The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax

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Date & Time

June 27-28, 2019


Palacký University, Univerzitní 3, Auditorium 225, Olomouc, Czech Republic


The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax will be held on 27-28 June, 2019, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. . It aims to provide a forum for researchers to meet and discuss current development in Cantonese Syntax and to promote the study of Cantonese syntax in Central Europe.


Prof. Lisa Lai-shen Cheng (Leiden University)
Prof. Thomas Hun-Tak Lee (Tianjin Normal University/The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Prof. Rint Sybesma (Leiden University)
Prof. Sze-Wing Tang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Important dates

  • Abstract submission opens: October 12, 2018
  • Abstract submission deadline: December 20, 2018
  • Abstract decision notification: February 20, 2019
  • Registration deadline: April 20, 2019
  • Conference date: June 27-28, 2019


09:00 – 10:00Sze-Wing Tang (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
(M: Joanna Sio)On the hierarchical structure of Cantonese sentence-final particles
10:00 – 10:15Coffee break
10:15 – 10:45John Wakefield (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
(M: Joanna Sio)Proposing a syntax of Cantonese particles on a universal spine
10:45 – 11:15Tommi Leung (United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates)
(M: Joanna Sio)How syntactic can Cantonese interjections be?
11:15 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00Cindy Wan Yee Lau (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
(M: Thomas Lee)Ex-situ wh—phrases in Cantonese
12:00 – 12:30Michael Barrie (Sogang University, South Korea)
(M: Thomas Lee)A devil of a question in Cantonese
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:30Bahareh Samimi (Université de Genève, Switzerland) and Fuqiang Li (Beijing Language and Culture University, China)
(M: Lisa Cheng)A double-headed analysis of the Chinese relative clause
14:30 – 15:00Jiaying Huang (Univerisity of Paris Diderot, France)
(M: Lisa Cheng)Relative clauses in Cantonese
15:00 – 15:15Coffee break
15:15 – 16:15Rint Sybesma (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
(M: Joanna Sio)A Cantonese perspective on the head and the tail of the structure of the verbal domain
16:15 – 18:00Reception (Konvikt Garden)
09:00 – 10:00Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
(M: Joanna Sio)Verb stranding ellipsis: evidence from Cantonese
10:00 – 10:15Coffee break
10:15 – 10:45Sheila S.L. Chan and Lawrence Y. Cheung (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
(M: Rint Sybesma)Morpho-syntax of non-VO separable compound verbs in Cantonese
10:45 – 11:15Charles Lam (The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
(M: Rint Sybesma)The V-one-V construction in Cantonese
11:15 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00Hilario de Sousa (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands)
(M: Sze-Wing Tang)Some aspect & related markings in Nanning Cantonese & Nanning Pinghua
12:00 – 12:30Joanna Sio Ut-Seong (Palacký University, the Czech Republic)
(M: Sze-Wing Tang)The two types of post-verbal can1 in Cantonese
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Thomas Lee Hun-Tak (Tianjin Normal University, China/Chinese University of Hong Kong)
(M: Joanna Sio)Verb suffix as universal quantifier: the logical properties of ‘saai‘ revisited
15:00 – 16:30City (walking) tour
16:30 – 18:00Brewery tour: Chomutov Brewery
18:30 – 20:30Dinner: Garden restaurant Pracharna