Sixth Workshop on Sino-Tibetan Languages of Southwest China

About the Workshop

About the Workshop

As is widely known, the southwest part of China includes affluent languages apart from Mandarin Chinese: Tibeto-Burman, Tai-Kadai, Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien, etc. Such non-Chinese languages exhibit many interesting features from typological viewpoints; phonotactics, phonetic features, tone alternation, phonation, word order, case-marking, pronominalization, nominalization, relativization, egophoricity, aspectuality, evidentiality, etc. At the same time, however, many such languages are not well described even though they are threatened to be endangered or language extinct.

This workshop was first held by the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica in 2008, focusing on the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in Sichuan Province. It aims to strengthen the collaborative relationship among international researchers. After that conference, the second workshop (2010) was held by Peking University and the third (2013) by Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) with the name of the workshop converted into “The workshop on Sino-Tibetan languages in Sichuan”.

The fourth workshop (2016) was held by University of Washington with its scope expanded as “Sino-Tibetan Languages in Southwest China”, which was also inherited in the fifth workshop held by Nankai University in 2019. For more details in the previous workshops, please visit the following website:

The sixth workshop will be held at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan, which is located in the west side of Kobe City in September, 2021. We welcome all the linguists who are engaged and/or interested in the Sino-Tibetan languages of Southwest China, and hope to have fruitful discussions for the future prospects!

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