Eastward Flows the Great River— Festschrift in Honor of Professor William S-Y. WANG on his 80th Birthday

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Professor William S-Y. Wang is among the most influential contemporary linguists. For several decades, he has been leading the development of Chinese Linguistics to a higher level. Professor Wang established the famous theory of lexical diffusion, advocating an evolutionary perspective and interdisciplinary methods for research on language and linguistics. His writings have appeared in handbooks, textbooks, encyclopedias, numerous technical journals, and have been translated into several languages.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, numerous pupils and colleagues of Professor Wang come together for the compilation of the Festschrift to pay tribute to him. The Festschrift has over sixty contributions by scholars from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, East Asia, North America and Europe, partitioned in Chinese and English volumes. Authors are active in areas of various linguistic frontiers, investigating language and linguistics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Most of the contributions investigate Chinese language via modern linguistic experiments, archeology, anthropology, psychology and modeling methods and so on, leading readers into new realms of linguistics.

This Festschrift shows the achievements of modern linguistics, reflecting Professor Wang's academic philosophy. It is not only a great reference for seasoned language researchers; it can also help broaden knowledge in Chinese linguistics for students interested in languages. Readers who wish to know Chinese culture will also expand their understanding of it through these studies of the languages in China.
Pub. Date
Aug 1, 2013
572 pages
185 x 260 mm
William S-Y. Wang: Epoch-Making Linguist

Eastward flows the Great River;
With gushing waves it carries away
Gallant souls from days of yore.
— (Song dynasty) Su Shi

Browsing through volumes of the long history of linguistics, the pages glitter with familiar names. Many linguists have dedicated their lives and wisdom to the research of languages, the young talents taking up the works of the old ones and marching forward with force and energy on the path to explore the mysteries of languages. Among the linguists of the 20th century, an eminent name stands out: William S-Y. Wang.

Prof. William Wang is a pioneer in interdisciplinary linguistic studies and a distinguished scholar of evolutionary linguistics. He is a worldwide acclaimed master of linguistics and an epoch-making linguist.

The compilation of the Festschrift in Honor of William S-Y. Wang on his Eightieth Birthday has gained enthusiastic support from numerous linguists in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, East Asia as well as in Europe and the United States. With a total of over sixty excellent contributions covering the major fields of contemporary linguistics, the Festschrift is divided into the Chinese and English volumes and is scheduled to be published on Prof. Wang's 80th birthday. This is an important event not only in the community of Chinese scholarship, but also in international linguistics. It is indeed a great honor to experience this historical event! Living in the present while evoking memories of the past, we cannot but feel an upsurge of excitement.

The title of the Festschrift, "Eastward Flows the Great River", has two implications: one is a metaphoric depiction of Prof. Wang's attitude in linguistic research, which resembles the rolling waves of the Yangtze rushing eastward, with its waters always flowing forward to finally empty into the ocean of knowledge. The other is to describe the boundless currents of contemporary linguistic studies which started in the West and continue towards the East with booming and innovative vitality. The verse "Eastward flows the Great River" by the Song dynasty poet Su Shi is both succinct and unadorned, but evokes an image of powerful grandeur. With these words the poet expressed his nostalgic sentiments towards the historic heroes, revealing a philosophical insight on the rise and fall of the ages. The power of his writing remains unexcelled to this day.

Our celebration of Prof. Wang's 80th birthday is not merely about recognizing his seminal contributions to linguistic studies, but also about identifying the goal and direction which he represents in contemporary linguistics. Whether viewed from the current global situation of international linguistics, or considered from the historical development of modern linguistics, Prof. Wang's research works on linguistics over the past fifty some years have given us precious inspirations. They also reflect the stride linguistics has made in more than half a century.
  1. How Many Chinese Words Have Elastic Length?
     —San DUANMU
  2. More Gradual Than Abrupt
     —Umberto ANSALDO
  3. Phonetic Features of Colloquial Cantonese
    Robert S. BAUER
  4. Linguistic Adaptation: The Trade-Off between Case Marking and Fixed Word Orders in Germanic and Romance Languages
    Christian BENTZ, Morten H. CHRISTIANSEN
  5. On the Value of the Han'gul Letter E in Certain Korean Transcriptions of Ming-Time Chinese
     —W. South COBLIN
  6. Investigations into Determinants of the Diversity of the World╒s Languages
    Christophe COUPÉ, Jean-Marie HOMBERT, Egidio MARSICO, Francois PELLEGRINO
  7. From Cognition to Language
    Hsin-I HSIEH
  8. Arguments for a Construction-Based Approach to the Analysis of Sino-Tibetan Languages
    Randy J. LAPOLLA
  9. The Language Niche
    Helena H. GAO, John H. HOLLAND
  10. Contextual Predictability Facilitates Early Orthographic Processing and Semantic Integration in Visual Word Recognition: An Event-Related Potential Study
    Chia-Ying LEE, Yo-Ning LIU, Chia-Ju CHOU
  11. Larynx Height and Constriction in Mandarin Tones
    Scott MOISIK, Hua LIN, John ESLING
  12. Bimanual Coordination and Motor Learning in Pianists and Non-Musicians:  A 3T fMRI Study
    Shu-Jen KUNG, Denise H. WU, Daisy L. HUNG, Ovid J.-L. TZENG
  13. Searching for Language Origins
  14. Productivity of Mandarin Third Tone Sandhi: A Wug Test
    Caicai ZHANG, Gang PENG
  15. On Modality Effects and Relative Syntactic Uniformity of Sign Languages
    James H-Y. TAI
  16. Visualizing the Architecture and Texture of a Text: A Case Study of Selected Speeches of US President Barack Obama
    Jonathan WEBSTER, Joe CHAN, Victor YAN, Kim WONG
  17. Northern-Min Glottalized Onsets and the Principles of Tonal Split and Tonal Merger
  18. Different Semantic Nature of Homonym, Metaphor and Polysemy in Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from Behavioral and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Experiments
     —Fan-Pei YANG, Dai-Lin WU
  19. A Few Morphological Functions of the Suffix *-s in Shang Chinese
    Ken-ichi TAKASHIMA
  20. Computer Simulation of Language Convergence
    Tao GONG, Lan SHUAI, Umberto ANSALDO
  21. On the Evolution of Language and Brain
    Sydney LAMB
  22. On the History of Chinese Directionals
     —Alain PEYRAUBE
  23. A Target Location Cue in a Visual Speller: The N200 ERP Component
    James William MINETT, Lin ZHOU, Manson Cheuk-Man FONG
  24. Consensus in Language Dynamics: Naming, Categorizing and Blending
    Vittorio LORETO,  Francesca TRIA
  25. Data Acquisition and Prosodic Analysis for Mandarin Attitudinal Speech
    Wentao GU, Hiroya FUJISAKI

Appendix      An Interview with Professor William WANG