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The 12th Workshop on Cantonese
"Sentences" in Cantonese: from a cross-dialectal perspective
February 25, 2012

Call for papers
First Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Twelfth Workshop on Cantonese (WOC-12) will be held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The theme of this workshop is "'Sentences' in Cantonese: from a cross-dialectal perspective”. Potential issues to be addressed are::

  • How can one define "sentences" in Cantonese as a spoken language? What is the significance behind such a definition?
  • Apart from appealing to sentence-initial and sentence-final particles, how does phonology help in defining a "discoursal sentence"?
  • In what way does the definition of "discoursal sentences" affect definitions of other structural units, for instance, "topics"?

Discussions are not restricted to the above issues. Papers on other theoretical aspects of Cantonese and comparative studies between Cantonese and other dialects are also welcome. Each presentation is tentatively allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Languages used at the Workshop can be Cantonese, Mandarin, or English. Abstracts written in Chinese or English should be limited to one A4 page, with the name(s) of author(s), affiliation and e-mail address(es). Abstracts in DOC format should be sent to:

Please note the following important dates:
Deadline for submission: January 16, 2012 (Monday)
Notification of acceptance (via e-mail): February 3, 2012 (Friday).

If you have further questions, please contact Sze-Wing Tang at For details and updated information of the workshop, please visit: WOC-12 is organized by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and co-organized by the TTN Chinese Language Research Centre of the Institute of Chinese Studies and the Research Centre for Cantonese of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.