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Routledge Studies in East Asian Linguistics


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This research monograph series is dedicated to bringing together a collection of books by scholars on the linguistic issues of East Asian languages. Predominantly focussing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean linguistics, this series is for linguists studying a single East Asian language, or a comparison of languages from the region. Approaches can be theoretical, applied, historical, comparative, experimental or interdisciplinary in nature. Proposed volumes are welcome from all areas, including theoretical aspects of a language or its dialects, language change and variation, bilingualism and multilingualism, language policy and politics, pragmatics and honorifics, discourse studies, corpus studies, language acquisition, etc. This series is also meant for heritage language teachers and teachers-to-be who study theoretical and applied aspects of their language to be better equipped for teaching. All titles in the series will be published in English and meant for an international readership.

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The Grammar of Chinese Characters: Productive Knowledge of Formal Patterns in an Orthographic System

The Grammar of Chinese Characters: Productive Knowledge of Formal Patterns in an Orthographic System

1st Edition

James Myers
May 02, 2019

Anybody who reads or writes Chinese characters knows that they obey a grammar of sorts: though numerous, they are built out of a much smaller set of constituents, often interpretable in meaning or pronunciation, that are themselves built out of an even smaller set of strokes. This book goes far...

Southern Min: Comparative Phonology and Subgrouping

Southern Min: Comparative Phonology and Subgrouping

1st Edition

Bit-Chee Kwok
February 08, 2018

Southern Mǐn refers to a group of Chinese dialects spoken mainly in Southeast China and Taiwan. This group occupies a special position in the study of Chinese dialects, not only because of its large population of speakers (around 48 million) but also because of its preservation of various archaic...

The Grammar of Japanese Mimetics: Perspectives from structure, acquisition, and translation

The Grammar of Japanese Mimetics: Perspectives from structure, acquisition, and translation

1st Edition

Noriko Iwasaki, Peter Sells, Kimi Akita
December 13, 2016

Mimetic words, also known as ‘sound-symbolic words’, ‘ideophones’ or more popularly as ‘onomatopoeia’, constitute an important subset of the Japanese lexicon; we find them as well in the lexicons of other Asian languages and sub-Saharan African languages. Mimetics play a central role in Japanese...

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