East Asian Humanities Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture:
"The Languages of East Asia: What Does it Mean To Be East Asian?"
S. Robert Ramsey, Professor of East Asian Linguistics, University of Maryland
Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and
the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Friday, October 18, 2013
Reception: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Presentation: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Sixth Floor - Lindner Commons
Washington, DC 20052
East Asia is not a geographical area - at least for those of us who spend our lives studying it. Rather, "East Asia" is the shorthand term we use in talking about one the world's great civilizations. In a word, it's primarily a cultural term for us, not a geographical one, and in that sense East Asian Studies is not area studies at all. It's about the history and deeper significance of human culture and institutions.
And yet, geography, the lay of the land, is nevertheless an important topic for the East Asianist, because it has shaped the languages and cultures of East Asia to a remarkable degree. How that happened is a topic I plan to explore, at least in a general way, in my talk.
Dr. S. Robert Ramsey is Professor of East Asian Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Best known for his work on Korean dialects and the reconstruction of prehistoric stages of Korean language, he has written extensively on the historical development of Japanese and Korean languages, and his geographic focus encompasses Japan, China, Korea and East Asia.
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