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LINGUIST List 20.4074

Sun Nov 29 2009

Calls: Applied Ling, Lang Acquisition, General Ling/China

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Istvan Kecskes, Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research

Message 1: Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research
Date: 29-Nov-2009
From: Istvan Kecskes <ikecskesuamail.albany.edu>
Subject: Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research
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Full Title: Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research
Short Title: CASLAR

Date: 27-Aug-2010 - 29-Aug-2010
Location: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Contact Person: Jianbin Huang
Meeting Email: CASLAR2010163.com
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General
Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2010

Meeting Description:

With rapidly growing interest in Chinese as a second language in the world
scholars and institutions involved in the study of Chinese as a second language
have a very important task. They should transform a field from a primarily
experienced-and practice-based discipline into a discipline based on and
supported by research and theory. Therefore the goal of the conference is to
bring together scholars from all over the world whose research focuses on the
acquisition, development and use of Chinese as a second language to survey
available knowledge in the field, exchange ideas and initiate research projects.
The keynote speakers will be leading national and international scholars.

Call for Papers

CASLAR 2010 invites proposals for presentations that are related to research,
and theory in any area of Chinese as a Second Language (CSL). Those wishing to
participate should prepare abstracts for 20 minute presentations (15 minutes
plus 5 minute Q & A). Below there are some suggested categories for topics,
though submissions need not be limited to these.

Suggested Topic Areas:
- Acquisition and development of CSL,
- Pragmatics of using Chinese as a second language,
- Assessment of proficiency in CSL,
- Application of linguistic theories to Chinese L2 data,
- Cognitive aspects of CSL acquisition,
- Technology and CSL,
- Computer-mediated communication in CSL,
- Acquisition of Chinese grammar,
- Vocabulary studies,
- Discourse in CSL,
- Designing materials for CSL instruction,
- Conceptual socialization in the process of developing CSL
- Character acquisition and recognition,
- Motivation to learn Chinese,
- Effect of CSL on L1,
- Role of culture in the acquisition of CSL,
- Teaching Chinese as a second / foreign language

Submissions are to be made by email (see below) and should include the following
two attached documents:

Document 1: Author(s) information
- For each author: last name, first name, affiliation, country
- E-mail address of the contact author
- Title of proposed presentation

Document 2: Abstract
- Abstracts should be written in English. Abstract length: 500 words
- Use Microsoft Word, 11-point Times New Roman, single-spacing, justified left
and right 1 inch margins.
- The abstract should summarize the purpose of the study, methods, main results,
and implications.

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to:

Language of the conference will be
1) English, because the main goal of the conference is to survey and disseminate
available knowledge in the field of Chinese as a Second Language Research in the
world. Only papers in English will be considered for the representative volume
of selected papers titled: 'Research in Chinese as a Second Language' to be
published by Mouton de Gruyter, and also for the proceedings to be published by
Zhejiang University.
2) Chinese, for experts in China who are teaching Chinese as a second language
or doing research in this field. Papers in Chinese can be considered only for
the proceedings to be published by Zhejiang University.

Deadline: February 28th 2010.
In the subject line of the e-mail, please write: CASLAR abstract +Your Name

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Hongyin Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Li Wei, University of London
Professor Istvan Kecskes, State University of New York, Albany

Important Dates:
- Abstract Submissions Due: February 28, 2010
- Acceptance Notification (by email): April 1, 2010
- Conference Dates: August 27-29, 2010
- Full Paper Submissions (for both volumes) Due: December 31, 2010

Contact persons:
Prof. Huang Jianbin
Miss Xu Ying
Miss Tian Minjie

Conference website:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Zhejiang University
Center for the Study of Language and Cognition, Zhejiang University

Conference Co-Chairs:
Professor Huang Huaxin, Director, Center for the Study of Language and
Cognition, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, PR China
Professor Istvan Kecskes, Editor-in-Chief of Intercultural Pragmatics, State
University of New York, Albany, USA
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