Professor Ma Qinghua, doctoral supervisor of Faculty of Arts at Nanjing University, gave a talk at the International Joint Laboratory of the Institute of Language Science and Technology at Nanjing Normal University (NJNU) on 31 October. The talk was hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at NJNU. Professor Liang Dandan, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts and Chairman of linguistics and applied linguistics department, moderated the talk. Young teachers and graduate students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of International Cultural Exchange participated in the event.
Professor Ma Qinghua works on syntax and semantics, especially on the emergence of Chinese. In this talk, Professor Ma elaborated on the "field constraint principle of motivation" from the argument between arbitrariness and motivation. Professor Ma used the Chinese word Xiyue "joy" as an example, and then analyzed the characteristics of the field constraints and related principles. Professor Ma compared the commonalities of different language-related semantic fields, introduced the methodology of language research, and provided valuable suggestions for young scholars.
Professor Ma Qinghua is one of the well-known alumni of NJNU. Based on his profound mind, unique research paradigm and detailed illustrations, Professor Ma delivered a wonderful speech and demonstrated the mystery of the semantic fields of Chinese language. After the speech, Professor Ma interacted with the teachers and students, by answering their questions one by one. The students benefit from participating in the event and look forward to more opportunities to learn and communicate.
Ma Qinghua, born in 1964, Ph.D., professor and doctoral supervisor of Chinese language and literature department at Nanjing University. Professor Ma was awarded the new century outstanding talents of the Ministry of Education. He works on syntax and semantics. He is a member of the Chinese Language Association, the Chinese National Language Association, the National Association of Chinese and Foreign Languages and Cultures, the World Chinese Language Teaching Society. He is also the editor of Macrolinguistics (ISSN 1934-5755). His papers were mainly published in Zhongguo Yuwen, Waiyu Jiaoxu yu Yanjiu, Waiguoyu, Minzu Yuwen, Yuyanxue Luncong, Yuyan yanjiu, Shijie Hanyu Jiaoxue, Yuwen Yanjiu, Yuyan Kexue, Hanyu Xuebao, Hanyu Xuexi, Dangdai Xiuci Xuexi, Huawen Jiaoxue yu Yanjiu, Yuwen Jianshe, Ningxia Shehui Kexue, Shanxi Daxue Xuebao, Nanshida Xuebao, Dongwu Waiyu Xuebao (Taiwan), Zhongguo Xueshu Niankan (Taiwan), Zhongguoyu Yanjiu (Japan), Marcrolinguistics (USA) etc. Some of his papers were reprinted or commented by the Reprinted in Information Center for Social Science of Renmin University of China, China University Academic Abstracts and China Academic Yearbook.