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Comparative Phonology of the Central Xiang Dialects (Language and Linguistics Monograph Series, 45)

W. South Coblin

Published by Institute of Linguistics, Academica Sinica, 2011
ISBN 10: 9860298033 / ISBN 13: 9789860298031
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Title: Comparative Phonology of the Central Xiang ...

Publisher: Institute of Linguistics, Academica Sinica

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

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383 pp., maps, bibliography, index. The Xi?ng dialects comprise one of the major families of modern Sinitic languages. However, a number of modern linguists doubt that, as currently constituted, this group forms a valid taxonomic unit. In confronting this problem, the present work identifies twelve dialects, currently considered to be Xi?ng, which can be associated with one another on the basis of a complex of shared innovations, vis-à-vis earlier common Chinese sound systems. This group of dialects, which clusters in the middle portion of the Xi?ng-speaking area, is designated here as "Central Xi?ng"; and its members are subjected to a comparative reconstructive analysis, resulting in a phonological proto-system, called "Common Central Xi?ng". The book also examines related questions of demographic and migration history, together with possible historical connections between Central Xi?ng and the Gàn family of dialects. It is suggested that Gàn and Central Xi?ng may ultimately have belonged to a dialect continuum and that this possibility should be investigated in future studies. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 9860298033AMA110414

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