Language and Linguistics
Lu Xun, who is considered one of the greatest writers of 20th Century China, became a sensation in the early 20th century because his writings so sharply criticized traditional Chinese …
Panelists: Eileen Cheng, Pomona CollegeDavid Damrosch, Harvard UniversityTheodore Huters, University of California Los AngelesYing Hu, University of California – Irvine Moderator:David Wang, Harvard University Venue
The Indigenous languages of Taiwan feature two patterns of morphological discrepancy. First, only some possess a symmetrical morphological paradigm associated with a phenomenon known as ‘noun-verb homophony’. Second, only a handful of the languages allow the Proto-Austronesian stative affix ma- to be used in a transitive clause. This talk addresses how these two foci of variation inform our understanding of the Austronesian diaspora and further explains how new comparative data on these phenomena offers a simpler answer to two ongoing debates in the field.