Panel 6: Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West

Date & Time: Thursday, 7.04.2016; 14.0018.00

Location: Lossi 3-307

Panel Convener:

Gao Jingyi (University of Tartu, Estonia),

Guest Moderator:

Zhang Daqiu (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China; Tallinn University, Estonia)


Chinese language studies are based on the traditional language studies of China, namely the primary studies (小學). It has been a consecutively developed field of knowledge since the 3rd century B.C.E. The European missionaries started to study the Chinese language in the Western way since the 16th century. The Western systematic language studies entered China at the end of the 19th  century in the form of modern linguistics led by structural linguistics. Since then, Western linguistics has influenced Chinese language studies both positively and negatively. We shall discuss several essentials of the Chinese language studies in connection with the West.

Panelists (click on the title for an abstract):

Part 1 (14.0015.40):

  1. Sun Yuwen (Peking University, China) “Critical Comments on the Reconstruction of Archaic Chinese Affixes”
  2. Zhang Minquan (Communication University of China, Beijing) “A Critical Review of the Sino-Tibetan Hypothesis and its Research Methodology”
  3. Gao Jingyi (University of Tartu, Estonia) “Sinitic and Uralic Shared Etymologies with Rhyme Correspondences: On Finnish -anta, -iele, -uku and -ietä Rhymes”

Part 2 (16.0018.00):

  1. Wang Weimin and Qiao Quansheng (Shanxi University, China) “The Influence of Thomas Meadows’ Mandarin Orthography on Thomas Wade’s Mandarin Orthography”
  2. Zheng Linxiao (Renmin University, Beijing, China) “A Study on the Phonology of Woo-chay-yun-foo by Robert Morrison”
  3. Li Jianqiang (Renmin University, Beijing, China) “On the Pronunciation of Sanskrit aksạra jña Based on the Transcriptial Material of Hṛdaya Sūtra and Others”
  4. Zhang Daqiu (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China; Tallinn University, Estonia) “Is xìng in the Question nín guì xìng a Verb in Mandarin Chinese?”
  5. Wang Rudong (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China; Tallinn University, Estonia) “A Contrastive Study of Mandarin shì and Estonian ole- in Grammar”