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Schonberg Presents at Barcelona Conference

October 02, 2016



On 22 September 2016, Dr. Jeff Schonberg, Professor of English at Angelo State University, presented a paper on morphological freezing as an indicator of a historical source of religious and social stress within a population of small-scale farmers living in the Li Shan of central China. 

The paper was delivered to an international audience of linguistics at the 2016 Collaborative Conference on Language and Linguistics that met in Barcelona, Spain.  Countries represented at the conference included South Africa, Nigeria, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Russia, Romania, Finland, and Chile.

The language spoken by this agricultural group is identified as a threatened language by UNESCO  (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) , and Dr. Schonberg has lead the language rescue project concerned with this language since 1996. In addition to his work with the language rescue project, Dr. Schonberg serves as a linguistic research consultant to the Henan and Shaanxi Provincial Governments and as a primary researcher with the Sino-Tibetan Language Institute in Kunming, People’s Republic of China.

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