Christian missionaries contributed in many ways to the cultural encounter between China and the West. They were the first to compile dictionaries, phrasebooks, grammars and primers, also devising Romanization systems to transcribe the sounds of Chinese language(s). These works are a goldmine of information for today’s scholars who want to study the history of Mandarin or Cantonese language, as well as the evolution of Chinese language teaching.
Luisa Maria Paternicò
(“L’Orientale” University, Naples)
Mandarin and Cantonese: Sources and Methodology for Historical Linguistic Research
Monday, September 25, 2023 from 5-7 pm
154 Bay State Road, 2nd Floor (Eilts Room)
Co-sponsored with the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, the BU History Department, and the BU Center for the Study of Asia