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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

People

Zhongwei Shen

Professor of Chinese
Exchange Program Director (Chinese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 338
Phone:(413) 545-4952
Email: zwshen at asianlan.umass.edu

 

Courses taught

Chinese 140 Chinese Script
Chinese 150 Peoples and Languages of China
Chinese 375 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
Chinese 528 Chinese Language in Context
Chinese 575 Syntactic Structure of Chinese
Chinese 576 History of Chinese (Phonology)
Chinese 577 Chinese Dialectology

Education

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.A. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
B.A. Chinese (specialized in Chinese linguistics), Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1982

Biography

Zhongwei Shen received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in linguistics. Research interests include the mechanism of sound change, early history of Mandarin seen in ancient non-Chinese scripts, formation of Chinese dialects.  The books he published include Studies on the Menggu Ziyun (2008) and Exploring the Dynamic Aspect of Sound Change (1997). The books he edited and co-edited include Diachronic Studies of the Wu Dialect Studies (2011), Synchronic Studies of the Wu Dialect Studies (2011), The Joy of Linguistic Research II, A Festschrift for Prof. William S-Y. Wang’s 75th Birthday (2010), The Joy of Linguistic Research, A Festschrift for Prof. William S-Y. Wang’s 70th Birthday (2004). His recently published articles include “Wu ‘voiced’ stops - A cross-language study” (2011), “The origin of Mandarin” (2011), “Exploring the on-going sound changes in the historical document” (2010), “A study of the rhymes in the Khitan lesser script” (2009), “Apicalization and its related changes before and after the Menggu Ziyun. (2008), “Language shift and dialect substratum” (2007), “Sino-Khitan phonology” (2007), “The phonological characteristics of the northern Chinese dialect of the Liao time” (2006), and “The syllabic nasals in the Chinese dialects” (2006).

Research Interests

Mechanism of sound change, Chinese historical phonology, early history of Mandarin seen from ancient Altaic scripts, and Chinese dialectology