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Maritime Silk Road Suite
2017-04-07

27 March–30 April 2017 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

 

The “Maritime Silk Road Suite”, a series of academic activities focusing on the linguistic properties of Chinese spoken in countries and areas along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 27 March to 30 April 2017. The “Maritime Silk Road Suite” was jointly organized by the T. T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre, the Institute of Chinese Studies, and the Department of Chinese Language and Literature; co-organized by the Global China Research Programme, the CUHK Library, and the Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd.; and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, United College, New Asia College, and the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong.

 

As a prelude to the Suite, three lectures on “Voices of the Maritime Silk Road” were held on 27 March, 3 April, and 5 April, at the CUHK University Bookstore Activity Room. The aim was to inform members of CUHK and the public about the cultures along the Maritime Silk Road and the pathway to learning Chinese for non-native speakers of Chinese.

 

“The International Symposium on Chinese in the Maritime Silk Road” was one highlight among the many academic activities of the “Maritime Silk Road Suite” to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Chinese Studies and the 60th Anniversary of the United College of CUHK. The Symposium, held on 7–8 April, was the first international linguistics activity to examine the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road from the unique perspective of the Belt and Road Initiative. It brought together more than a hundred scholars from around the world to investigate the linguistic properties of Chinese spoken in the countries and areas along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

 

Through the event, participants shared their knowledge and research on the Chinese language overseas and in various fields of Chinese linguistics. In particular, topics on phonology, lexicology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language teaching, and languages and cultures were covered. Also discussed was the subject of Chinese teaching and learning for non-Chinese speaking students in Hong Kong.

 

A theme-based book exhibition was held in the University Library. Highlighted were acquisitions related to research into overseas Chinese and Chinese dialects of the regions along the Maritime Silk Road, and the teaching and learning of Chinese for non-Chinese speaking students in Hong Kong.  

 

For details: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/clrc/msr-chinese/