Linguistic & Literature Reading Group
The linguistic division of the group focuses on the study of languages within China and in countries that are/had been in contact with China both geographically or historically, including Sino-Tibetan languages and Austronesian languages, to name a few. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are adopted in our linguistic research covering areas such as lexicology, formal theoretical linguistics, historical linguistics, language contact, sociolinguistics, language documentation and revival as well as computational linguistics.
The literature division focuses, basically, on exploring cultural and textual practices related to the construction of identity. Its members explore the process of creation of national identities in interaction with Chinese culture, the representation and textual construction of the Chinese empire in the Early Modern period, and the naming practices and its relation to identity.
Karl Alexander Adelaar
Joanna Ut-Seong Sio