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Based on Chinese historical data collected over the past three thousand years, the articles in the volume investigate the development of new grammatical categories and the process of lexicalization and grammaticalization of unique grammatical words. All these studies have identified tendencies of diachronic change in Chinese or typological characteristics that Chinese has compared to other languages.
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Janet Zhiqun Xing, Western Washington University, USA.Review:
"Nonetheless, all of the articles are important contributions to the corpus ofwork on diachronic change in Chinese. They expand the understanding of Western scholars interested in the history of the Chinese language. The results of the studies are useful for cross-linguistic research in various domains, suchas aspectual typology, typology of poly-predicative constructions, modalverbs, nominal classifiers, etc. They will also be very useful for teachingthe Chinese language and its theory and history, since it contains interestingdata on new tendencies in language use not yet reflected in textbooks andnormative grammars."Ksenia V. Antonyan in: Linguist List 23.5311
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