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The 11th Cross-Strait Symposium on Modern Chinese Language

The 11th Cross-Strait Symposium on Modern Chinese Language is held on December 7-8, 2018 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which is jointly organized by CUHK, Nankai University, and the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, jointly hosted by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and T. T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK, co-organized by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, CUHK-BLCU Joint Research Centre for Chinese Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, the Global China Research Programme at CUHK and The Commercial Press, and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, Chung Chi College and the United College.

The theme of the Symposium is “Linguistics Study from the ‘Belt and Road’ Perspective”. The perspective from the Belt and Road Initiative opens a new horizon in the study of linguistics and its application, which plays an important role not only in deepening our understanding of Chinese in the global context, but also in facilitating the enhancement of comparative linguistics to support and further promote cultural exchanges, paving the way to foster people-to-people bonds. It is hoped that under the proposed theme the 11th Cross-Strait Symposium on Modern Chinese Language can serve as a platform for experts and scholars to explore new areas and new topics in the study of linguistics from the “Belt and Road” perspective.

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city and places an emphasis on the importance of the biliteracy and trilingualism in its language policy. It is also a city located in the hub of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, bridging the East and the West. It is therefore of considerable significance to have the Symposium in Hong Kong. CUHK has always been upholding its mission of combining tradition with modernity, and bringing together China and the West since founded, which no doubt provides an intellectually stimulating environment for sharing, exchanging, and discussing new ideas related to the future of the study of Chinese.