may present field reports, or they may involve research in allied fields, such as linguistic anthropology, or prehistory. Papers will be allotted fifteen minutes for presentation followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion. Papers can be presented in either English or Chinese. Interested applicants are invited to submit up to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract. Papers on the following topics within the Sino-Tibetan family are especially encouraged:

  • Issues in subgrouping 
  • Typology of tonal systems
  • Calibrating degrees of intensity of language contact
  • Standardization of language names
  • Theorization on wider relationships between ST and other language families
  • Areal features vs. language-family specific traits
  • Theory and practice of historical reconstruction in mono- and sesqui-syllabic languages
  • Areal semantics
  • ST narrative structure
  • Salvage linguistics for endangered languages

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts may be written in English or Chinese, and submitted in PDF format. Abstracts should be no more than 600 words (or 1000 Chinese characters) in length, including examples. Please only include figures if absolutely necessary (one at most). Abstracts should be submitted here via Easychair. Applicants must remove all self-identifying information from their abstract(s).

Outstanding Student Papers:

A maximum of 5 outstanding student papers will be selected at the end of the conference. Each finalist will be awarded a waiver of the registration fee and a stipend for help pay for accommodation. Authors of selected outstanding papers will also receive an award certificate. Eligible applicants must be 35 years of age or younger on the date of the conference. Interested applicants are required to submit a full paper in addition to their abstract on Easychair before April 20, 2021. Please write “Outstanding Paper Award” in the header aligned to the right margin. All submissions for the student paper competition must be original papers in PDF format.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2021

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