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Chinese Grammar : Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives - Hilary Chappell

Chinese Grammar

Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780199272136
Number Of Pages: 428

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This book presents pioneering accounts by leading scholars of twelve central aspects of the grammar of Chinese languages. Deploying a combination of historical and typological approaches it shows the variety and diversity of Chinese languages as well as the extent to which these and their dialects differ from Mandarin. Each author provides full background information on the language or dialect under consideration including its historical and contemporary context. In her introduction Dr Chappell describes the history and geography of Chinese languages.

"A must-read... a vital reassessment of the field which shows there is much to be learned by integrating historical study with dialectal investigation." Journal of Linguistics

"Chappell combines typological observations of Sinitic and non-Sinitic languages with general linguistic theory in a most satisfying fashion.... A very welcome, refeshing and exciting contribution." Cahiers de Linguistique

Hilary Chappell is senior lecturer in linguistics at La Trobe University. Her published work includes The Grammar of Inalienability (with William McGregor, Amsterdam, 1995). She is currently writing a book on the typology of Chinese languages, also to be published by OUP.

The book is the first that combines diachronic with synchronic approaches in the study of Sinitic languages. ... There have been no lack of diachronic studies of Chinese grammar, for instance, but there has been no volume...that houses so many studies in one place. ...a must for students of Sinitic languages. * Linguist List *

Part I: Introduction 1: Hilary Chappell: Synchrony and Diachrony of Sinitic Languages: A Brief History of Chinese Dialects Part II: Typological and Comparative Grammar 2: Yunji Wu: The Development of Locative Markers in the Xiang-Changsha Dialect 3: Hilary Chappell: A Typology of Evidential Markers in Sinitic Languages 4: Christine Lamarre: Verb Complement Constructions in Chinese Dialects: Types and Markers Part III: Historical and Diachronic Grammar 5: Laurent Sagart: Vestiges of Archaic Chinese Derivational Affixes in Modern Chinese Dialects 6: Redouane Djamouri: Markers of Predication in Shang Bone Inscriptions 7: Alain Peyraube: On the Modal Auxiliaries of Volition in Classical Chinese Part IV: Yue Grammar 8: Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung: The Interrogative Construction: (Re)constructing Early Cantonese Grammar 9: Anne Yue: The Verb Complement Construction in Historical Perspective with Special Reference to Cantonese 10: Stephen Matthews and Virginia Yip: Aspects of Contemporary Cantonese Grammar: The Structure and Stratification of Relative Clauses Part V: Southern Min Grammar 11: Tsao Feng-Fu: Semantics and Syntax of Verbal and Adjectival Reduplication in Mandarin and Taiwanese Southern Min 12: Chinfa Lien: Competing Morphological Changes in Taiwanese Southern Min 13: Ying-Che Li: Aspects of Historical-Comparative Syntax: Functions of Prepositions in Taiwanese and Mandarin

ISBN: 9780199272136
ISBN-10: 0199272131
Series: Oxford Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57