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International Symposium on Language Sciences (ISLS):
Interdisciplinary Research and the Legacy of Yuen Ren Chao

語言科學國際研討會:趙元任學術思想與跨學科研究

(10-11 May 2024)

 

Introduction
The Faculty of Humanities at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), in collaboration with the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies and the Department of English and Communication, is pleased to announce the International Symposium on Language Sciences (ISLS): Interdisciplinary Research and the Legacy of Yuen Ren Chao. The symposium will take place on 10-11 May 2024 (Friday and Saturday) at PolyU in Hong Kong.

About the Organiser

The Faculty of Humanities of PolyU is dedicated to fostering collaboration between language, history, culture, communication, and technology in both education and research. With a broad scope that encompasses various areas of language science, the Faculty has a distinguished team of scholars and researchers specialising in linguistics, language technologies, Chinese-English bilingual studies and translation, and intercultural communication. Our scholars ardently pursue language science research and contribute to language education. As the initiator and host of the Symposium, it exemplifies the Faculty’s commitment to uphold the PolyU motto, “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”. By actively engaging in knowledge discovery, knowledge transfer, and social advancement, the Faculty aims to make significant contributions to the progress of society.

Objectives and aims
The ISLS aims to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogues and the exchange of ideas among leading scholars, researchers, students, and professionals in the fields of linguistics and language sciences. The symposium will foster the exploration of novel concepts, the sharing of research findings, and the establishment of professional connections. Additionally, it seeks to inspire future generations of linguists and language science researchers to continue advancing these fields. The symposium also intends to pay tribute to the remarkable contributions of Professor Yuen Ren Chao in language sciences.

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Prof. CUI Xiliang

Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

  • Beijing Language and Culture University
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Prof. LUKE Kang Kwong Kapathy

President’s Chair Professor of Linguistics

  • Nanyang Technological University
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Prof. Alain PEYRAUBE

Chair Professor of Chinese Linguistics

  • Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
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Prof. SUN Chaofen

Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

  • Stanford University
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Prof. Ovid Jyh-Lang TZENG

Academician of Academia Sinica

  • Academia Sinica

All proposals will undergo a review process. Multiple proposals may be submitted, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

Authors are advised to consider the following criteria, which will be used as the basis for selection:

  • Originality of the topic and its relevance to the Symposium
  • Background contextualisation of the study
  • Coherence and alignment between the title and content of the proposal
  • Theoretical and methodological appropriateness
  • Clarity of claims and their relevance to the conference

Notifications regarding acceptance or rejection will be sent out in mid-February 2024. If a proposal is formally accepted, the responsible (presenting) authors must register for the symposium before the registration deadline. 

Awards

An application for awards is not necessary as the organiser will evaluate and select the recipients of awards through the assessment of proposals and presentations. The assessment will be mainly based on the abstract and presentations.

Registration & Fees

Presenters: The Call for Papers is now closed.
General participants: Please click here to register.
  • Category A: Oral paper, poster and roundtable presenters (excluding those in Category B): HK$2,500
  • Category B: Postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, other students and general participants (non-presenters): HK$1,000
  • Registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Access to all keynote and presentation sessions of the Symposium
  • Networking lunches and refreshments at the Symposium; and
  • Gala dinner cum Chao Prize Award Presentation Ceremony.
  • Early-bird Registration: Participants who register on or before 1 March 2024 will enjoy a 20% discount on the registration fees.
  • Group Registration: Group registrations from the same institution/organisation with three or more participants can enjoy a 20% discount on the registration fees.


Enquiry: fh.events@polyu.edu.hk


*The Symposium details are subject to change.

Hong Kong offers visa-free visits for nationals of many countries to stay for a limited period. To determine if you require a visa to visit Hong Kong, please refer to the webpage for more information (Part II point 12).

Here are some of the hotels near PolyU. Please contact the hotel directly for room reservation.

  1. Harbour Plaza Metropolis (map)
  2. Hotel ICON (map)
  3. InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong (map)
  4. Regal Kowloon Hotel (map)
  5. The Royal Garden (map)

Address: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (map)

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