2017-11-20 21:57:09 讲座 hamburger
题目：A Difference between “Natural” Languages
and “Contact” Languages
报告人：Dr. Randy LaPolla（罗仁地博士）
Prof. LaPolla received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He joined HSS as a tenured Professor at the beginning of August, 2012. Before joining NTU he was Chair (Professor) of Linguistics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2004-2012). He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities in 2008, and President of the Australian Linguistic Society for 2007-2009. He was also Head of the Linguistics Program during most of his tenure at La Trobe, as well as Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe 2008-2010. Before moving to Australia he worked at the Academia Sinica (1990-1998) and City University of Hong Kong (1996-2004). His research focuses on the history and typology of Sino-Tibetan languages and issues related to the nature of communicative behaviour. He has many years of experience in administration and service work of many different types, including editing journals and serving on major grant agency panels.
What is language? And is there a difference between “creole” languages and “non-creole” languages? In this talk, which grew out of a debate I have been having with Salikoko Mufwene about creole languages, I will talk generally about what language is, and also how that relates to what we do in linguistics (e.g. Structuralism vs. Romanticism and Emergentism), and how our understanding of what language is also can influence our identification of particular varieties as particular languages, and whether there is a difference between “creole” or “contact” languages and “non-creole” or "non-contact” languages, if there is such a thing. I will be using examples from Singlish and other varieties I am familiar with that have been talked about as creoles or contact languages.