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Pang-Hsin Ting漢台語同源論的確證
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Professor Pang-Hsin Ting is an internationally renowned Chinese linguist. He received his BA and MA in Chinese Literature from National Taiwan University and PhD from the University of Washington at Seattle. He studied under the tutelage of Professor Tung T'ung-ho and Professor Li Fang-Kuei. He was Research Fellow, Chairman of the Linguistics Section, Acting Director, Director of the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica, and Professor of Chinese Linguistics at National Taiwan University (joint appointment) from 1975-1989. He was Professor of Chinese Linguistics at University of California at Berkeley from 1989-1994, and Agassiz Professor of Chinese Linguistics from 1994-1998. He was appointed as Dean of Humanities and Social Science and Professor of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology from 1996-2004. In 1986, he was elected as Member of Academic Sinica. He was elected as the President of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics in 1993, and Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America in 2000. In 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and received the 6th Distinguished Alumni Award from National Taiwan University in the same year.
Professor Ting specializes in the history of Chinese Language and Chinese Dialectology. He has published “Chinese Phonology of the Wei-Chin Period---Reconstruction of the Finals as Reflected in Poetry”, “The Tan Chou Ts'un-hua Dialect: Report on Hainan Dialects”, “丁邦新語言學論文集” (Selected Works of Ting Pang-Hsin on Linguistics), “The Suzhou Dialect at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century”, and ”中國語言學論文集”(Selected Works on Chinese Linguistics). He has translated “A Grammar of Spoken Chinese” by Yuen-Ren Chao and “A Handbook of Comparative Tai” by Fang-Kuei Li. He also edited “董同龢先生語言學論文選集” (Collection of Papers from Tung T’ung-ho), “Contemporary Studies on the Min dialects”, “Chinese Dialects and Historical Strata”, and “Complete Works of Li Fang-Kuei”.
Paul Jen-Kuei LiAnimals and Plants for the Formosan Natives
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Li, Paul Jen-kuei (李壬癸) is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Linguistics and Academician at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is a leading specialist on Formosan languages. He has made a lifelong study of all these languages, and has published 16 monographs, including dictionaries on the endangered Pazeh and Kavalan languages.
William S-Y. WangAncestry of Languages and of Peoples
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Professor William S-Y. Wang is Research Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, based in its Department of Electronic Engineering, and Director of the newly established Joint Research Center on Language and Human Complexity. He is also Professor Emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley (where he was Professor of Linguistics for 30 years), Honorary Professor at Peking University and at Beijing Language and Culture University. He is Editor of the Journal of Chinese Linguistics, which he founded in 1973. In 1992, he was elected President of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics at its formation. In the same year he was elected to the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Wang’s central interest is in language within an evolutionary perspective. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and the centers for advanced study at Bellagio, Kyoto, and Stanford. He has published some 200 papers and 10 books in diverse areas of theoretical and applied linguistics. These have appeared in general magazines, such as American Scientist, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Scientific American, etc., in specialized journals, such as Brain and Language, Diachronica, Language, Lingua, Language and Cognitive Processes Neuropsychologia, Journal of Phonetics, etc., and in various encyclopedias. His writings have been translated into many languages. He has lectured widely in America, Asia, and Europe.
Mark DonohueViews of East Asia from the east
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Professor Mark Donohue works on the Austronesian and Papuan languages of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, in which he has published extensively on issues of phonological and morphosyntactic analysis. Expanding his range, he has recently begun researching languages of the Himalayas. His interests in the social history of Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia, as revealed through areal linguistic research, both drive and inform his work on theories of language change. He is employed at The Australian National University. More information is available at: http://papuan.linguistics.anu.edu.au/Donohue/.
Weera OstapiratIssues on the Reconstruction and Affiliation of Proto-Miao-Yao
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Born in Bangkok, Professor Weera Ostapirat received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in Southeast Asian linguistics. His main interest and current research focus on the genetic relationship and the interaction among languages of southern China and mainland Southeast Asian area. His recent work includes Proto-Kra (Berkeley: Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area), Kra-Dai and Austronesian: notes on the phonological correspondences and vocabulary distribution (The peopling of East Asia: putting together archaeology, linguistics, and genetics, RoutledgeCurzon), and Linguistic interaction in South China: the case of Chinese, Tai and Miao-Yao (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka). He is currently working on a reconstruction of Proto-Kra-Dai, the ancestral language of Tai and its sister languages.
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