Sinitic Grammar: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives

Hardcover | November 1, 2001

EditorHilary Chappell

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This book is an anthology on topics in the grammar of Chinese (Sinitic) languages. The aim of the book is to meld historical and typological approaches in the examination of grammatical phenomena in order to show the extent to which both earlier stages of Chinese, as well as the moderndialects, differ from standard Mandarin. With this purpose in mind, each author has provided important background information on the Chinese language or dialect under investigation-or on the historical period as the case may be. Similarly, the introduction to the book provides an up-to-datedescription of Sinitic languages in terms of history and geography, placing the goals of the volume into perspective. A dialect map of China and a summary of each chapter is provided in this same introductory chapter to further facilitate use of the book. General readers, curious about Sinitic languages-or Chinese dialects-should find this collection equally accessible as specialists in the fields of Chinese linguistics; typology; historical and diachronic linguistics; grammaticalization; and empirical, descriptive linguistics. Topics covered includeaspect, evidentials, locatives, verb complementation, reduplication, modal verbs, markers of predication, affixation, prepositions, relative clauses, interrogatives, and stratification. Language data from most of the ten main Chinese dialect groups are presented, the specific dialect studies beingon Xiang, Cantonese Yue, and Taiwanese Southern Min. Earlier stages of Chinese examined include the Pre-Archaic Shang bone inscriptions, Archaic and Medieval Chinese, and the written genre of Classical Chinese.

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This book is an anthology on topics in the grammar of Chinese (Sinitic) languages. The aim of the book is to meld historical and typological approaches in the examination of grammatical phenomena in order to show the extent to which both earlier stages of Chinese, as well as the moderndialects, differ from standard Mandarin. With this ...

Hilary Chappell is a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at La Trobe University, Melbourne. During the last six years, she has embarked upon the first large scale typological study of grammatical diversity in Sinitic (Chinese) languages. She has carried out field work and research in China (2 years) and Taiwan (1 year), i...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:425 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Hilary Chappell: Synchrony and Diachrony of Sinitic Languages: A Brief History of Chinese DialectsPart II: Typological and Comparative Grammar2. Yunji Wu: The Development of Locative Markers in the Xiang-Changsha Dialect3. Hilary Chappell: A Typology of Evidential Markers in Sinitic Languages4. Christine Lamarre: Verb Complement Constructions in Chinese Dialects: Types and MarkersPart III: Historical and Diachronic Grammar5. Laurent Sagart: Vestiges of Archaic Chinese Derivational Affixes in Modern Chinese Dialects6. Redouane Djamouri: Markers of Predication in Shang Bone Inscriptions7. Alain Peyraube: On the Modal Auxiliaries of Volition in Classical ChinesePart IV: Yue Grammar8. Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung: The Interrogative Construction: (Re)constructing Early Cantonese Grammar9. Anne Yue: The Verb Complement Construction in Historical Perspective with Special Reference to Cantonese10. Stephen Matthews and Virginia Yip: Aspects of Contemporary Cantonese Grammar: The Structure and Stratification of Relative ClausesPart V: Southern Min Grammar11. Tsao Feng-Fu: Semantics and Syntax of Verbal and Adjectival Reduplication in Mandarin and Taiwanese Southern Min12. Chinfa Lien: Competing Morphological Changes in Taiwanese Southern Min13. Ying-Che Li: Aspects of Historical-Comparative Syntax: Functions of Prepositions in Taiwanese and Mandarin