A study of the Mongolian Yi-Yu dictionaries and multilingual cliff inscriptions

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The Middle Mongol language is known from written documents that were recorded in many different scripts, including Uighur-Mongol, Phags-pa (Tibetan), Chinese, and Arabic scripts.  There are many important sources for reconstructing Middle Mongolian, including Yi-yu dictionaries and cliff inscriptions from the Xing'an mountains. This talk will focus on investigations from these different sources to develop a working understanding, with an eye towards reconstructing Middle Mongolian by parallel means in the future. 

About the speaker

Kereidjin.D.Bürgüd (Burigude)-is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is a linguist with a focus on Mongolic languages. Currently, she is working on Middle Mongolian Phonology and looking at Sino-Mongolian glossaries and the usage of Chinese characters to transcribe Mongolian words. Her most recent field research was conducted at the Greater Xing'an Mountains for investigation of multilingual cliff inscriptions. One publication includes, "A Study on Chinese Transcription for the Mongolian Sound of The Secret History of The Mongols (Ulaanbaatar, 2019)". She has many years of language teaching experience, such as a Middle Mongolian course at Eötvös Loránd University (2017-2018) and an Introductory Classical Mongolian course at Harvard University (2013-2014).