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Diachronic Perspectives and Synchronic Variation in Southern Min

1st Edition

Edited by Chinfa Lien, Alain Peyraube


248 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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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

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

Huichi Lee

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

Jang-Ling Lin

Chapter 6 Exploration of the Benefactive Marker kang7 共 in Ming Qin Southern Min Script

Chian-Tang Su

Chapter 7 Taiwanese Southern Min hoo7 and its Counterparts in the Southern Min Varieties in Quemoy and Quanzhou

Chia-yin Hu

Chapter 8 The Etymology and Grammaticalization of the Continuative Aspect Marker le(h)4: a Survey from Historical Documents

Manju Chen

Chapter 9 Kong2 as a Verb of Saying on the Move in Taiwanese Southern Min

Chinfa Lien

Chapter 10 Purposives in Taiwanese Southern Min

Chinfa Lien and May Wang


About the Editors

Chinfa Lien is chair and emeritus professor at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He publishes widely from a synchronic and diachronic perspective focusing on functional categories such as demonstratives, pronouns, modals, negation and aspect as well as grammatical constructions such as interrogatives, exclamatives and imperatives in Southern Min.

Alain Peyraube is Emeritus director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris, France) and Chair professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). As a specialist in Chinese historical syntax and more recently on linguistic typology of Sinitic languages, he has authored five books and around two hundred articles. His latest research has been done within a broadly functional and cognitive framework from a cross-linguistic perspective.

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