In HistLing this Friday (10/26, 2 pm, Lorch 403), Bill Baxter will give a presentation about reconstructing the semantics, morphology and phonology of Old Chinese. His talk will focus on the Old Chinese word that is realized in modern Mandarin as shì. This word was very important in Early Chinese society and culture, but up until now, its exact meaning has eluded scholars. Bill will review the research that he did with colleague Laurent Sagart (CNRS, Paris) and that culminated in their forthcoming Oxford University Press book Old Chinese: a new reconstruction.

The title of Bill's presentation is "An early Chinese etymology and how we got to it". More information, including an abstract, is available here.