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Chen, Weirong

A Grammar of Southern Min

The Hui'an Language

Series:Sinitic Languages of China 3

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

    99,95 € / $114.99 / £91.00*

    Hardcover
    Publication Date:
    2019
    To be published:
    February 2020
    ISBN
    978-1-5015-1745-7
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Southern Min (also known as Hokkien or Minnan) is a major branch of Chinese spoken mainly in Fujian and Taiwan, but also in Guangdong, Hainan and Hong Kong, as well as in many countries of Southeast Asia. Highly conservative in its linguistic profile, it is considered by many scholars to be a living language fossil due to the preservation of many archaic features that reflect its long-lasting history and culture. Yet to date there has been no comprehensive study of Southern Min using a typological framework, as the tendency is to base analyses on the model of Mandarin Chinese, the standard language. This grammar aims to present a systematic description of the Hui'an language, mainly based on data collected via naturally occurring conversation. The volume includes four parts: nominal structure, predicate structure, clause structure and complex sentences, as well as a brief overview of phonology. It will have great appeal for heritage speakers, graduate students and scholars in both Chinese linguistics and typology.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. 530 pages
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Hui'an Dialect; Souther Min; Sinitic Language; Grammar; Language Typology

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    Weirong Chen, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

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