International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese — Written and Spoken
Organizer: Richard VanNess Simmons, Rutgers University
March 11, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Alexander Library Room 403 Lecture Hall, CAC
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Murray Hall 302, Plangere Room, CAC
March 12, 2016 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center, Douglass
Issues and Topics to be explored will include:
- The history of China's colloquial literary languages: Guānhuà and Báihuà as reflected in literature such as vernacular fiction, and phonological texts such as rime tables.
- The standard regional languages and prestige dialects of the past, with particular attention to the history of Mandarin and its influence on other dialects.
- The influence of historical forms of spoken Chinese and Chinese dialects on written Chinese.
- Proto-dialects and supra-regional common languages (koinés), and their relationship to spoken dialects.
- Dialect etymologies and historical grammatical structures and their evolution.
- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, USA (蔣經國國際學術交流基金會)
- Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
- Rutgers University Department of Asian Languages and Cultures