LINGUIST List 24.1820

Thu Apr 25 2013

Qs: Asiatic Vernacular Movements

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 25-Apr-2013
From: Richard Durkan <>
Subject: Asiatic Vernacular Movements
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I am very interested in the literary and vernacular movements of the Far East at the turn of the 20th century. As well as the New Culture Movement of China, I am interested in the Taiwanese New Literature Movement, the literary movement launched by Ch’oe Namsŏn and Yi Kwangsu in Korea, the Hkit-san vernacular movement in Burma and wonder why these movements seem to be such a specifically Asian phenomenon.

I notice that a number of the protagonists in these movements spent time in Japan and I wonder to what extent they were influenced by Japanese reformers such as those of the earlier Meiji 6 Society and also to what extent they influenced one another. Has anyone attempted to make a comparative study of some (or indeed all) of these movements? Is anyone working in this area?

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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