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Prof. Richard Van Ness SIMMONS 史皓元教授

Chinese Language and Literature Programme

Professor & Director of CLC and CLEP

BA (UW), MA (UW), PhD (UW)



Rm 821, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Chinese Dialectology, Chinese Historical Linguistics, Chinese Sociolinguistics, Dialect Geography, The History of Chinese, The History of Mandarin

史皓元,香港大學中文學院教授,美國羅格斯-新澤西州立大學亞洲語言文化系終身教授、前系主任。先後至台灣大學中文系和中國社會科學院語言研究所進修,在美國西雅圖華盛頓州立大學研究生院攻讀中國古代文學以及漢語方言學與中國歷史語言學等專業的碩士與博士學位。曾獲亨利.魯斯基金會中美合作研究項目提供的看就經費在江蘇省從事漢語方言地理學研究。2015年獲選成為普林斯頓高等研究院(IAS)的研究會員。他的研究範圍包括:漢語方言、方言地理學、歷史語言學、漢語史、漢語社會語言學等。目前的研究工作著重於官話方言與官話的歷史。其主要著作有 Chinese Dialect Classification / 《漢語方言分區的理論與實踐》(英文版1999,中文版,2011)、 Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification [漢語方言描述及分類問題探討](1999)、《漢語方言詞彙調查手冊》(與顧黔和石汝傑合著,2006)、《江淮官話與吳語邊界的方言地理學研究》(與石汝傑和顧黔合著,2006)、 Shanghainese-English Dictionary & Phrasebook [滬英–英滬小詞典](2011)、《漢語與漢藏語研究:方言、音韻與文獻》(與方妮安合編,2014)、《漢語方言共同音系研究》(與顧黔合著,2014)等書。他講授的本科課程包括CHIN1123「官話演進史」、CHIN1124「漢語方言和社會語言學」、CHIN2175「歷史比較語言學和漢語方言研究」。


Richard Van Ness Simmons is Professor in the School of Chinese at The University of Hong Kong and Professor of Chinese and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University. He holds a Master’s degree in Chinese literature, and a Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Simmons’ research activities include extensive fieldwork experience investigating and mapping the dialects of Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces in China. He has received numerous grants and awards to support his scholarship, including a multi-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation U.S. China Cooperative Research Program. In Spring 2015 Simmons was the Starr Foundation East Asian Studies Endowment Fund Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His areas of expertise include: Chinese dialectology, dialect geography, historical linguistics, history of Chinese, and Chinese sociolinguistics. His current research project is to compile a comprehensive history of Mandarin and Mandarin dialects. Simmons’ publications include Chinese Dialect Classification — A Comparative Approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1999; revision and translation in Chinese–Beijing: Zhonghua, 2010), Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification (Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series, Number 15, 1999), Chinese Dialect Geography: Distinguishing Mandarin and Wu in Their Boundary Region (Shanghai: Shanghai Education, 2006), Handbook for Lexicon Based Dialect Fieldwork (Beijing: Zhonghua, 2006), Shanghainese Dictionary And Phrasebook (New York: Hippocrene, 2011) and Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text (2014). Professor Simmons undergraduate courses are CHIN1123 “The Story of Mandarin”, CHIN1124 “Chinese dialects and sociolinguistics”, CHIN2175 “Historical-comparative linguistics and Chinese dialectology”