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An Investigation of Various Linguistic Changes in Chinese and Naxi

Author(s): Jung-yao Lu

Book Description

The comparative analysis of historical linguistics focuses on reconstructing ancient patterns based on diachronic records and typological data from several languages or dialects in a language group. The ultimate aim of the comparative reconstruction which requires significant cross-linguistic observation and theoretical reasoning is to demonstrate the historical process of language changes. This book considers the diachronic development of both the Chinese language and the Naxi language, focusing particularly upon six contentious linguistic issues that are associated with various linguistic changes in most areas of the grammar of these languages, including phonological changes, semantic changes, syntactic changes, and contact-induced changes. These linguistic issues are: (1) tonal splits in proto-checked syllables and subgrouping of Loloish; (2) the semantic development of RETURN–还 in Chinese; (3) the semantic development of TAKE–把 in Chinese; (4) the development of agentive passive markers in certain dialects of Chinese; (5) definiteness and nominalization, relativization, and genitivization in Chinese; and (6) the development of nominalization, relativization, and genitivization in Naxi. This volume provides new methods and perspectives through which these issues can be analyzed and resolved on the basis of typological and diachronic evidence. It uses cross-linguistic data from Chinese and the Tibeto-Burman languages in order to reconstruct various diachronic developments in Chinese and Naxi.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4818-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4818-2
Date of Publication: 01/07/2013
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £44.99


Jung-yao Lu is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Chinese Minority Languages and Classics at Minzu University of China. Dr. Lu studied Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Oregon, obtaining his doctorate from the latter in 2012. His research activities center on the study of languages of South and East Asia, particularly those of the Sinitic and Tibeto-Burman families. A large part of his research has focused on the description of undocumented languages, analysis of variation within and across languages, and syntactic reconstruction of proto-languages. It is his belief that a good understanding of language dynamics and change can only come from a good understanding of syntactically cross-linguistic investigation. Most of his published work has focused on aspects of the functional theory of syntax, typology, and language change.