Diachronic Perspectives and Synchronic Variation in Southern Min aims to address a range of grammatical phenomena in Southern Min.
The Sinitic languages show divergence not only in phonology but also in grammar. Together with Hakka, Yue and part of Wu, Min forms the two major Southern groups of Far Southern and Southeastern languages. There is a range of grammatical phenomena in Southern Min addressed here; the themes and theoretical issues covered in this book touch on a wide range of grammatical patterns of Southern Min from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives including comparatives, obligative and dynamic modals, formation of coordinate conjunctions from the comitative marker, the benefactive marker, the rise of the continuative aspect marker, grammaticalization of the verb of saying into a complementizer and purposives in Southern Min.
This book is aimed at researchers and scholars working on and interested in Chinese linguistics.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Maps
List of Tables
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chinfa Lien, Alain Peyraube
Chapter 2 Comparatives of Inequality in Southern Min: a Study in Diachronic Change from 15th to 21st Centuries
Hilary Chappell, Alain Peyraube, Song Na
Chapter 3 The Emergence of the Obligative Modal tioh8 in Southern Min: a Change Induced by Semantic-Pragmatic Factors
Ting-ting Christina Hsu
Chapter 4 Negation of Dynamic Modals with DIT 得 in Hainan Min
Chapter 5 Word Change and Language Change: a Case of 共 as a Coordinating Conjunction from Archaic Chinese gòng 共 to ka7 in Taiwanese Southern Min
Chapter 6 Exploration of the Benefactive Marker kang7 共 in Ming Qin Southern Min Script
Chapter 7 Taiwanese Southern Min hoo7 and its Counterparts in the Southern Min Varieties in Quemoy and Quanzhou
Chapter 8 The Etymology and Grammaticalization of the Continuative Aspect Marker le(h)4: a Survey from Historical Documents
Chapter 9 Kong2 as a Verb of Saying on the Move in Taiwanese Southern Min
Chapter 10 Purposives in Taiwanese Southern Min
Chinfa Lien and May Wang
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