This website is devoted to the organization of the workshop on "Old Chinese and Friends: Advances in the Reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology" which took place on April 26-27, 2018, organized by the CALC research project.
The full outline of the conference call (in Chinese and English) can be found here.
More information on the proceedings of the conference, which we plan to publish in early 2019 will appear on this website as well.
The reconstruction of the phonology of Old Chinese has greatly advanced during the last decades. As a result, reconstruction systems which were proposed independently by different scholars, such as Baxter and Sagart (2014), Starostin (1989), and Zhèngzhāng (2003) resemble each other much more than earlier reconstructions (Wáng 1980, Li 1971, Karlgren 1957). With the increased consensus among scholars, Old Chinese has also begun to resemble Tibete-Burman languages much closer, which has lead to an increased research and debate about the position of Chinese within the Sino-Tibetan (or Trans-Himalayan) language family (Behr 1999, Jacques 2015).
The goal of the workshop is to bring together experts on Sino-Tibetan linguistics, Ancient Chinese, Old Chinese reconstruction, and Chinese paleography to discuss future directions of research on Old Chinese phonology in the broader context of the genetic affiliation of Chinese as well as the history of the writing system with a special focus on newly excavated documents.
数十年来，上古汉语音系的构拟取得了重大进展。因此，近期不同学者独立构拟的音系（如白一平-沙加尔2014、斯塔罗斯金1989以及郑张尚芳2003）比起王力（1980）、李方桂（1971）以及高本汉（1957），互相之间更为相似。也正因为学者们共识的增加，如今的上古汉语与藏缅语言更加接近，同时也启发了人们对汉语在汉藏语系（或跨喜马拉雅语系）中的地位（Behr 1999，Jacques 2015）。
Call for Abstracts
We invite interested scholars to submit abstracts on Old Chinese phonology, Chinese paleography, or the position of Chinese within the Sino-Tibetan language family. Abstract in form of PDF which does not disclose your identity, not exceeding one page (not counting references and figures) should be directly sent to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please state your affiliation and contact information in the email body text. To make it easier for us to sort emails with abstracts, we further ask you to add “[OCAF submission]“ to the header of your email (including the brackets). Limited funding for travel will be available, but we cannot promise to be able to cover the funding of all participants. In case you need funding, we ask you to indicate this in the email accompanying your abstract. The deadline for sending abstracts is January 15.
Day 1: April 26, 2018, 9:15 -- 19:30, MPI-SHH, Room V14
Time Title Speakers 09:15-09:30 Welcome and Introduction Russell Gray and Johann-Mattis List 09:30-10:00 The Sino-Tibetan origins of the Middle Chinese voicing alternation [PDF] Guillaume Jacques 10:00-10:30 More on network approaches in Chinese Historical Phonology [PDF] Johann-Mattis List 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break Mr. Bean 11:00-11:30 Prolegomena to integrating Paleographic Data and the Reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology [PDF] Lai Guolong 11:30-12:00 Hypothesis on the Co-evolution of Old Chinese and the Ancient Chinese Writing System [PDF] Shen Ruiqing 12:00-12:30 试论楚简中的“”字及相关问题（摘要）[PDF] Ma Kun 13:00-14:00 Lunch James Cook 15:00-15:30 Chinese basic lexicon from a diachronic perspective: implications for lexicostatistics and glottochronology [PDF] George Starostin 15:30-16:00 上古汉语声调发生中的韵律影响 [PDF] Wang Hongzhi 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break Mr. Bean 16:30-17:30 Open Discussion Session I Et al. 18:30-19:30 Dinner Mr. Supper 19:30 Concluding Note for the First Day Johann-Mattis List
Day 2: April 27, 2018, 9:15 -- 19:30, MPI-SHH, Room V14
Time Title Speakers 09:15-09:30 Wrapping Up Lai Yunfan 09:30-10:00 OC -r distinguished from -n in early Chinese loans to Buyang, and related ST matters [PDF] Laurent Sagart 10:00-10:30 中古擦音z/ʑ的上古来源 [PDF] Jin Linxin 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break Mr. Bean 11:00-11:30 古文字資料所見漢語語音史上的一次大規模塞化運動 [PDF] Ye Yuying 11:30-12:00 The ayn theory of grade II in Middle Chinese [PDF] Gong Xun 12:00-12:30 Trans-Himalayan ɢ- and sr- [PDF] Nathan Hill 13:00-14:00 Lunch James Cook 15:00-15:30 Old Chinese: some new evidence [PDF] William Baxter 15:30-16:00 A ə/a Nucleus in Old Chinese Syllables as Evinced by a New Derivational Dictionary [PDF] Chris Button 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break Mr. Bean 16:30-17:30 Open Discussion Session II Et al. 18:30-19:30 Dinner Mr. Supper 19:30 Farewell Note Lai Yunfan and Johann-Mattis List
Structure of the Workshop
The workshop will consist of short talks (20 minutes with 10 minutes discussion) from different speakers covering different aspects of the reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology (OC phonology, OC reconstruction, MC phonology, Chinese lexicon, Chinese writing). Our goal is to cover as many different aspects as possible in order to allow for a very broad view on the complexity of the field. In addition, we will organize open discussions, where we hope that we cannot only reflect the diversity of approaches to the reconstruction of Old Chinese phonology, but also the diversity of opinions.
Structure of the Open Discussions
We plan to structure the discussions by preparing a pool of questions from which we will select -- depending on the time -- three to five per discussion session and then ask different scholars to reply. In order to keep the discussions focused, we will restrict replies to 5 minutes per person. We will further try to protocol the discussions and offer all participants to take them as a starting point for a common paper.
Code of Conduct
Given the diversity of backgrounds of the scholars participating in our conference, and the plurality of opinions they reflect, we consider it as important to maintain an open environment in which discussions focus on the topics and not the person. Given the at times hostile tone in discussions and journal articles that are published in the field of Sino-Tibetan linguistics, we want to express our hope that all members will avoid a discussion style that contradicts the obvious etiquette of proper scientific conversations, such as any kind of polemics or arguments ad hominem.
We think that it is self-evidend that, in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination (as outlined in Article 21 of the Charter), with §1 repeated below:
Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.
In case of conflict, we ask you to turn to the workshop organizers (Johann-Mattis List or Yunfan Lai) or the administrator of our department for Linguistic and Cultural Evolution (Kerstin Schück).