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The 20th Workshop on Cantonese (WOC-20)
Cantonese Grammar: Form, Meaning and Function
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Call for papers
First Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Twentieth Workshop on Cantonese (WOC-20) will be held via ZOOM on Saturday, June 6, 2020 (GMT 01:00 – 10:00; HKT 09:00 – 18:00). The workshop is jointly organized by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and the Department of English Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Baptist University.

This year is the 20th anniversary of WOC. To serve the aim of exploring interesting properties of Cantonese grammar, the theme of WOC-20 is set to be “Cantonese Grammar: Form, Meaning and Function”. Topics may relate to particular issues of any aspects of Cantonese Grammar, including but are not limited to the following aspects:

  • phonology/tone system
  • morphology/syntax
  • semantics/pragmatics
  • etc.

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks with 10 minutes for discussion. You can give your presentation in Cantonese, English or Mandarin. Abstracts may be written in Chinese or English and 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 submissions: May 4, 2020 (Monday)
Notification of acceptance: May 11, 2020 (Monday) (via e-mail)

If you have further questions, please contact Winnie Chor at: For details and updated information, please visit