META-UNIT 2: Linguistics
The rise of China is not only an economic but also an linguistic one. Over centuries repeated Chinese military invasions and economic trade expansions went out into external linguistic worlds such as aboriginal Taiwan, Amdo and Kam and other Tibetian speaking communities, Mongolian, Turkic and Persophone communities one upon the other, creating a unique blend which can be regarded as a linguistic laboratory. The Meta Unit will combine all linguistic oriented Dialogue Units (DU 2 Tibet Chinese Borders, DU 1 Formosan aboriginal languages) into one methodological Unit and mine the accumulated linguistic data over the last two years of the project.
The linguistic team will mine the gathered linguistic data over the last two years of the project. They will describe the influence of Chinese on the languages which it neighbours on the border of the Sinophone area and the influences on individual Chinese dialects and the Chinese standard. Attention will be paid to lexical loanwords, to the influence of the graphics of the languages with non-logographic writing systems on Chinese and the Chinese text, to phonological and morphosyntactic analogies, etc. The team will also describe pidgin and creole language systems formed in contact with the Sinophone area.
Joanna Ut-Seong Sio, Ph.D.
Mgr. Dan Faltýnek, Ph.D.