The Language of Death in Contemporary Taiwan:Evidence from Condolatory Idioms, Presidential Eulogies and the Self-introductions of Undertakers

Project Identification
Foundation RG002-N-15
Project Period
1/2016 - 12/2018
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Other foreign Foundation/Fund
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Arts

The proposed project (3 years) investigates how the Taiwanese culture verbalizes and conceptualizes an event of death from a cultural-cognitive linguistics point of view, using a corpus-based methodology. The project is based on unique sources of linguistic data that allows representative and authoritative sampling in contemporary Taiwan—The official online condolence-requesting system for public funerals operated by the Taipei City Government, official eulogies published by the Presidential Office of Taiwan, and self-introductions by Taiwanese funeral organizers.