The 1st “Chinese and Tibetan Language Research Methods Summer Vacation Workshop” and the “Tibetan Language Linguistic Symposium” Were Held at Nankai University 2016.09.23

The 1st “Chinese and Tibetan Language Research Methods Summer Vacation Workshop” and the “Tibetan Language Linguistic Symposium” were held at Nankai University’s School of Literature. Chen Hong, Director of the Chinese Specialized Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, Chairman of Tianjin Literary and Art Federation, and Vice Director of Nankai University’s Academic Committee, Shen Liyan, President of Nankai University’s School of Literature, Mary S. Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Shi Feng, Director of Nankai University’s Linguistics Institute, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. 

More than 30 experts on Tibetan research and scholars participated in the meetings: many of them came from national comprehensive universities and social science institutes, or from regional universities for nationalities and social science research institutes. 

The 1st “Chinese and Tibetan Language Research Methods Summer Vacation Workshop” lasted 13 days, from August 21st to September 2nd. After a long process composed by tutors’ recommendation, students’ application, screening and enrollment, 38 Ph.D. students from different national universities for nationalities, linguistics researchers, and students from different majors of Nankai University’s Ph.D. programs participated in the workshop. 9 well-known international and national scholars specialized in the research on Chinese and Tibetan language from famous universities and research institutes worked as supervisors. Many of the professors were overseas top scholars, such as Prof. Scott Delancey, expert on typology and historical linguistics of Tibeto-Burman languages as well as Plateau Penutian and Director of University of Oregon’s Linguistics Department, Prof. George van Driem, Chief of University of Berne’s Linguistics Institute, and Prof. Mary S. Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  

The workshop concentrated on different language analysis methods, historical linguistics, historical comparisons between Chinese and Tibetan language, Tibeto-Burman frontier research, fieldwork techniques, experimental linguistics, International Phonetic Alphabet, common applications of language software, language recording and archiving technologies, and other topics. Professors and students jointly organized workshops, seminars, and practical activities focused on language analysis methods. During the meeting, many important experts on the Tibetan language delivered high-level academic speeches for the students of the workshop. 

The 1st summer vacation workshop and the “Tibetan linguistic meeting” have been the first cooperative project organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the Educational and Academic Cooperative Program. The workshops are important academic activities for Nankai University’s School of Literature because they enhance international cooperation and improve the process of globalization. 

Reported by Xiang Xun
Translated by Fu Linya
Proofread by Letizia Vallini



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