Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan

Topic: Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan
Date: 2008-11-21 (Fri) ~ 2008-11-22 ( Sat )
Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan
  November 21-22, 2008
  2nd Conference Rm, 3rd Floor, South Wing, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
Meeting Description:
Sichuan and abutting areas are home to a good number of little-explored Tibeto-Burman languages and dialects, including many Tibetan varieties, Ngwi (Yi) languages, and over a dozen little-studied languages tentatively classified under a putative ‘Qiangic’ branch. Many of the latter group contain certain interesting properties, including large segmental inventories, uncommon tonality systems, topography-based spatial deixis, prohibitive marking with dental-stop-onset prefixes, nominal classification via existential verbs, and grammatical structure governed by animacy hierarchy. Do these features point to a shared genetic relationship, or do they simply reflect deeply entrenched borrowings in a time-honoured linguistic area? These and other intriguing questions remain to be answered. The languages of this region are hence extremely important for the proper understanding of the linguistic history and typological diversity of the vast Tibeto-Burman family.
This workshop, dedicated specifically to Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan, aims to foster international cooperation and stimulate cross-fertilization of research efforts by providing an arena for scholars actively engaged in field research on these languages to share research ideas, results, and methodology.
Invited Speakers:
  Acuo, Yixiweisa (Nankai University) 
Bradley, David (La Trobe University) 
Chirkova, Katia (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
Evans, Jonathan (Academia Sinica) 
Huang, Chenglong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) 
Ikeda, Takumi (Kyoto University) 
Jacques, Guillaume (L'Université Paris Descartes) 
LaPolla, Randy J. (La Trobe University) 
Libu, Lakhi (Qinghai Normal University) 
Lin, You-Jing (University of California, Santa Barbara) 
Michaud, Alexis (Laboratoire des Langues et Civilisations à Tradition Orale) 
Shirai, Satoko (Nagoya Institute of Technology) 
Sun, Jackson T.-S. (Academia Sinica) 
Suzuki, Hiroyuki (Kyoto University) 
Wang, Feng (Peking University) 
Yin, Weibin (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
  Language Typology Research Group, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica
Local Organizers:
  Jackson T.-S. Sun (Academia Sinica) 
Jonathan Evans (Academia Sinica) 
Min-hua Chiang (Academia Sinica)
Contact person:
  Xiu-ling Ke (
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