Diversity in Sinitic Languages

Hardcover | January 3, 2016

EditorHilary M. Chappell

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This book presents new research into the great structural diversity found in Sinitic languages. While many studies focus principally on Standard Mandarin, this work draws on extensive empirical data from lesser-known languages, and seeks to dispel many recurrent linguistic myths about theSinitic language family.Part I presents findings that show the important interplay of research into diachronic linguistics and typology in China, beginning with a discussion of how to tackle the issue of linguistic diversity in Sinitic languages. Chapters in Part II examine the Sinitic languages from a crosslinguisticperspective with pan-Sinitic explorations of demonstrative paradigms; bare classifier phrases in relation to the coding of definiteness; and of the diachronic development of two main structures for comparatives of inequality with respect to issues in language contact. Part III is devoted toindividual studies of linguistic micro-areas in China: Pinghua and the Guangxi Autonomous Region in the far South of China; Shaowu Min in the northwestern corner of Fujian province; the Wu dialect of Fuyang; and the Hui'an Southern Min dialect in the South of Fujian province.

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This book presents new research into the great structural diversity found in Sinitic languages. While many studies focus principally on Standard Mandarin, this work draws on extensive empirical data from lesser-known languages, and seeks to dispel many recurrent linguistic myths about theSinitic language family.Part I presents findings...

Hilary M. Chappell holds the Chair in Linguistic Typology of East Asia at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her main research is on the typology of Sinitic languages (or Chinese dialects) with the goal of investigating the extent of their linguistic diversity. To this end, she has been carrying out fie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:January 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsNotes on contributorsPART I: Approaches to Diversity in Sinitic Languages1. Hilary M. Chappell: Introduction: Ways of tackling diversity in Sinitic languages2. Hilary M. Chappell: Linguistic areas in China for differential object marking, passive, and comparative constructions3. Alain Peyraube: Grammatical change in Sinitic languages and its relation to typologyPART II: Typological Studies of Sinitic Languages4. Yujie Chen: The semantic differentiation of demonstratives in Sinitic languages5. Wang Jian: Bare classifier phrases in Sinitic languages: A typological perspective6. Hilary M. Chappell and Alain Peyraube: The comparative construction in Sinitic languages: Synchronic and diachronic variationPART III: Individual Studies of Linguistic Micro-Areas7. Hilario de Sousa: Language contact in Nanning: Nanning Pinghua and Nanning Cantonese8. Sing Sing Ngai: On the origin of special numerals for 'one' in southeastern China: [kand#603;i213] in the northwestern Min dialect of Shaowu9. XuPing Li: Complex pronouns in Wu Chinese: Focalization and topicalization10. Weirong Chen: Comparative constructions of inequality in the Southern Min dialect of Hui'anReferencesIndex