• Time: 5:30 – 7:00PM
  • Date: Thursday, 5 December, 2019
  • Venue: HS436, HSS Building


On September 19th to 21st, 2018, Changsha hosted the International Conference entitled Role of linguistic diversity in building a global community with shared future: protection, access and promotion of language resources, organized by the PRC and the UNESCO; the conclusions of this conference were drafted into the Protection and Promotion of Linguistic Diversity of the World Yuelu Proclamation, adopted on January 18th, 2019. This landmark document is another proof of the progress of China’s language policy and planning, not only on the side of the implementation of linguistic laws and regulations but also on the side of scientific research. China has become one of the major global actors in this scientific discipline, to which it has contributed with its theory of Language Life: as a proof of it, De Gruyter in recent years started to publish the English translations of the volumes of the yearly reports Language Situation in China, as well as other volumes of this field written by Chinese experts.

The years 2018-2021 includes the anniversary of several important events for China’s linguistic activities: the 60th anniversary of the launch of pinyin system, the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the PRC, but also the end of the temporal span included by the Outline of China’s national plan for medium and long-term agenda for Chinese language and characters reform and development (Guojia zhongchangqi yuyan wenzi shiye gaige he fazhan guihua gangyao 国家中长期语言文字事业改革和发展规划纲要) and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Language Law (Guojia Tongyong Yuyan Wenzi Fa 中华人民共和国国家通用语言文字法).

The aim of this seminar is to discuss briefly the treatment of a linguistic phenomenon, which is particularly object of the activity of regulation and standardization, against the backdrop of such an activity of applied linguistics. They are the neologisms and, among them, the so-called Internet words. They constitute a very challenging issue inasmuch as they eschew by nature the standardization of language, but on the same time are a symbol of contemporary Chinese society.


Dr Tommaso Pellin
Assistant Professor of Chinese Language at the Department of Bergamo, Italy

Tommaso Pellin (Chinese name 宋培林) is Associate Professor of Chinese language at University of Bergamo, Italy. His fields of research are: PRC’s language planning in the realm of lexicon; Chinese lexicology and lexicography; teaching of Chinese language; teaching of foreign languages in China; neologisms and loanwords in modern Chinese lexicon; history of Chinese linguistics.