Barbara Meisterernst

Contact details

Humboldt-University Berlin
Seminary for Sinology Invalidenstrasse 118
10115 Berlin
Germany

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Academic career

  • Ph.D. (1998), Institute for Sinologie, Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University, Muenster.
  • Research Grant, Lise-Meitner (1999-2001)
  • Postdoc, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, CNRS, Paris (2002-2003)
  • Part time teacher, Institute for Sinologie, Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University, Muenster (2000- 2004)
  • Collaborator at the Academy of Berlin-Brandenburg, Turfanforschung, Digitisation of the mainly Buddhist Chinese and Sanskrit fragments (2005-2007, 2008-2010), financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and in collaboration with the International Dunhuang Project, London.
  • Guest professorship at the University of Gent, in the department for East Asian Languages and Cultures. (February 2006 - December 2009)
  • (May 2008) A course on the Syntax of Classical Chinese in the Summer School of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics in Amsterdam.
  • Part time teacher at the Technische Hochschule Berlin of a class on ‘The languages of China and its Neighbours’. (Summer term 2008)
  • Part time teacher at the Technische Hochschule Berlin of a class on ‘Chinese Linguistics from the Chinese and the European perspective’. (Summer term 2009)
  • Part time teacher at the Technische Hochschule Berlin of a class on ‘The Chinese language and Western Linguistics: An introduction into the history of the science’. (Summer term 2010)
  • A course at the Seminar of Sinology, Humboldt-University “The languages of China and its neighbours”. (Summer term 2010)
  • Part time teacher at the Technische Hochschule Berlin of a class on ‘The Silk road: A cultural history of global relations in the first millenniun CE. (Winter term 2010/11)
  • A class at the Seminar of Sinology, Humboldt-University “The travels of Faxian”. (Winter term 2010/11)
  • Researcher at Humboldt University, Seminary for Sinology.
  • (March 2012) Organization of the 7th Spring School of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics (with Daniel Hole). Course Programma: Meisterernst, Barbara: "Classical Chinese Grammar: Theoretical approaches and syntactic analysis" ; Shapiro, Roman: "Non-canonical and foreign writing systems for Chinese" ; Hole, Daniel: "Introduction to formal semantics". 
  • Habilitation: June 2012, University Hamburg

Main research interests

Classical, Pre-Medieval and Medieval Chinese, diachronic syntax, phonology, Buddhist Chinese

Current research project

“The diachronic development of the verb phrase in Pre-Tang Chinese: Aspect and Modality from Classical to early Medieval Chinese”

(„Die diachrone Entwicklung der Verbalphrase im  Prä-Tang Chinesisch: Aspekt und Modalität vom klassischen zum frühmittelalterlichen Chinesisch“)

 

Additional information

  • Member of the Board of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics. (since 2007)
  • Co-editor of Série CLÉ, Chinese Linguistics in Europe. (since 2007)
  • Member of the executive committee of the International Association of Chinese linguistics. (2008-2009)
  • Secretary of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics. (since 2009)
  • Member of the “Ost-West-Gesellschaft für Sprach- und Kulturforschung e.V., Berlin. (since 2010)
  • Member of the “Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft”. (since 2010)
  • Member of the Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale, Paris.
  • Member of the Reading Committee of the Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, Language and Linguistics, Journal of East Asian Linguistics, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.

 

Publications

Monographs

  • (2000), Sprachwandel vom klassischen zum hanzeitlichen Chinesisch. Münsterische Sinologische Mitteilungen, Beitraege zur Geschichte und Kultur des Alten China. Edited by Ulrich Unger and Hans Stumpfeldt. Bad Honnef: Bock + Herchen, 2000.
  • (2008), Redouane Djamoure, Rint Sybesma, Barbara Meisterernst (eds.). Chinese Linguistics in Europe (CLE). Paris: Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale.

To appear

  • Tense, Aspect, and the Semantics of the Verb: A linguistic study of the Shǐjì (book, ca. 300 pages).

    Articles

    • (2001)The Position of Interrogatives in a Han-time Text", presented at the T3rd International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Grammar, Paris, June 22-24, 1998. In: Djamouri, Redouane (ed.) Collected Essays in Ancient Chinese Grammar, Paris: EHESS, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale, pp. 265-287.
    • (2002), "Eine Übersetzung der Yüeh-yü Sektion des Kuo-yü". In: Und folge nun dem, was mein Herz begehrt. Festschrift für Ulrich Unger zum 70. Geburtstag. Hamburger Sinologische Schriften 8, Hamburg: Hamburger Sinologische Gesellschaft e.V., pp. 509-542.
    • (2003), "The Syntax of Duration Phrases in Han period Chinese", Acta Orientalia Hungarica, 56, 2-4, pp. 117-136.
    • (2004), "The Future Tense in Classical and Han period Chinese". In: Takashima, Ken'ichi and Jiang Shaoyu (eds.). Meaning and Form: Essays in Pre-Modern Chinese Grammar, München: Lincom, pp. 121-146.
    • (2004), "Temporal phrases in the Shiji: adverbials indicating a point of time", revised version of a paper presented at the Dix-septièmes Journées de Linguistique de l'Asie Orientale, Paris, June 26-27, 2003. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale 33.2, pp. 203-250.
    • (2005),"Some remarks on the syntax and the semantics of the so-called aspectual markers ji and yi", revised version of a paper presented at the Seizièmes Journées de Linguistique de l'Asie Orientale, Paris, June 3-4 , 2002. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 33,1, pp. 68-113.
    • (2005), Barbara Meisterernst, Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, "Some Remarks on the Chinese and Sogdian 'Sutra of the Causes and Effects'". In: Weber, D. (ed.). Languages of Iran: Past and present. D.N. MacKenzie Commemorative Volume, pp. 109-127.
    • (Review 2006), Lévi, Jean, Liu Chaoying, Qi Chong, Peyraube, Alain and Bai Gang (2005). 齊 語 Discours du Qi: Texte historique de la Chine pré-impériale. Lyons: ENS Éditions. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orietale, 35.2.
    • (2006), "Negation and the Causative verb shi in Han period Chinese", presented at the 36th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Melbourne, November 26-30, 2003. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, 69:3, pp. 433-455.
    • (Review 2008), Giele, Enno. Imperial Decision-Making and Communication in Early China. Opera Sinologist 20. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Third Series. 18,1, pp. 244-246.
    • (2008), "The negative wei in Han period Chinese", presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Tianjin, June, 2004. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 36.1, pp. 121-154
    • (2008), “Modal verbs in Han period Chinese Part I: The syntax and semantics of 可and kĕ yĭ 可 以”, presented at the XXième Journées Linguistique sur l’Asie Orientale, Paris, June 2006. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 37.1, pp. 85-120.
    • (2008), “Modal verbs in Han period Chinese Part II: Negative Markers in combination with the modal auxiliary verbs 可 and kĕyĭ 可 以. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 37.2, pp. 197-222.
    • (2009), “Handai hanyu shijian ju zhong « hou » de jufa fenxi 汉代汉语时间句中“後”的句法分析”. Hanyu shiti lishi yanjiu lunwenji 汉语时体历时研究论文集 . Beijing: Yuwen chubanshe 语文出版社.
    • (2009), Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, Barbara Meisterernst, “The Buddhist Sogdian P 7 and its Chinese source”. In: Sundermann, Werner, Hintze, Almut, de Blois, Francois. Exegisti monumenta. Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Iranica 17. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, pp.313-324.
    • (2010), “Object Preposing in Classical and pre-Medieval Chinese”. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 19.1, pp. 75-102. 19.1 and Online publication doi: 10.1007/s10831-010-9056-x.
    • (2010), “The syntax of hou in temporal phrases in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 13thIACL conference, Leiden, June 9-12, 2005. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 20, pp. 503-522. Online publication doi: 10.1017/S1356186310000258.
    • (2011), "Aspectual structures in Buddhist Chinese texts”. In: Hànwèn Fódiǎn yǔyén xué 漢文佛典語言學. Taiwan: 法鼓佛教學院, pp. 58-99.
    • (2011), "From obligation to future? A diachronic sketch of the syntax and the semantics of the auxiliary verb dāng 當. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale 40,2, p. 137-188.
    • (2011), in collaboration with Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst “Buddhist Sogdian texts in relation to their Chinese sources, paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Ancient Manuscripts and Documents of the Minorities in China. Beijing, October: 20-22, 2010.
    • (2012), "A syntactic analysis of modal bì 必: auxiliary verb or adverb?”, In: Cao Guangshun, Hilary Chappell, Redouane Djamouri, and Thekla Wiebusch (eds.)  Breaking down the Barriers: Interdisciplinary Studies in Chinese Linguistics and Beyond (Language and Linguistics Monograph Series). Taipei, November 2012.
    • (2012), "Number in Chinese: a diachronic study of the case zhù 諸 From Han to Wei Jin Nanbeichao Chinese”. In Xu Dan (ed.). Quantification and Plurality, Number and Person in the Languages of Asia. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • (2012), "The language of advice in early Buddhist texts”. In Sharma, Nirmala [ed.]: Buddhism in Kashmir. New Delhi: Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Aditya Prakashan, 2012, 175 S.
    • (2012), "Verb classes and aspects: Situation type in Pre-Tang Chinese." To appear in: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft.
    • (2013), "Vernacular elements and Literary language in Han period Chinese: A linguistic comparison of corresponding chapters in the Shiji and the Hanshu”, presented at the Symposium on The History and Current State of Written Chinese, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May, 7 and 8, 2011. To appear in Zeitschrift für die Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft and in Chinese.
    • (2013), "Hanchao Hanyu wenyan zhong de kouyu chengfen – Shiji yu Han duiying juan de yuyanxue bijiao yanjiu 汉朝汉语文言中的口语成分 —《史记》与《汉书》对应卷的语言学比较研究.“ In: Feng Shengli (ed.). Hanyu shumian yu de lishi yu xian zhuang  汉语书面语的历史与现状. Beijing University Press.
    • (2013), "Chinesische Grammatiken seit Georg von der Gabelentz”, In: Georg von der Gabelentz. Tübingen: Peter Lang.
    • (2013), Four articles in the Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics (ECLL) edited by Rint Sybesma et al.: 1. Premodern Aspect; 2. Pre-Modern Modal verbs, 3. Scientific biography: Ulrich Unger; 4. Warring States to Medieval Chinese.
    • (2013), "Some remarks on the language of Kumārajīva's translation of the Lotus Sutra”, paper presented at the International Seminar Kumarajiva: Philosopher and Seer, New Delhi, 3rd – 5th February, 2011.

    To appear

    • "Verb classes and aspectual marking in early Buddhist Chinese texts”, presented at the Conference on “Early Chan Manuscripts among the Dunhuang findings, Resources in the Mark-up and Digitization of Historical Texts”, Oslo, September 28 – October 2, 2009.
    • "The expression of epistemic modality in Classical and Han period Chinese”, presented at the 7th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, Venice September 13-15, 2011. In: Meisterernst, Barbara (ed.): New Aspects of Classical Chinese Grammar. Asien und Afrikastudien der Humboldt Universität, Harraossowitz.

    Lectures

    • “Temporality in the Shiji: A comparison of the function of the aspectual markers ji and yi in the Shiji“, presented at the “Treizièmes Journées de Linguistique de l'Asie Orientale”, Paris, June 1999.
    • “Temporalität im Shiji: Ein Vergleich der Aspektmarkierungen ji und yi und der Temporalmarkierung chang” (Temporality in the Shiji: A comparison of the aspect markers ji and yi and the temporal marker chang), at the Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften, Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, June 1999.
    • “Temporal markers in a Han time text”, at the “Quatorzièmes Journées de Linguistique de l'Asie Orientale”, Paris, May 2000.
    • Presentation of my research work in a lecture on the Shiji in the Needham Institute in Cambridge, England, June 2000.
    • “Tense and Aspect in a Han time text: the adverbs chang, chang and su”, at the XIII. E.A.C.S. Conference, Turino, September 2000.
    • “Does Chinese have a durative or progressive form?”, at the “Quinzièmes Journées de Linguistique de l'Asie Orientale”, Paris, June 2001.
    • “The Future Tense in Classical and Han period Chinese”, at the 4th International Conference on Classical Chinese Grammar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, August 2001.
    • “The negative wei in the Shiji”, at the 2nd Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, Rome, September 2001.
    • “Some remarks on the syntax and the semantics of the so-called aspectual markers ji and yi” presented at the Seizièmes Journées de Linguistique de l’Asie Orientale, Paris, 3-4 June 2002.
    • “The Syntax of Duration Phrases in Han period Chinese” presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Nagoya, Japan, 19-22 August, 2002.
    • “Les adverbes temporels en Chinois de la période Han”, the 10th of February, 2003, in the C.R.L.A.O., Paris.
    • “La construction en shi dans le Shiji”, the 14th of March, 2003, in the C.R.L.A.O., Paris.
    • “Temporal phrases in Han period Chinese: adverbials indicating a point of time”, presented at the Dix-septièmes Journées de Linguistique de l’Asie Orientale, Paris, 26-27 June, 2003.
    • “The syntax and semantics of the adverb qie in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 3rd International Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, Gent, 8-10 September, 2003.
    • “Negation and the Causative verb shi in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 36th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Melbourne, 26-30 November, 2003.
    • “The negative wei in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics in Tianjin, June, 2004.
    • “Situation type and situation type shifts in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 5th International Symposium on Classical Chinese Grammar in Taipei, 20-22 August, 2004.
    • “Zitat und Text – Tempus, Temporalität und Textstruktur in zwei hanzeitlichen Texten“, presented at the Deutscher Orientalistentag in Halle, 20-24 September, 2004.
    • “Situation type in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 3ième Journée d’Études par l’AREC (Association Recherche et Enseignement du Chinois), Paris, 26. May, 2005.
    • “The syntax of hou in temporal phrases in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 13th IACLConference, Leiden, 9-12 June, 2005.
    • “Does the language of Sima Tan differ from the language of Sima Qian?”, presented at the 21th  Warring States Project Conference, Amherst, 7-10 October, 2005.
    • “Give and Take: prepositional phrases with yi and word order in Classical and Pre-Medieval Chinese.” Presented at the 38th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Xiamen, 28-31 October 2005.
    • “Situation types in Han period Chinese: Some evidence for the lexical category accomplishment in Classical and Han period Chinese”, presented at the Department of Linguistics, Hong Kong University, 1. November 2005.
    • “Object Preposing in Classical and pre-Medieval Chinese”, presented at the 4th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics. Budapest, 20-22 January 2006.
    • “How to give in Classical and Pre-Medieval Chinese: Double-Object and Dative-Constructions”, presented at the 14th  IACL Conference, Taipei, May 2006.
    • “Modal verbs in Han period Chinese: The syntax and semantics of ke 可and keyi 可 以”, presented at the XXième Journées Linguistique sur l’Asie Orientale, Paris, June 2006.
    • “Modal verbs in Han period Chinese: The syntax and semantics of ke 可and keyi 可以”, revised version, presented at the 15thIACLConference in New York, 24-27 Mai 2007.
    • “Object Preposing in Classical and pre-Medieval Chinese”, revised version presented at the 6th International Conference on Classical Chinese Grammar. Xi’an, 14-16 August, 2007.
    • “The syntax and the semantics of the negative mo 莫: a diachronic sketch”, presented at the 5thConference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics. 4-7 September 2007.
    • “Zeiten und Verben: Syntaktische und semantische Kriterien zur Analyse von Zeit im Chinesischen.” Communication in honour of Professor Ulrich Unger, 15. 12. 2007 at the Institute of Sinology, Münster.
    • “The syntax and the semantics of temporal adverbs in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 11th IsCLL Conference in Hsinchu, May 23-25, 2008.
    • “Modal verbs in Han period Chinese: The syntax and semantics of ke 可and keyi 可 以”, presented at the Department of Linguistics, Hong Kong University, 27.05. 2008.
    • “Quantification and Negation in Classical Chinese: a diachronic sketch of the negative 莫”, presented at the 16thIACLConference, Beijing, 30.05 – 02.06. 2008.
    • “Aspectual structures in Buddhist Chinese texts”, presented at The International Conference on Buddhist Chinese, at NationalChengchiUniversity, Taipei, 31.10.-03.11. 2008.
    • “The Syntax and the Semantics of Temporal Prepositional Phrases in Han period Chinese”, presented at the Department of Linguistics, Hong Kong University, 07.11.2008.
    • “Situation type in Han period Chinese”, presented at the ‘Verb Typologies revisited’, Gent, 5.2.-7.2.2009.
    • “Simultaneity and the Continuous: The adverb fāng 方”, presented at the 17th International Conference of Chinese Linguistics IACL-17, Paris, July 2009.
    • “The syntax and semantics of temporal prepositional phrases in Han period Chinese”, presented at the 6th conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics”, Poznan, August 2009.
    • “The Digitization of Chinese Texts preserved in the Berlin Turfan-Collection”, presented at the joined conference on “Early Chán Manuscripts among the Dūnhuáng Findings” and “Resources in the Mark-up and Digitization of Historical Texts”, Oslo, 28.09.-02.10.2009.
    • “Temporal and aspectual structures in Buddhist Chinese texts, revisited”, presented at the joined conference on “Early Chán Manuscripts among the Dūnhuáng Findings” and “Resources in the Mark-up and Digitization of Historical Texts”, Oslo, 28.09.-02.10.2009.
    • “The formation of bisyllabic verbs from the Han to the Sui period”, presented at the AREC 2009 conference, Paris, 07.-08.11.2009.
    • “Online resources on the Silk Road”, Lecture at Gent University, 10.12.2009.
    • “Aspectual structures in Wei-Jin Nanbeichao: Conservatism and Innovation”, paper presented at the 18th Conference of the International association of Chinese linguistics, Harvard, May 20-22, 2010.
    • “From obligation to future? A diachronic sketch of the syntax and the semantics of the auxiliary verb dāng ”, paper presented at the 23e Journées de Linguistique d'Asie orientale, Paris, June 1-2, 2010.
    • “Georg von der Gabelentz und die Chinesischstudien nach ihm“, paper presented at the International Gabelentz-Konferenz 2010, August 9-10, 2010.
    • “Certainty, necessity, and obligation: a semantic analysis of bì in pre-Medieval Chinese”, paper presented at the 7th International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Grammar. Roscoff, September 16-19, 2010.
    • In collaboration with Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst “Buddhist Sogdian texts in relation to their Chinese sources, paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Ancient Manuscripts and Documents of the Minorities in China. Beijing, October: 20-22, 2010.
    • “From obligation to future? A diachronic sketch of the syntax and the semantics of the auxiliary verb dāng , revisited”, seminar at Hong Kong University, October 26, 2010.
    • Some remarks on the language of Kumārajīva's translation of the Lotus Sutra”, paper presented at the International Seminar Kumarajiva: Philosopher and Seer, New Delhi, 3rd – 5th February, 2011.
    • Vernacular elements and Literary language in Han period Chinese: A linguistic comparison of corresponding chapters in the Shiji and the Hanshu”, to be presented at the Symposium on The History and Current State of Written Chinese, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May, 7 and 8, 2011.