linguistics

At 105, Celebrated Chinese Linguist Now A Dissident

NPR’s Louisa Lim talks to Zhou Youguang about the changes he has witnessed and those he still hopes to see. Born in 1906, Zhou became friends with Einstein while living in the US, and “father of pinyin” after...

China and Taiwan to Publish ‘First Joint Dictionary’

A new project, the Great Chinese Dictionary, is underway to ease cross-Straits linguistic confusion. BBC News reports on this dictionary, and the linguistic drift that has developed between mainland and Taiwanese Chinese: There...

China to Issue New List of Simplified Chinese Characters

Scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will soon release a set of revised simplified Chinese characters for adoption. From Xinhua: For the first time in nearly 20 years, China will issue a modified list of simplified...

Dan Bloom: For linguistics scholar in Taiwan, Yiddish is more than just shtick

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: S.H. Chang is a Yiddish specialist at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Taiwan. She may be one of a kind ” after all, you don’t find many Chinese academics in Taiwan studying and writing about Yiddish. A soft-spoken Taiwanese woman in her early 30s who has written about and […]

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