“During my stay at CUHK, I hope to promote new collaborations with colleagues at my home institute.”
Professor Chappell is a specialist in the typology of Sinitic (Chinese) languages, and currently holds the Research Chair in Linguistic Typology of East Asian Languages at one of France’s grands établissements – the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) – a graduate school in Paris. She has directed several projects at national and European levels focused on questioning and rethinking the typological profile of Sinitic languages in terms of their variation and diversity. Her European Research Council project led to the creation of a new series with De Gruyter Mouton in Berlin: Sinitic languages of China: Typological descriptions, for which four comprehensive grammars have already been published under her editorship.
As a CUHK visiting professor, she plans to conduct a workshop on border linguistics and language contact, and establish an exchange programme for professors and graduate students with the EHESS. Her own project is to write up a large part of the grammar of Waxiang during her stay, based on fieldwork of 12 months in Xiangxi, Hunan.