Abstract: This presentation is divided into two parts. In part one I will talk about the origin and evolution of language leading to the Out of Africa I exodus by Homo Erectus around 2.0 million years ago. In part two I will talk about the more recent Out of Africa II exodus by Homo Sapiens around 0.2 million years ago, leading eventually to the establishment of a Proto-Chinese homeland along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River around the year 6,000 BCE.
Jerome Packard is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Packard specializes in Chinese word structure, Chinese psycholinguistics, and Chinese language learning. He has performed research on Chinese aphasia and dyslexia, the first-language acquisition of Chinese, and the acquisition of Chinese as a second language. He is the author of numerous publications on the Chinese language, including the books New Approaches to Chinese Word Formation, The Morphology of Chinese and Chinese Children's Reading Acquisition (with W. Li and J. Gaffney). Dr. Packard is also a contributor to Huang, C. and Shi, D. (Eds.). The Cambridge Grammar of the Chinese Language, and Wang, W. S-Y. and Sun, C. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics.