Chinese Ethnic Minority Oral Traditions: A Recovered Text of Bai Folk Songs in a Sinoxenic Script

by Jingqi Fu and Zhao Min with Xu Lin and Duan Ling

About Jingqi Fu

Jingqi Fu is Professor of Chinese at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Nouveau Doctorat from Université de Paris III (Sorbonne), and a BA in French from the Beijing Institute of Languages. She has published in English, French, and Chinese in the areas of Chinese syntax, Bai syntax, nominalization, language contact, and syntax-morphology interface. Her research interests include typology, Tibeto-Burman languages, language preservation, and documentation.

Zhao Min is a literary historian and a native of Yunlong County, Yunnan. He is the director of the Research Institute of Nationality Cultures at Dali University in Yunnan. He has been the leading researcher in several state-funded research projects and authored numerous articles and books, including Salt and Horse Caravan Routes and Ethnic Societies on the Yunnan Southern Borders.

Xu Lin (1921–2005) was a Bai linguist and a pioneer in Bai language studies. As a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, she was part of the Ethnic and Linguistic Survey of the early 1950s. She coauthored two standard Bai reference books, The Survey Grammar of the Bai Language and Bai-Chinese Dictionary. She has published numerous articles on Bai and Lisu languages and folklore.

Duan Ling (1939–2012) was a folkorist, musician, and linguist with wide-ranging publications on Bai dialects and other minority languages such as Lisu, Nu, and Dulong; Bai tunes and poetry; and Bai rituals. He was the author of On the Rhyme and Structure of the Bai Tunes and Primitive Religious Practices of Lemo Bai and coauthor of Dialects of Dali Bai Autonomous Region.


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