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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Penglin Wang

Penglin Wang


Diploma, Department of Russian, Beijing Foreign Languages University, Beijing, China
M.A. Department of Ethnology, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Ph.D. Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Office: Dean Hall 353
Phone: 963-3217
Fax: 963-3215

Interests & Expertise

  • Linguistic anthropology, linguistics, cognitive anthropology, cultural anthropology, Asian studies, Central Eurasia, China

Teaching and Research Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, January 1995-July 2001
  • Degree Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, June 1987-June 1991.
  • Research Associate, Research Institute of Nationality Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, October 1981-May 1987.

Selected Publications

  • 2013 Animal totemism and naming taboo.  Accepted for publication in The Mankind Quarterly
  • 2011 The power of numbers in shamanism: a patterned explanation of shaman names in Inner Asia.  Central Asiatic Journal 55.1:91-127.
  • 2008 Lunar symbolism and its lexical strata. Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi 15:173-198.
  • 2007 Octonary conception in Central Eurasia: its ethnonymic connection and numerical reinterpretation. Central Asiatic Journal 51.2:247-272.
  • 2006a Графические метафоры состояний шамана в петроглифах и концептуализация шаманизма с помщью чисел. Антропологический Форум 2006.5:259-277 (text in Russian).
  • 2006b Ternary symbolism. International Journal of Central Asian Studies 11:102-125.
  • 2005 A quaternary approach to Manchu side- '?' and its connection with Tokharian stwar 'four'. International Journal of Central Asian Studies 10.1:9-22.
  • 2004 Cognitive correlation between the number three and third person pronouns. General Linguistics 42:1-16.
  • 2003a Numerals in Inner Asian ethnonyms. International Journal of Central Asian Studies 8.1:1-30.
  • 2003b Symbolization and conceptualization of cardinal directions in Central Eurasia. The Mankind Quarterly 44.2:125-154.
  • 2000a A further study of the cognitive significance of the number four in Eurasia. The Mankind Quarterly 40/3:287-325.
  • 2000b Lexical connections between Germanic and Mongolic. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 5/1:71-91.
  • 1998a A geometric perception of cropland and village in Eurasia by using the words for 'four, square'. The Mankind Quarterly 39/1:3-43.
  • 1998b The etymology of English hand. Central Asiatic Journal 42/1.128-148.
  • 1998c A linguistic approach to Inner Asian ethnonyms. In The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Peoples of Eastern Central Asia, edited by Victor H. Mair, 483-507. The Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 26. Washington, DC: The Institute for the Study of Man (in collaboration with The University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications).
  • 1995 Tokharian words in Altaic regnal titles. Central Asiatic Journal 39/2.165-207.
  • 1993 On the etymology of English silk. Central Asiatic Journal 37/3-4.225-248.

Special Knowledge & Skills

  • Languages: Chinese, Russian, Dagur