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January 27, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Bill Baxter

Sounds from the Ground: Recently Excavated Warring-States Texts and the Linguistic Reconstruction of Early Chinese

March 16, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Recent archaeological excavations from before 221 BCE (when China was unified under the Qín dynasty) have produced a large corpus of texts written on bamboo strips, whose script is significantly different from the standard script of later centuries. This talk will illustrate what these texts can tell us about the early pronunciation of the Chinese language.

Bill Baxter (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Linguistics) is a linguist specializing in the history of the Chinese language, and author of A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992). He is currently collaborating with Laurent Sagart (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) on an improved reconstruction of the pronunciation, vocabulary, and morphology of Old Chinese, the language of the pre-Qín period.

Posted by zzhu at January 27, 2010 03:07 PM