FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: “What You Need to Know about Chinese….” by Prof. Huang Churen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China


7 Nov 2016





In this lecture, a few less known facts about the Chinese language that should be relevant in translation and comparative studies will be introduced. Chinese, just like other languages, is a rich ontological system bearing linguistic conventions, shared knowledge, and cultural heritage. The richness of Chinese is enhanced by its long and unbroken tradition of writing and by its being the common orthography and written record for different people with diversified cultural and linguistic backgrounds. As a first step to delve into this rich system, I offer an eclectic view of some important characteristics of Chinese: from an ontological view of the Chinese writing system; to several intriguing features of Chinese challenging traditional modular view on grammar; and to some unique metaphors in Chinese. The lecture will end with a short discussion of how characteristics of Chinese were exploited in two short bilingual Children’s books.



Chu-Ren Huang 黃居仁 is a chair professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his PhD in linguistics from Cornell in 1987 and a Docteur Honoris Causa in the humanities from Aix-Marseille University in 2013. He is a Fellow as well as President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities; and a permanent member of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics. Before joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to serve as Dean for the Faculty of Humanities for the past 6 years, he was with Academia Sinica in Taiwan for the past 22 years. In Taiwan, he spearheaded the development of corpus and computational linguistics and introduced several new linguistic theories such LFG, GPSG, and HPSG. He also lead the construction of language resources such as CKIP Lexicon, Sinica Corpus, Sinica Treebank, Sinica BOW, Chinese WordNet, and Hantology. He is editor in chief of Lingua Sinica, Cambridge Studies in Natural Language Processing, Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics, Studies in East Asian Linguistics and The Humanities in Asia.  He also serve as associate editor for Journal of Chinese Linguistics and Lexicography, as well as editorial board members for other journals in related areas. His publication includes 23 book or edited volumes, 10 online and 12 licensable language resources, over 160 journal articles or book chapters, and over 420 refereed conference papers. His recent books include A Reference Grammar of Chinese (Cambridge), and Ontology and the Lexicon (Cambridge). His upcoming books and edited volumes include Mandarin Chinese Words and Parts of Speech: A corpus-based study (Routledge), Computer Processing of Chinese (Cambridge), Digital Humanities: Bridging the Divide (Springer), Routledge Handbook in Chinese Applied Linguistics (Routledge), and Generative Lexicon Studies in Chinese (Commercial Press, in Chinese).


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