Keynote Speaker: Dana Scott Bourgerie 白杰理

The 27th International Conference on Yue Dialects. Keynote Speaker 1

Date: November 30th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Virtual event via Zoom, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OhioDana Bourgerie

Professor Dana Scott Bourgerie
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Title of Talk: “Mapping the Chinese Diaspora: Dialects in Southeast Asia” 

Abstract: There are ethnic Chinese populations on every inhabited continent on earth, each with its unique migration circumstance. Among the largest and most established of these diasporas is found in various countries of Southeast Asia (SEA), where Chinese communities have existed for at least 500 years. Despite a relatively high degree of integration into to the majority culture, ethnic Chinese have often maintained their own social organizations, news media, and schools. The diasporas in this region have been well studied but mainly from economic, historical, and sociological perspectives. By contrast, research on these communities’ language characteristics is relatively scant and often embedded incidentally in the literature of non-linguistic disciplines.

Pre-1970s, Chinese schools often adopted the dialect of their affiliated socio-cultural associations (or 會館 hùiguǎn), mostly according to the five predominate groups: Chaozhou, Cantonese, Hakka, Fujianese, and Hainanese.  However, in recent times Mandarin has become a lingua franca of the Chinese communities and of most local Chinese language schools. However, among local ethnic Chinese, there are few if any native speakers of any variety of Mandarin. Through examination of language use survey data, this presentation sketches a picture of selected contemporary Chinese communities in SEA with special reference to the countries of former French Indochina and with particular attention to their Cantonese populations. In addition, I attempt to map the SEA diaspora, while exploring dimensions of Chinese identity in the region. Lastly, I investigate some instances of contact-related language variation in local Cantonese by influence of national majority languages.

Short Bio: Dana Scott Bourgerie is a Professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University (BYU). He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures in 1991 from The Ohio State University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was also an honorary professor in the Overseas Education College at Nanjing University. He is the founding director of the Chinese Flagship Center at BYU. He is a sociolinguist who primarily focuses research on language and cultural, especially Chinese dialects including Yue and Hakka. He is currently researching the language of the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia and non-standard varieties of Chinese. He is leading the Cambodian Oral History Project.


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講者簡介:白杰理教授是楊百翰大學亞洲及近東語言系的中文教授。 他1991年於俄亥俄州立大學東亞語言文學系獲得博士學位。 他曾是香港中文大學富布賴特學者。 他亦曾任南京大學海外教育學院名譽教授。 他是楊百翰大學中國旗艦中心的創辦主任。 他是一位社會語言學家,主要研究語言和文化,特別是中國方言,包括粵語和客家話。 他目前正研究東南亞華人的語言和非標準漢語變體。 他同時亦是柬埔寨口述歷史項目的主任。