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台灣大學語言學研究所 蘇以文


Sept. 14 (Week 1): Introduction to the Course

Sept. 21 (Week 2): On Language and Culture

Wade, Nicolas. 2000. What We All Speak When the World Was Young. New York Times.


Sept. 28 (Week 3): Language, Culture, and Cognition: A Linguistic Approach

Scherzer, J. 1987. A Discourse-Centered Approach to Culture. American Anthropologist 89(2):295-309.

Slobin, D. I. 1996. From “Thought and Language” to “Thinking for Speaking”. In J.J. Gumperz & S.C. Levinson (Eds) Rethinking linguistics relativity (pp. 70-96). Cambridge University Press.


Oct. 5 (Week 4): Mandarin Chinese: The Classifier System

Tai, H.Y., 1994. "Chinese Classifier Systems and Human Categorization." In Honor of Professor William S-Y. Wang: Interdisciplinary Studies on Language and Language Change, Matthew Chen and Ovid Tseng, eds. Pyramid Publishing Company, pp. 479-494.


Oct. 12 (Week 5): Mandarin Chinese: Thought as Food

Su, Lily I-wen. 2000. Mapping in Thought and Language as Evidenced in Chinese. Chinese Studies. 18: 395-424.


Oct. 19 (Week 6): Mandarin Chinese: The Chinese Mind

Brown, J.G. 2002. Thinking in Chinese: An American's Journey into the Chinese Mind. Jenkintown, Pennsylvania: JB Linguistic Works.


Oct. 26 (Week 7): Southern Min: Body Parts

Lin, C.Y. 2003. The Metaphors and Metonymies of Body Parts in Taiwanese Southern Min. M.A. Thesis. Taiwan: National Chung-Cheng University.

*[Mini-assignment 1 due]


Nov. 2 (Week 8): Southern Min: Ways of Expressions

Su, Lily I-wen and Shuping Huang. In press. Harmonious Face Threatening Acts and Politeness: A Special Consideration. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language.


Nov. 9 (Week 9): Language Contact: Guest Speech I

Guest Speaker: Prof. Hui-ju Hsu (NTNU)

Topic: Contact between the two languages in Taiwan

*[Mini-assignment 2 due]


Nov. 16 (Week 10): Language Contact: Films

From the Perspectives of South and Southeast Asia.


Nov. 23 (Week 11): Hakka

Chung, Raung-fu. 2007. The Language Policy in Taiwan and Its Impact on the Use of Hakka. In 語言政策的多元文化思考 (pp. 219-236).

Hakka Culture in Taiwan:

*[Mini-assignment 3 due]


Nov. 30 (Week 12): Formosan Languages

Diamond, Jared M. 2000. Taiwan's Gift to the World. Nature 403:709-10.

Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 1990. Classification of Formosan languages: Lexical evidence. BIHP 61.4:813-848.         


Dec. 7 (Week 13): Formosan Languages

Li, Paul. 2006. Numerals in Formosan languages. Oceanic Linguistics 45.1:133-152.

Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 2008. The great diversity of Formosan languages. Language and Linguistics 9.3: 523-546.


Dec. 14 (Week 14): Formosan Languages (Guest Speech II)

Guest Speaker: Prof. Claire Hsun-huei Chang (NCCU)

Topic: Typology of Formosan languages- body parts and color terms


Dec. 21 (Week 15): Language Policy

Mair, V. H. 2003. “How to Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language.” Retrieved Sep. 15 2009 from

Tsao, Feng-fu. 2008. The Language Planning Situation in Taiwan: An Update. Language Planning and Policy in Asia, Vol. 1: 285-300. Buffalo, NY : Multilingual Matters.

Wu, Ming-Hsuan. 2011. Language Planning and Policy in Taiwan: Past, Present and Future. Language Problems & Language Planning 35(1): 15-34.

*[Mini-assignment 4 due]


Dec. 28 (Week 16): Languages in a Multicultural Society

Wei, Jennifer M. 2006. Language Choice and Ideology in Multicultural Taiwan. Language and Linguistics 7.1: 87-107.

Yeh, Hsi-nan, Hui-chen Chan, and Yuh-show Cheng. 2004. Language Use in Taiwan: Language Proficiency and Domain Analysis. Journal of National Taiwan Normal University: Humanities & Social Sciences 49(1): 75-108.


Jan. 4 (Week 17): Final Oral Presentation