The 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4)

Cantonese Linguistics in the Pacific Rim: Theory and Applications

The 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4) will take place on June 23 and 24, 2018, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The conference focuses on new advances in Cantonese Linguistics, including new approaches to theory and data, methodologies, and applications. New research on geographical variations, overseas speaker communities, and pedagogical issues are especially welcome.


Conference venue:          Point Grey Campus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Conference email: 
Faculty co-chairs:           Raymond Pai and Qian Wang
Student chair:                  Zoe Lam
Organizing Committee: Marjorie Chan, Lauretta Cheng, Liam Doherty

Logo designed by: Honglin Du (都虹霖)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Molly BabelProfessor Dana Scott BourgerieProfessor Andy Chin
The University of British ColumbiaBrigham Young UniversityThe Education University of Hong Kong


2018.04.01: The program schedule is available below, and registration is open now. Please complete the registration form on this page by May 31.

2018.03.31: The program of our sister conference Cantonese Worlds 2 (June 21-22, before WICL-4) is available.

2018.03.20: We are recruiting volunteers. Please complete this form if you are interested in volunteering.

2018.02.01: Decision notices have been sent to all authors who submitted an abstract.

2017.11.30: Abstract submission has closed. Authors will receive acceptance/rejection notices in late January, 2018.


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The Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL) has been held every other year since the inaugural event held at the Ohio State University in 2012. You can visit this page to learn more about past WICLs.

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute oral presentations related to innovative research in any subfield of Cantonese linguistics and related disciplines. Submissions are limited to one single-authored paper and one joint-authored paper per person.

  • Abstracts must be written in English and on a single page, including examples, figures, key references, etc.
  • Prepare two copies of the abstract in PDF format, one containing the name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es); and the other (for anonymous review) identified by title only.
  • In the submission form, please provide the following information:
    • paper title
    • name(s) of author(s)
    • contact information (postal and email addresses)
    • affiliation(s)
    • status (student or non-student)
    • primary area(s) of linguistics addressed in the abstract (e.g., Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, etc.)

Deadline: November 30, 2017, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time

The submission deadline has already passed.

WICL-4 Abstract Submission Form

  • e.g. phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, etc.

Rates listed here are for reference only. Please click on the links to check the most up-to-date rates.

For presenting attendees
A block of rooms in UBC St John's College (C$85.5 per night) will be available for reservation in May. Please stay tuned for more details.

For non-presenting attendees
The following places are within walking distance of the conference venue:

Getting to UBC from the YVR Airport

Taxi: Taxis and wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area at YVR. The taxi fare from the YVR Airport to UBC is approx C$35 (tip not included). Check out the zone fare map here.

Public transit: You are recommended to get a Compass Card if you are going to use public transit often. From the YVR Airport, take the Canada Line and get off at Broadway-City Hall. After you exit the skytrain station, you will be at the southeastern corner of an intersection. Cross the street to the northwestern corner of the same intersection and take a bus (Route 99). UBC is the last stop.

Note that Uber is not available in Vancouver.

Check out this page for more information.

Getting to St John's College, UBC (recommended lodging)

The address of St John's College is 2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver BC V6T1Z4.
It takes approx. 15 minutes to walk from UBC Bus Exchange to St John's College.
Alternatively, you can take C18 from UBC Bus Exchange and get off at University Boulevard (the 3rd stop). Regular bus fares apply.

Here is another map showing the location of St John's College and parking spaces in UBC.

Getting to UBC Asian Centre (conference venue)

The address of UBC Asian Centre is 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. It is only 7 minutes' walk from UBC St John's College.


Parking info and rates can be found here. West Parkade is the closest spot near the event venue. Free parking can sometimes be found along NW Marine Drive near the Nitobe Garden.

Food on campus

Close to the event venue:

Within UBC but not super close to the event venue:

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Things to do in UBC

More recommendations can be found here.

Things to do in Vancouver

  • Stanley Park - a 400-hectare park where the Vancouver Aquarium is located
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge - a popular attraction in North Vancouver
  • Grouse Mountain - go for a challenging hike OR take the cable car (known as "gondola") up to enjoy a bird's view of Vancouver and say hi to grizzly bears
  • Queen Elizabeth Park - free entrance, beautiful plants, stunning view of Vancouver skyline

More recommendations can be found here.