Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce that the "Symposium on Word Order in Chinese" will be held on May 17, 2012 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Richard S. Kayne (New York University)
Professor Wei-tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University)

Invited speaker:
Professor Y.-H. Audrey Li (University of Southern California)

This symposium aims at bringing together researchers who are concerned with the syntax of word order in Chinese and its syntactic derivation in the generative framework. Potential issues to be addressed include:

1. Chinese as a head initial or head final language?
2. application of the Linear Correspondence Axiom (LCA) to Chinese word order
3. microparametric study of Chinese word order

Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Selection of papers is based on anonymous review of abstracts. Please follow these guidelines to submit your abstracts:

All submitted abstracts should be written in English and limited to two single-spaced pages, complete with examples and bibliography. All texts should fit within two A4 pages, with 1-inch margin all around. Use font size 12 throughout.

Please send two copies as attachments by e-mail to The first copy of your abstract should be an MS Word document with a DOC extension containing the following information: (1) author's name(s), (2) affiliation, and (3) email address. The second copy, to be used for the reviewing process, should be an anonymous PDF document, leaving your name, affiliation, and email address out of the abstract. We DO NOT accept submissions by postal mail. We will accept at most one single-authored work OR one joint-authored work by an individual.

Some of the papers presented at the symposium will be selected for publication in Studies in Chinese Linguistics, subject to double-blind peer review and the final decision of the editorial board.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submissions: February 17, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2012
Symposium: May 17, 2012

If you have further questions, please contact the organizing committee at

TTN Chinese Language Research Centre
Institute of Chinese Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Department of Chinese Language and Literature
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

United College
The Chinese University of Hong Kong