Research Tasks

Toward Humanistic Linguistics of Complex Knowledge Generation and Communication

Research Objectives

This project seeks to build “complex humanistic knowledge generated by multimodal corpora(complex knowledge)” and lay the foundation for empirical humanistic linguistics. By applying multimodal corpora, complex knowledge and humanistic linguistics research methods to other fields in the humanities, this project also aims to conduct empirical and practical humanities research and ultimately to further the overall academic development of the humanities and facilitate the wide social dissemination and communication of complex knowledge – accomplishments of humanistic linguistics research - at the same time.

Research Outline

This study, as it purports to establish humanistic linguistics as a paradigm of empirical humanities, engages in the generation of complex knowledge by constructing and utilizing multimodal corpora. As data indicating various aspects of communication, such as gestures, writing, pictures and images, multimodal corpora refer to ones annotated and processed in numerous layers, including language, function, circumstances, context, history, and genre. Complex knowledge, generated via the analysis and use of multimodal corpora, is not only a totality of knowledge acquired through the observation and the understanding of both the reality of society and an individual life in examining the way language has been used from the beginning of modernity to the present, but also accomplishments of academic efforts made to solve problems therein. Accordingly, this study is conducted with its tasks segmented into five detailed areas – conversation; grammar; discourse and history; acquisition, application, and education; and humanistic information. Task 1 involves research on the aspect of communication reflected in formal discourse and daily conversation; Task 2 on a theoretical formulation of integrated spoken and written language grammar; Task 3 on modern discourse theory reflected in early modern media; Task 4 on language acquisition theory and its educational application; and Task 5 on the development of humanistic informatics by establishing a methodology of processing and utilizing multimodal corpora.