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Workshop Programme



"Researching Modern Chinese Technical Terminologies:
Methodological Considerations and Practical Problems"
University of Göttingen, 24-25 October 1997

Friday, 24 October 1997


9.00 Michael Lackner (Göttingen): "Keynote address"


I. Methodology and Linguistics


9.30 Viviane Alleton (Paris): "On terminologies: Is the specificity of subjects more relevant than languages?"

10.00 Hu Baihua (Hong Kong): "Sino-Japanese loans revisited"

10.30-11.00 Morning Break

11.00 Thekla Wiebusch (Göttingen): "Loan types and word formation in modern Chinese technical terminologies"

11.30 Benjamin T'sou (Hong Kong): "Some aspects of re-lexification and lexical stratification"

12.00 Alain Peyraube (Paris): "Notes on the Mashi wentong"

12.30-13.00 General Discussion

13.00-14.30 Lunch


II. Social Sciences And Humanities (I)


14.30 Rudolf G. Wagner (Heidelberg): "On the notion movement / mouvement / undo / yundong"

15.00 Xiong Yuezhi (Shanghai): "Late Qing usage and translation of some political terms: liberty, democracy, president" (in Chinese)

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Break

16.00 Rune Svarverud (Oslo): "The introduction of rights into the Chinese political discourse"

16.30 Fang Weigui (Göttingen): "Changing notions of foreigners and the foreign in 19th century China" (in Chinese)

17.00-18.00 General Discussion

20.00 Dinner



Saturday, 25 October 1997


II. Social Sciences and Humanities (II)


9.00 Zhu Weizheng (Shanghai): "Some problems of conceptual change in late Qing and early Republican China" (in Chinese)

9.30 Wolfgang Lippert (Erlangen): "Language in the modernisation process: The integration of Western concepts and terms into Chinese and Japanese in the 19th century"

10.00 Joachim Kurtz (Göttingen): "Changing translations of a philosophical fiction: things in themselves"

10.30-11.00 General Discussion

11.00-11.30 Morning Break


III. Science and Technology (I)


11.30 Wang Yangzong (Beijing): "A new discussion of John Fryer's and Xu Shou's translation of chemical terms" (in Chinese)

12.00 Ingo Schäfer (Berlin): "Chinese natural philosophy and Western science in the thought of Tan Sitong"

12.30 David Wright (Bracknell): "Yen Fu's translations of technical terms"

13.00-14.30 Lunch


III. Science and Technology (II)


14.30 Georges Métailié (Paris): "The formation of botanical terminology: a model or a case study?"

15.00 Iwo Amelung (Berlin): "First results from the Göttingen/Berlin project: On some physical terms"

15.30 Andrea Eberhard (Berlin): "On mathematical terminology in the late 19th century"

16.00-16.30 Afternoon Break

16.30-18.00 Concluding Discussion


If you would like to know more about this workshop, there is a brief report on the individual contributions and the general discussions available here.

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