Cantonese Language Association


CLA Newsletter Volume 1.2 December 1994


Message from the General Secretary

Since the first issue of this newsletter the Cantonese Language Association has seen much growth and many have expressed interest in CLA. In conjunction with the Chinese Language Teachers Association conference in Atlanta, GA this past November, we convened a business meeting. In that meeting we welcomed new members and discussed future directions of the Association. Below are some current membership statistics:

Because of the considerable growth in membership since the first issue of the newsletter, we have included an updated membership directory with this issue. Henceforth, we plan to provide an update yearly. A list will also be maintained on the new CLA World Wide Web Home page (see Announcement Section this issue). We invite those interested individuals to formally join the association by filling out the membership form in the back of this newsletter.

With Samuel Cheung's term coming due this year we will be taking nominations for a new board member this year for a three year term. According to CLA bylaws, members are elected for a three year term, once renewable. Any member in good standing may nominate another CLA member by contacting the General Secretary. Elections will be carried out by mail a month or two before this year's business meeting to be held in conjunction with CLTA in Anaheim, California.

We welcome your participation in the association and in this newsletter. Please forward any items that you think would be of interest to the group for consideration in the next newletter.

Best Wishes.

Dana Bourgerie
Editor and CLA General Secretary


Recently Published Resources On Cantonese

CAL Cantonese Materials Data Base

The Center for Applied Linguistics has recently compiled an extensive Cantonese materials bibliography. Those who are interested in obtaining a copy should contact Jennifer Anderson or Maria Vouras at (703) 312-7052. Ask for a printout of Cantonese materials from the Language Materials Database.

Radical Index for Lau Dictionary

Jim Dew has published his Radical Index for Sidney Lau's Practical Cantonese-English Dictionary. The index contains the 3,604 main entry characters of the dictionary, 220 of the alternate forms that appear in parentheses after some of the main entry characters, and 74 additional characters that do not have entries of their own but occur in secondary entry compounds. It is ordered by Kangxi radical and stroke count. Each index entry gives character, pronunciation and dictionary entry number. 6 + 38 pp. Copies may be obtained by sending a check and your address to: James E. Dew P.O. Box 117-724 Taipei, Taiwan Cost, including shipping as below:

"I will mail the index on receipt of your check but will not deposit your check until you notify me that you have received the index." Inquiries may be sent to the above address or to:

Cantonese Reference Grammar

This book was published by Routledge in Fall 1994 under the title, Cantonese: a Comprehensive Grammar, by Stephen Matthews Virginia Yip. It is primarily a learners' reference book, though in the absence of more detailed materials it should also be of interest to linguists working on Cantonese or Chinese dialectology. The book uses the Yale system, with slight modifications, and focuses on colloquial spoken Cantonese. It could be used in intermediate or advanced courses in conjunction with textbooks such as Speak Cantonese or Colloquial Cantonese. The ISBN no. is 0-415-08945-X, US list price $29.95 (paperback, 429pp.). Teachers may order desk copies from:

Routledge Inc., 29 West 35th Street New York, NY 10001 Tel: (212) 244-3336 Fax: (212) 563-2269

Yue Dialects Bibliography

The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong has recently published an exhaustive bibliography of Yue dialect studies which includes entries of both applied and theoretical interest. The bibliographic information is as below:

Cheung, Yat-Shing and Yue'en Gan. 1993. A Bibliography of Yue Dialect Studies . Hong Kong: Linguists Society of Hong Kong. 124 + 60 pp. ISBN962-7578-03-7 G.P.O. Box 9772, Hong Kong


CLA World Wide Web Home Page

CLA now has a CLA World Wide Web Home Page. The home page initially will include the following:


The site will be up by the end of February. The address will be as follows: For those of you who are not familiar with World Wide Web , it is a graphical, menu-based interface to the Internet. Even those among you who are not particularly fond of computers will find it easy to use. There are two different software programs widely available to access the Web. The software should available from most college and university computing centers. Most centers also offer training and help in getting started.

Chao Yuen Ren Society

The Chao Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Dialect Fieldwork will meet at the Marriott hotel March 27, 1995 in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. The society will meet in conjunction with the 205th meeting of the American Oriental Society. For more information contact:

The Chao Yuen Ren Society Attn: David Prager Branner Asian Languages and Literature, DO-21 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195


Research Project in Chinese Dialects

Call for Participation

Interested speakers of the following dialects with a good command of English, please contact Dr. Weiping Wu for possible participation in a research project by the Second Language Testing Inc. (SLTI), a private research institution specializing in projects related to various language tests.


People with background in English and linguistics, or those who have been working for the government in language-related projects are particularly encouraged to send in your resumes with a brief description of work you have done for the government, such as material development, court interpreting and teaching, (either directly as a contract linguist or through a language company). Weiping Wu Project Manager, SLTI 1121 Arlington Blvd. #515 Arlington, VA 22209 Tel: (202) 429-9292 Fax: (703) 525-1152 Email:


News of Recent Conference

The International Conference on Lingnan Culture

The International Conference on Lingnan Culture was held at the Hong Kong University from December 12-14, 1994 and at Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, PRC, from December 15-16. Sponsored by the Centre of Asian Studies, Hong Kong University, the conference attracted many local participants from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the PRC, including prominent scholars and dignitaries, and subvented the attendance of academicians and community leaders from Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the United States. The thrust of the conference was history: historical geography, political history, literary history, and historical biography. A recurrent problem under discussion was the definition of Lingnan culture. Historically, the term incorporated the region "South of the Ridges", including modern Guangdong, eastern Guangxi, and parts of Fujian. Current practice limits the term to Cantonese culture.

David B. Honey Brigham Young University

Report on ICCL-3 Cantonese papers

The following are Cantonese-related papers from the program of the Third International Conference on Chinese Linguistics held this past July in Hong Kong. Final parentheses indicate language of presentation:

C = Cantonese, E = English, M = Mandarin.



Cantonese Programs Around the World

The following is a list of programs in Cantonese according to CLA records. Please send any additions or corrections to the CLA general secretary.

University of Queensland
Simon Frazier University
British Columbia
Leiden Univeristy
Lund University
Lund, Sweden
School of Oriental and African Studies
London, England
Jinan University
Zhongshan University
Huanan University
Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
(formerly City Polytechnic of Hong Kong)
4B, Blk 10, Tak Chee Yuen
88 Tat Chee Ave.
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
(formerly Hong Kong Polytechnic)
Dept. of Chinese, Translation Interp.
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong
(New Asia/Yale-in -China)
Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong
Hong Kong University
(i) Language Centre
(ii) School of Professional
(iii) Continuing Education (SPACE)
Pok Fu Lam Road
Hong Kong
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Language Centre
University of Science Tech.
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
United States
Georgetown University
Department of Chinese and Japanese
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
U.C., Davis
Asian American Studies
Davis, CA 95616
Brigham Young University
Asian and Near Eastern Languages
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Cornell University
Department of Asian Languages
Ithaca, NY 14850
Foreign Service Institute
Asian Languages Section
4000 Arlington Blvd. Room F4629
Arlington, VA 22204-1500
Harvard University
Department of Asian Languages
Cambridge, MA 02138
Indiana University
Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Sacremento City College
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95822
San Francisco City College
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94116
San Jose State University
Department of Asian Languages
San Jose , CA 95192
Fax: (408) 867-9235
University of Hawaii
Department of Asian Languages
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96848

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