LLDC3 – 31 May 2022

Third Leiden Linguistic Diversity Colloquium

 

Language diversity in China

 

Jeroen Wiedenhof

LUCL, Universiteit Leiden

Overview

1. Linguistic diversity
2. Topics
3. What I can offer

1. Linguistic diversity

a world of languages

 

 

 

 

 

2. "Topics"

in terms of fields

 

– rather than: languages in China

  • semantics
  • phonetics
  • phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • lexicon

 

– as in: a linguistic approach to Chinese writing

  • developments in the Chinese character script,
  • its influence on other writing systems,
  • the impact of printing and digital revolutions
  • alternative written modes in the sinophone world
  • ludic writing
  • alphabetical orthographies
  • linguistic systems of transcription

 

– language as a biological system

  • Darwinian mechanisms in linguistic variation
  • the semantic origins of syntax
  • neurological memetics

 

 

3. What I can offer

teaching philosophy:

 

In three consecutive steps:

  • Original observation(s)
  • Research question(s)
  • Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 31 May 2022