Chinese at CSUB joins the Department of English in welcoming Dr. Chris Wen-Chao Li to our campus for the Winter 2013 Warren Family Lectures in Linguistics for his talk, Foreign Names into Native Tongues: How to Transfer Sound Between Languages, to be held Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7:00pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Union.
His talk will look the variables that come into play when an English name (both personal and corporate) is translated into Chinese and vice versa. Naming conventions will be examined, along with options for transliteration and phonological translation, taking into account the different segmental inventories, phonotactic constraints, and syllable structure requirements of the two languages. The strengths and weaknesses of a number of popular Chinese Romanization systems will also be examined, followed by a review of recent debates on the merits of adopting different systems from the perspective of language planning and language attitudes.
Dr. Li is a Professor of Linguistics at San Francisco State University,
where he teaches courses in general linguistics, advanced Chinese language, calligraphy, and Chinese web applications, and graduate seminars in Chinese phonology, semantics, morphology, translation theory, and consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
New Practical Chinese Reader – Text, lessons, notes, and exercises for the textbook used in our Chinese courses
Integrated Chinese - Chinese lessons from another Chinese textbook, featuring additional exercises and lessons.
Zhongwen.com - Convenient look-up by pronunciation (in pinyin), radical, and stroke- count
Chinese Input Method Editor - Pinyin input, useful if your computer does not support Chinese word processing
Visual Mandarin Chinese Dictionary - Chinese-to-English word and phrase dictionary - has stroke-by-stroke
Mandarin Tools - source for a number of useful links for Chinese language learners
Chinese Language Alive! - Partners with CSUB Chinese and producers of the innovative and engaging used in our Language Lab
Dr. Sa Xiaoli