International Language Education Events & Activities

Public Lecture, Humanities
127th Lecture -- Global Historical Perspectives on Chinese Merchants in Hong Kong 全球史視野下的香港華商 (Sunday 2 Sep 2018)

Speaker(s)
Professor Pui-tak LEE (李培德教授)
Date
September 2, 2018 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language
Cantonese (廣東話主講)
Sponsor
Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served

Public Lecture, Humanities
126th Lecture -- How Did Ancient Chinese Speak? - a Brief Talk on Reconstruction of Ancient Chinese 古人是怎麼說話的? ─ 略談漢語古音構擬 (Sunday 12 Aug 2018)

提要: 表意漢字不能直接表音,要想了解古人說話(古代語音),需要使用各種材料方法。就古今學人依可用材料方法所能企及的目標而言,大致可分為音類研究與音值研究兩種。第一類研究主要是釐清古人說話(發音)的類別:哪些漢字的讀音是相同的,哪些漢字的發音是不同的,哪些漢字的讀音發生了變化。主要材料是古代的韻書、反切、文字諧聲、韻文押韻。第二類研究的目標是具體了解古代的實際發音,材料方法多樣化,包括古代學人對發音部位(如:唇舌牙齒喉)、發音方法(如:聲母清濁、韻母等次)的分析,調查比較現代方音並借助語音發展規律以推測古人的實際發音,此外,對音轉寫材料、漢藏語間的對比、形態構詞的規則、古人曲折的說明,都可用作了解古人發音旁證。在當代語言學家的研究實踐中,兩類研究從來都不是截然分開的。本講座介紹研究古音的材料,通過個案說明求證方法,最後展示古音研究的成果。

Speaker(s)
Professor Jingtao SUN (孫景濤教授)
Date
August 12, 2018 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language
Putonghua (普通話主講)
Sponsor
Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served

MPhil Thesis Presentation
A Place as “Lived”: Topographical Poetry in Hong Kong (Wednesday 8 Aug 2018)

Abstract As Hong Kong topographical poetry is often considered a representation of the hectic aspects of an urban lifestyle, readers usually appreciate the poems with a preconceived image of Hong Kong, the city. In contrast to the common approach that regards city as a reflection of ideologies and conflicts, this research takes topographical poetry as lived experiences of poets, in order to probe into a direct and personal realm of humans and place relationship. Hence, theories in the field of human geography which focus on the concept of space and place will be applied to a large extent. As a whole, this thesis argues that a place comes into being only when it is “lived” and endowed with poet’s experience, value and emotion. Through an in-depth study of topographical poems in three chapters, this thesis sketches the development of the “sense of place” among Hong Kong poets. The analysis of the early twentieth century topographical poetry in Chapter Two shows that the poets tend to keep a far distance from the milieu and hold a visitor’s perspective, and there is a prevalent use of ideology and social criticism. Chapter Three delineates the significant changes topographical poetry has gone through since the 1950s. The slackening of social criticism together with the rise of personal perspectives helps to shape a place vividly in great detail. The close reading of poetry depicting the rural area in Chapter Four reveals the complex nature of the countryside―it is a source of melancholy in the course of development while it also provides spiritual nourishment for city dwellers. Through the analysis of sense of distance, change of perspective, inclusion of details, and engagement of human senses, this thesis figures out the way a solid and sensuous place has gradually emerged in Hong Kong topographical poetry.

Speaker(s)
Mr. Ka Hang LEUNG
Date
August 8, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time
2:30 pm
Venue
Room 3301 (Lift 2), 3/F Academic Building, HKUST
Language
English