Recently, supported by the "2015 World Famous Scientists Lecturing in Hubei", famous linguist professor Bernd Heine from Köln University, Germany, and professor Christa König from Research Institution of Frankfurt Goethe University in Africa were welcomed to CTGU for academic visit. They delivered academic reports titled "On Development of Discourse Markers" and "Serial Verbs: Africa and Beyond" respectively for our teachers and students in the lecture room W1509, College of Literature and Media on October 13th, 2015.
Professor Heine is one of the most influential functional linguists in the 20th century with deep attainments in many fields such as linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and African linguistics. He published nearly 40 books (proceedings) and more than 120 papers during in over 40 years research career. The grammaticalization theory founded by him has extremely profound influence in the international linguistics circle.
Christa König is a famous linguist and a professor in Research Institution of Frankfurt Goethe University in Africa. As the visiting professor in many universities, such as Tokyo University and Holland Advanced Research Institution, he has enjoyed reputation in the field of African linguistics.