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Following the explosive development of IT, a technological revolution is taking place in the international linguistic scene-the use of technology to save the world's endangered languages. And this is probably why the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US jointly sponsored the establishment of the Electronic Meta-structure for Endangered Language Data Project (EMELD) a few months ago.
Which individuals in the Chinese speaking communities of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing have had most media exposure over the last two weeks? Which words were most frequently used? You may think these are questions to which there are no definite answers, only subjective guesses.
A Website Management Programme for students in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Language Information Science, offered by CityU's Department of Chinese,Translation and Linguistics, is proving a great success, with student participation now including a large number of students from all three years. The programme is run by Dr Jonathan Webster, Acting Head of CityU's Department of English and Communication.
Since its establishment in 2000, CityU's Institute of Chinese Linguistics (ICL) has undertaken a number of research projects utilizing the collective expertise of the staff associated with the institute. One of these projects involves research in the specific context of Chinese language mediated e-commerce. Dr Matthew Lee, Head of the Department of Information Systems (IS), is working with colleagues from the ICL on this groundbreaking project.
For years, the thin gauze of atmosphere surrounding the earth hampered astronomers from studying the most distant stars in our cosmos. But the Hubble Space Telescope, fixed in the clarity of space, has lifted that veil. It is our outpost to the universe.
CityU Enterprises Limited (CityUE), a wholly-owned company of City University, operates under the aegis of the Industrial and Business Development Office. It was established in 1992 to facilitate, coordinate, promote and encourage contract research and consultancy which enhances technical innovation, research and development and the advancement of science, the humanities, educational and cultural activities in Hong Kong.