Linguistics Workshop: Language, Genes and Prehistory

Language, genes and prehistory: A One-Day Interdisciplinary Workshop Linguistics and genetics have traditionally pursued different approaches to the reconstruction of human prehistories, applying different methods and often working at different time-scales (Blench, Ross and Sanchez-Mazas 2008). In recent years, however, research has emerged which attempts a direct correlation of linguistic and genetic indicators of population …

Linguistics: How tea changed China and how China changed tea

Public Lecture Followed by Book Launch How tea changed China and how China changed tea China owes her very existence to tea. During the late Táng and the Sòng dynasty periods, China traded tea with Tibet, the Tangut kingdom and the Uighur khaganate in order to secure horses for her cavalry. Chinese horsemen never became …

Linguistics Seminar: Audio-visual facilitation of children’s speech processing

Audio-visual facilitation of children’s speech processing Rebecca Holt Macquarie University Processing speech input can be a slow and effortful task for children, and this is exaggerated among children who suffer from hearing loss. This speech processing difficulty can adversely affect their academic achievement and psychosocial wellbeing. Presenting visual speech cues (e.g., the speaker’s facial movements) with …

Linguistics seminar: Oral examinations in a tertiary Spanish Law course

Margarita Vidal, Pontifical Catholic University, Chile Exploring field in ‘social science’ (?): Oral examinations in a tertiary Spanish Law course This presentation investigates how field is construed in formal oral assessments in a first-year course in an undergraduate degree in Law in a Spanish-speaking context. The research was undertaken as part of a collaborative pedagogic …

Lexis-grammar complementarity and person: a cross-linguistic study

This week’s seminar will be presented by Pin Wang from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The linguistic category of person identifies, tracks and differentiates participant roles in discourse. Person in this study focuses on the linguistic resources involved in identifying people in discourse across languages, which involve a complex series of choices in relation to discourse …

Department of Linguistics:An SFL approach to Investigating the Ideological Shifts in the Translations of the Politically Volatile Autobiographies of Wild Swans and Mao’s Last Dancer

An SFL approach to Investigating the Ideological Shifts in the Translations of the Politically Volatile Autobiographies of Wild Swans and Mao’s Last Dancer The astonishing successes of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (1991) and Li Cunxin’s Mao’s Last Dancer (2003), both written in English, have placed the two Chinese migrant writers amongst the most well-known contemporary …

Ancestry and Language – HKU-USyd Partnership Symposium

Ancestry and Language – A HKU-USyd Partnership Symposium This 2-day symposium is an event of ‘The ebb and flow of heritage: Investigating urban multilingual diaspora’, a HKU-USydney Priority Partnership Collaboration Award project (Umberto Ansaldo and Nick Enfield, Pis; Lisa Lim, Co-I), one of whose goals is to further strong and dynamic collaborations between the two …

25th Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS25)

The 52nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL52) will be held in conjunction with the 25th Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS25) under the common theme “Linguistic Diversity in the Asian Century” at the University of Sydney from 24 June to 29 June, 2019 Confirmed (Plenary) Speakers | (HLS25) George van Driem (University of Berne) …

52nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL52)

The 52nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL52) will be held in conjunction with the 25th Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS25) under the common theme “Linguistic Diversity in the Asian Century” at the University of Sydney from 24 June to 29 June, 2019. Confirmed (Plenary) Speakers Scott DeLancey (University of Oregon) James A. Matisoff …