Director: Prof. Dr. Moll-Murata
Office: Uni134 (3.13)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28254
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14440

Co-director: Christian Schwermann
Office: Uni134 (3.11)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-29253
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14265


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building of the University Library, UB 4/2
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Mailing Address

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Taiwan Research Unit
Uni134 (3.20)
44780 Bochum

Introduction to the Ethnolinguistic Status of Taiwan (block seminar) Dr. Li Tai-yuan

This course looks at Taiwan’s multilingual status and the relationship among languages and ethnos (ethnic groups), covering the concept of ethnolinguistics and sociolinguistics. The socio-historical context of language policies, language planning, language education, language vitality, and language development of Taiwan’s national languages, those of Aboriginal peoples, of the Hakka, of the Holo (Fukienese) and Mandarin Chinese will be discussed. After the course, students will be able to: 1. have a good understanding of the ecology of languages in Taiwan society; 2. connect the language revitalization and vitality of Taiwan's various ethnic groups; 3. know how to analyze the linguistic development through oral and written materials. The course will be taught in English. Some reference materials are in Chinese and Japanese.

  • Tuesday, 08-10-2019, 16-18, room GABF 04/409
  • Friday, 11-10-2019, 12-18, room Uni134, 2.06.
  • Saturday, 12-10-2019, 10-16, room Uni134, 2.06.
  • Friday, 18-10-2019, 10-16,room Uni134, 2.06.
  • Saturday, 19-10-2019, 10-16, room Uni134, 2.06


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TSAO Feng-fu. 2008. The Language Planning Situation in Taiwan. In KAPLAN R. B. & Richard B. BALDAUF Jr. (eds.) Language Planning & Policy in Asia, Vol.1: Japan, Nepal and Taiwan and Chinese Characters 285-300. Buffalo, NY: Multilingual Matters.

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洪惟仁,2019,臺灣社會語言地理學研究 I:臺灣語言的分類與分區理論與方法. 台北:前衛出版社.

洪惟仁,2019,臺灣社會語言地理學研究Ⅱ:臺灣語言地圖集. 台北:前衛出版社.

菅野敦志[編] 2017. 沖縄/日本の文化・社会・共同体と国際環境(名桜大学やんばるブックレット, 別冊1) .