RCL and CASS advance humanistic and linguistic studies
The first edition of the Language Atlas of China received a Class 1 award in the national review on social science research in
Under an agreement signed by CityU and CASS on 20 June, RCL and CASS’s
The new printed version of the atlas will include 70 maps, doubling the size of the first edition. “Due to massive immigration, the past years witnessed a significant change in the number of Chinese communities outside
In addition to contributing to the initial planning and the editorial policy, RCL’s most significant contribution, Professor T’sou said, “will be in the digitization of the atlas which will facilitate frequent and easy updating of information.”
Established in 1994, the RCL focuses on making use of advancement in IT to contribute to studies in the humanities and social sciences. By integrating computational linguistics and advanced technology, for example, RCL developed a unique synchronous Chinese database, LIVAC (Linguistic Variation in Chinese Speech Communities), which regularly and simultaneously examines materials from representative Chinese newspapers and electronic media of Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan, and offers an innovative approach to a variety of comparative studies on social and cultural changes, and useful applications in IT. “Now we hope to further advance language studies in a broader context with the application of IT to the making of the atlas,” Professor T’sou said .
In addition to the printed format, Professor T’sou plans to explore the possibility of developing a web-based atlas in the future.