Southern Institute of Chinese Linguistics, a joint initiative of Sun Yat-sen University, the CUHK, and University of Macau, is organised by the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao University Alliance for Chinese (GHMUAC) with the aim of promoting Chinese linguistics and serving as a platform for intellectual exchange among colleagues and students of the field based in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area).
The First Southern Institute of Chinese Linguistics was hosted by the Department of Chinese at Sun Yat-sen University, jointly co-organised by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and the T. T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre of the Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK. It was held on 5–14 December 2020 through video conferencing.
Focusing on different aspects of Chinese linguistics, the 14 lectures of the Institute attracted an enrolment of more than a thousand people from and beyond the Greater Bay Area. It achieved the mission of the Institute that is mainly open to colleagues and students based in the Greater Bay Area while also welcomes those beyond. Also implemented was the motto of the Institute: “Precious is to appreciate cultures of others as one appreciates one’s own. Through mutual understanding of diversity, the world will be a harmonious and united one.”