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Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics


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Edited by Walter Bisang, Mainz University, Germany

Asia is the world's largest continent, comprising an enormous wealth of languages, both in its present as well as its eventful past. This series contributes to the understanding of this linguistic variety by publishing books from different thoeretical backgrounds and different methodological approaches, dealing with at least one Asian language. By adopting a maximally integrative policy, the editors of the series hope to promote theoretical discussions whose solutions may, in turn, help to overcome the theoretical lean towards West European languages and thus provide a deeper understanding of Asian linguistic structures and of human language in general.

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The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

1st Edition

By Sanford B. Steever
February 29, 2016

This book introduces the syntactic process of auxiliary formation and applies it to the grammatical analysis of the indicative, or non-modal, auxiliary verbs of Modern Tamil. Using data from spoken and written registers gathered over several years, the book demonstrates for the first time the ...

Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation Perspectives from East Asian Languages

Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation: Perspectives from East Asian Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Simpson, Audrey-Li Yen-hui
August 10, 2018

The issue of how interpretation results from the form and type of syntactic structures present in language is one which is central and hotly debated in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.This volume brings together a series of eleven new cutting-edge essays by leading experts in East ...

Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese System and Theory behind cai, jiu, dou and ye

Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese: System and Theory behind cai, jiu, dou and ye

1st Edition

By Daniel Hole
May 16, 2017

This is an investigation into the grammaticalized system of focus-background agreement in Mandarin Chinese. The particles cái, jiù, dou and ye are, in a specific use type, shown to form the core of a highly systematic paradigm. This book is not just a valuable companion for anyone interested in ...

Vietnamese-English Bilingualism Patterns of Code-Switching

Vietnamese-English Bilingualism: Patterns of Code-Switching

1st Edition

By Ho-Dac Tuc
August 12, 2016

This book is concerned with three central issues: the universality of constraints on code-switching, the nature of the relation between language contact and bilingualism, and the social and linguistic components that facilitate code-switching....

A Grammar of Mangghuer A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

1st Edition

By Keith W. Slater
June 17, 2016

This book is a grammar of Mangghuer, a Mongolic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in China's northwestern Qinghai Province. Mangghuer is virtually unknown outside China, and no grammar of Mangghuer has ever been published in any language. The book's primary importance is thus as a ...

The Chinese Particle Le Discourse Construction and Pragmatic Marking in Chinese

The Chinese Particle Le: Discourse Construction and Pragmatic Marking in Chinese

1st Edition

By M.E. van den Berg, G. Wu
December 07, 2015

Ever since the start of Chinese linguistic studies, the description of the Chinese particle LE has remained elusive. The classification has evolved from a listing of sentences and the discussion of contrastive pairs to a more context and discourse-oriented analysis. The development in recent years ...

Linguistic Epidemiology Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

Linguistic Epidemiology: Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

1st Edition

By Nick Enfield
August 12, 2014

This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on ...

Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese A formal view

Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese: A formal view

1st Edition

By Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu
September 03, 2013

This innovative study on the phenomenon of 'grammaticalization' and its manifestation in Chinese provides new insights into language change in Chinese and a large number of grammatical topics. Grammaticalization occurs in all of the world's languages. Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu demonstrates general linguistic ...

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