Chinese Linguistics Workshop held at the George Washington University Confucius Institute


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Successful Chinese Linguistics Workshop held at the George Washington University Confucius Institute

On Sunday, March 16th, 2014, researchers in the field of Chinese linguistics from the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, United States Naval Academy, the George Washington University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a visiting professor from Nankai University convened on the George Washington University campus for the first Chinese linguistics symposium for the greater Washington area. The seminar was organized by Hongyuan Dong and Hang Zhang, both Assistant Professors of Chinese Language and Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the George Washington University and was sponsored by the GW Confucius Institute.

Chinese Deputy Director, Professor Guo Qian, offered opening remarks, welcoming the scholars to the Confucius Institute and thanking them for their participation. Professor Guo stated that this seminar was the first linguistics workshop since the GW Confucius Institute opened its doors. She thanked the participants for their support of the participants and the excellent organization of the workshop coordinators.

The workshop brought together researchers in Chinese Linguistics in the Washington DC metropolitan area to promote academic discourse and collaborations. The focus of the talks and discussions was primarily on second language acquisition and language policy. The participants shared their research findings regarding phonology, syntax and semantics of the Chinese language, and the corresponding issues concerning the teaching and acquisition of the Chinese language. They also discussed the regulation and promotion of Modern Standard Chinese both in China and outside China, with special attention to the interactions between Chinese and the minority languages in China.