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 Training 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.

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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 Teachers Association (CLTA) Home Page

Chinese on the Net

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

Frequency and Stroke Counts of Chinese Characters

Hello! Mandarin - Beijing Online School of Chinese Language

Language and Nationalism in Asia

Language Attitudes Toward Written Taiwanese

Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center - Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture

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

Sinologic - Software and More

Tianjin University of Technology - Chinese Language Program

University of Southern California - Chinese Language Program

Wenlin Institute: Software for Learning Chinese

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

Charles Kelly's Online Japanese Language Study Materials

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

Japanese Text Initiative - Japanese Text Online

Maruzen Books

Resources for the Study of East Asian Language and Thought

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

Online Turkish--Lessons and Online Dictionary

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 Creolist Archives - Creoles, Pidgins, Contact Languages

The Eclectic Company - Language & Linguistics

iLoveLanguages  - Catalog of language-related Internet resources

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

International Phonetic Alphabet - ASCII IPA Representation

International Phonetic Alphabet Fonts - SIL Encore Fonts

Language Conference Schedules

Language Translations Page (dictionary links)

LANTRA-L (translation and interpretation mail list)

LexiGraf Lexicography Project

Linguist's Software - Fonts for many languages


The Motor Theory of Language by Robin Allot

National Capital Area Chapter of the American Translators Association

Nostratic Article by George Johnson

Numbers in Over 5000 Languages

Psychology of Language - Page of Links

Roevin Translation Services

SAMPA computer readable phonetic alphabet

The sci.lang Newsgroup FAQ

Studying Phonetics on the Net

Summer Institute of Linguistics Home Page

Translation Agency

The Translator and the Current Services of the Internet

University Linguistics Departments, Programs and Centers

Veritas Group - Translation, Interpreting, Web Localization

Your Multilingual Mac- Tons of good info

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