Languages and Linguistics

I spent most of my 20 years in the US Army as a translator of Mandarin Chinese and Japanese documents. I have also studied, to a greater or lesser extent, Taiwanese (Holo/Hokkien) Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Malay/Indonesian, Vietnamese, Spanish, German, and French.

I attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California for 47-week courses in Mandarin (1963), Japanese (1967-68), and Egyptian Arabic (1973). I also spent a year there (1979-80) on a team writing Mandarin extension courses for interrogators. I lived in Taiwan for 20 months (1964-66) and in Japan for 7.5 years (1968-72 and 1976-79). Unfortunately, I didn't get much chance to use my Arabic, so my skills have completely atrophied.

I haven't worked as a translator since 1980 and I'm not a linguist, but I'm still fascinated by languages and linguistics. I'm very interested in learning about Chinese linguistics, especially dialectology and reconstructions of earlier stages of the language. I'm also interested in Japanese as it relates to the reconstruction of Chinese. The Chinese dialect that interests me most is my late wife's dialect, Taiwanese Holo (also known as Hokkien). I've put up a Web page on the missionary romanization system, which is the most common system used for Holo.

PLEASE NOTE: I get lots of requests for info on Japanese and Chinese fonts, and even for free fonts. I use the fonts that are included as a part of the Macintosh Operating System. I cannot send out fonts, and I don't know where else to obtain them. Some of the links below may contain information on fonts. Other sources of information are folks on the sci.lang.japan newsgroup for Japanese fonts and the CHINESE and Mandarin Language Learners mail lists for Chinese fonts. Please do not send me e-mail asking me to send you fonts.

Someone pointed out that some Asian fonts for Windows are available from UnionWay. I'm not familiar with them, and can't confirm this (and don't use Windows), but I thought I'd add the link, anyway.

I now publish a Macintosh-based database program, iDataTM Pro, which is handy for storing all kinds of info in various languages. Here's a sample (made up) file of Japanese-language addresses. iData Pro is user-configurable, and has a very fast search function, too. It can also print labels and envelopes.

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Ainu-English Word List
Subscribing to the CHINESE Mail List
Chinese Language Topics
Japanese Language Topics
Other Languages
On-line Dictionaries for Other Languages
General Language Topics
Foreign Languages on the Mac

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Also, I don't do much investigation of linked Web sites, other than taking a quick look when someone requests that I add a link to their site, so take reasonable care when dealing with them. Also, please let me know if you encounter any unethical behavior on the part of any of the site owners.

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Links to Chinese Language Topics: (Back to Links List)

AsianA Communications - Chinese Translation, Typesetting, Software and Webpage Localization

Cantonese Language Association

Central News Agency (Taiwan)

China Institute

China Links - Marjorie Chan's vast collection of links

Chinese at Wake Forest University

Chinese Character FAQ

Chinese Characters and Culture

Chinese Classical Literature - Learn Chinese Online

Chinese-English Dictionary Project (CEDICT)

Chinese-Language Information Page

Chinese Language Learning Resources

Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) Home Page

Chinese Mailing Lists

Chinese Newsgroups

Chinese on the Net

Chinese Text Sampler

Cihui Chinese Input for Macintosh

Classical Chinese Literature

Clavis Sinica - Chinese language reading and dictionary software

Dictionary of Chinese-Japanese-Korean East Asian Buddhist Technical Terms

Foreign Ink Ltd. - Asian-language Translation and Typesetting

Frequency and Stroke Counts of Chinese Characters

Hakka Homepage (Dylan Sung)

Hello! Mandarin - Beijing Online School of Chinese Language

Just Shanghai - A Variety of China-related resources, and not just for Shanghai

Language and Nationalism in Asia

Language Attitudes Toward Written Taiwanese

Learn Chinese Online - Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese

Learning Chinese Online (Caifornia state University, Long Beach)

Learning Mandarin Chinese - Learn Chinese with free online lessons

Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center - Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture

Middle Chinese Spelling Construction Kit

Native Monks - Mandarin Chinese Lessons with Personal Tutor via Skype

Nigel Greenwood: Chinese (also French, Greek, Persian, Turkish, IPA, and more)

San Diego State University - Chinese Language Program

Sinologic - Software and More

Stephen Matthews - Chinese Linguistics (Hong Kong University)

Tai-gu-bang (Romanized Taiwanese email net)

University of Southern California - Chinese Language Program

Wenlin Institute: Software for Learning Chinese

Yahoo! Groups: Chinese - Mac

The Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork

Yingzi - Mark Rosenfelder's spoof on using Chinese characters to write English

The Zompist Phrasebook in Chinese (A hilarious guide for the Ugly American in China)

Links to Japanese Language Topics: (Back to Links List)

Serge Flore of the Netherlands has provided a chart of Japanese kana from a Dutch book on Japan that was printed in the year 1733. In addition to "catta canna" (katakana) and "firo canna" (hiragana ), it also includes what is referred to as "imatto canna", probably "yamato kana". These appear to be single examples of what are now referred to as "hentaigana".

Kana Chart from the Netherlands

Dictionary of Chinese-Japanese-Korean East Asian Buddhist Technical Terms

Hiragana Lessons from Benjamin Barrett

Jim Breen's Japanese Page - Online dictionaries and more

Maruzen Books

San Diego State University - Japanese Language Program

Links to Other Languages: (Back to Links List)

Aynu-English-Russian Dictionary and other materials by Alexander Akulov (Aynu = Ainu)

Hindi Language and Literature

Inquiries into Biblical Languages--Hebrew and Greek

Language Solutions International - Russian Translation

Let's learn English (for Japanese speakers)

Macintosh Education Software: Latin and Homeric Greek Vocabulary

Turkish Language Class - Free Online Lessons

On-line Multilingual Dictionaries: (Back to Links List) - Online dictionaries and flash card vocabulary lessons for many languages

Dr. Bhanot's Malay-English Cyber-Dictionary - Online dictionaries for many languages

German Dictionary (LEO)

travlang's Translating Dictionaries

Links to General Language Topics: (Back to Links List)


The Chomskybot

The Eclectic Company - Language & Linguistics

iLoveLanguages  - Catalog of language-related Internet resources

International Phonetic Alphabet - ASCII IPA Representation

iProbe - Translation Services and Interpretation Equipment Rental & Sales

Language Translations Page (dictionary links)

LANTRA-L (translation and interpretation mail list)

Linguist's Software - Fonts for many languages


Nostratic Article by George Johnson

Numbers in Over 5000 Languages

SAMPA computer readable phonetic alphabet

The sci.lang Newsgroup FAQ

Studying Phonetics on the Net

Summer Institute of Linguistics Home Page

Veritas Group - Translation, Interpreting, Web Localization

Your Multilingual Mac- Tons of good info

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