February in 2012
- Joint-Seminar on "Linguistic perspectives on the history of Southeast
Asia:Rethinking the potential of historical linguistics within Area Studies"
- This is an announcement of joint seminar of Center for Southeast Asian
Studies and Hakubi Project, Kyoto University on "Linguistic perspectives
on the history of Southeast Asia:Rethinking the potential of historical
linguistics within Area Studies".
- Date：February 24, 2012 9:30-18:00
- Place：Meeting room on the 2nd floor of Main building, iCeMS Complex 1, Kyoto
- Program： PDF
- (1)Speaker: Dr. James Matisoff, University of California, Berkeley
Title: "The present state of Sino-Tibetan studies: Progress and outstanding
- (2)Speaker: Dr. Gerard Diffloth Ecole Francaise d'extreme-orient, Siem
Title: "Higher grouping in the Austroasiatic family and its historical
- (3)Speaker: Dr. James Chamberlain, Mahasarakham University
Title: "Comparative Tai-Kadai, proto-zoology and regional history"
- (4)Speaker: Dr. Alexander Adelaar, University of Melbourne
Title: "Austronesian subgrouping and migrations, with special reference
- (5)Speaker: Dr.Weera Ostapirat, Mahidol University
Title: "The Comparative Method and its linguistic implications for
the history and prehistory of Southeast Asia"
Historical linguistics is the study of language change, and provides a
dynamic perspective on social change and cultural interaction over time.
Languages themselves can be analyzed as ‘historical documents’. Historical
linguists use both written records and spoken language to identify patterns
of linguistic change, reconstruct the pre-history of languages, and establish
relationships between languages. In doing this, historical linguistics
has contributed to our understanding of ethnicity, population migrations,
historical homelands and the nature and timing of cultural development
Speakers of five major linguistic families - Sino-Tibetan, Austronesian,
Austroasiatic, Tai-Kadai, and Hmong-Mien - have been moving and interacting
through the region to produce the social mosaics in which Southeast Asianists
currently work. This symposium brings together five preeminent scholars
of historical linguistics in the Southeast Asian region. The group represents
a deep base of knowledge spanning the major language families of the region,
along with a range of perspectives on the application of historical linguistics
to understanding the Southeast Asian region. This is a rare opportunity
to interact with some of the leaders in this field, and a valuable chance
to explore the potential synergies between historical linguistics and area
- Contact： Nathan Badenoch (CSEAS)
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