From Humanities to Digital Humanities: Cantonese Studies in the Big Data Era

From Humanities to Digital Humanities: Cantonese Studies in the Big Data Era

Speaker: Professor Andy Chi-on Chin (The Education University of Hong Kong)

講者: 錢志安教授(香港教育大學)

This lecture is presented by Dr. Andy Chin from the Education University of Hong Kong. Chin is interested in exploring the relationship between digital technology and traditional humanities studies. The term “Digital Humanities” was coined to reflect this new trend. In this talk, Dr. Chin will discuss, by means of a Cantonese digital archive developed at EdUHK, how Cantonese studies can be undertaken with the digital humanities approach. The data of the nearly one-million-character archive was collected by transcribing the dialogues of 80 Cantonese movies produced in Hong Kong in the mid-20th century. The archive not only documents, preserves, and revitalizes the Cantonese language, but also allows us to explore some socio-cultural issues of the then Hong Kong society and promotes data-driven learning of Cantonese.
About Professor Andy Chi-on Chin:

Professor Andy Chi-on Chin is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He has a wide range of interests in linguistics research, including linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and Chinese linguistics. He has undertaken different types of projects supported by General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme, Knowledge Transfer Fund, Central Research Fund, Teaching Development Grants, SCOLAR funds.

Location: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

地點:卑詩大學亞洲中心 604 室

Hosted by the Cantonese Language Program. Co-sponsored by the Department of Language and Literacy Education, Language Sciences Institute, the Department of Asian Studies, the University of British Columbia, and the Public Humanities Hub.