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Online Lecture: Yuen Ren Chao: Father of Modern Chinese Linguistics

July 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Known as the father of modern Chinese linguistics, Yuen Ren Chao (1892–1982) is easily the most famous linguist to have come out of China. The remarkable breadth and scope of his studies included physics, mathematics, linguistics, musical and literary composition, and translation, and he was a pioneer in many of these fields. Born and raised in China, Chao attended university in the US, where he earned his MA from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He subsequently taught at Tsinghua University, Harvard University, and University of California at Berkeley. Chao was involved in the vernacular literature movement, translating Alice in Wonderland into vernacular Chinese, and also in the national language and standardization movement. He developed the system of National Romanization which was adopted by the government and was one of the key members of the group that created the national language. Above all, he pioneered the teaching of Chinese in the U.S. with new concepts, methods and textbooks.  All of this will be covered in this online lecture.

The speaker Zhao Xiande is a professor of Chinese at Jiangsu University of Technology in Changzhou, hometown of Yuen Ren Chao. He is the author of Four Legendary Linguists from Changzhou. Prof. Zhao will be delivering the lecture from the former residence of Yuen Ren Chao in Changzhou, a rare lecture not to be missed.

For the audience’s information: Prof. Y. R. Chao delivered a memorial lecture at China Institute on March 6, 1962 following the passing of Dr. Hu Shi, one of the founders of China Institute.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.





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July 11, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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