LSASL 22: Introduction to Chinese Dialectology

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Introduction to Chinese Dialectology

Margaret Mian Yan
Indiana University

Introduction to Chinese Dialectology intends to give a comprehensive account of the studies on Chinese dialects tracing from the first Chinese dialect study of Yang Xiong's Fangyan "Dialect" to present works, covering mainly phonological and lexical features.

It investigates the dialect research from historical and theoretical linguistic perspectives. Topics include: the classification of Chinese dialects, dialect studies in different periods, the criteria for the dialect classification as proposed by different scholars, discussions on the Chinese dialectology from philological, descriptive, generative and computational quantifying approaches, and the contributions of Chinese dialectology to the general linguistic theories. The main text devotes to the description of the major phonological characteristics and distributions of the major dialects, supplemented by fourteen sketch dialect maps and over one hundred tables of dialect data for easier reading and comparisons. Each chapter is supported by exercises, which basically is in the form of contrastive and comparative linguistic analysis nature.


List of Maps and Figures

1 Background of Chinese Dialectology
1.1 Language, Dialect, and Subdialect
1.2 Pre-Modern Period of Dialectology
1.3 The Classification of Modern Chinese Dialects

2 Modern Period of Dialectology I
2.0 Modern Dialectology
2.1 Dialect Surveys from the 1920s - 1949
2.2 Dialect Surveys and Dialect Studies in Mainland China during 1950s-1960s
2.21 Dialect Surveys
2.22 Other Dialect Studies
2.3 Dialect Studies in Taiwan during 1950s- 1960s
2.4 Dialect Surveys and Dialect Studies from the 1970s-present
2.41 Dialect Studies in Mainland China
2.42 The Publications of Dialect Dictionaries in 1990s
2.43 Dialect Works in the Gazetteers
2.44 Chinese Dialect Sound Database
2.45 Dialect Studies in Taiwan

3 Modern Period of Dialectology II
3.1 Dialect Studies in the United States
3.2 The Chinese Linguistics Project at Princeton University
3.3 The DOC Project at the University of California, Berkeley
3.4 Quantitative Approach of Dialect Study
3.5 Dialect Surveys in Shandong, Fujian and Taiwan
3.51 Shulin Dialect Survey
3.52 Shandong Dialect Survey
3.53 Dialect Surveys in Fujian and Taiwan
3.6 Computer Database of Chinese Dialects at the University of Hawaii
3.7 Comparative Chinese Dialectal Grammar Project at University of Washington
3.8 Tone Sandhi Patterns of Chinese Dialects
3.9 The Yuen Ren Society

4 Major Dialect Groups

4.1 The Mandarin and Jin Dialects
4.11 Subgrouping of the Mandarin Dialects
4.12 General Characteristics of the Mandarin Dialects
4.121 Initials of the Mandarin Dialects
4.122 Finals of the Mandarin Dialects
4.123 Tones of the Mandarin Dialects
4.124 Lexical Differences in the Mandarin Dialects

4.2 The Wu Dialects
4.21 Subgrouping of the Wu Dialects
4.22 Sounds of Suzhou Dialect
4.23 Initials of the Wu Dialects
4.24 Finals of the Wu Dialects
4.25 Tones of the Wu Dialects
4.26 Lexical Differences in the Wu Dialects

4.3 The Xiang Dialects
4.31 Subgrouping of the Xiang Dialects
4.32 Sounds of the Changsha and Shuangfeng Dialects
4.33 Initials of the Xiang Dialects
4.34 Finals of the Xiang Dialects
4.35 Tones of the Xiang Dialects
4.36 Lexical Differences in the Xiang Dialects

4.4 The Min Dialects
4.41 Subgrouping of the Min Dialects
4.42 Sounds of the Fuzhou and Xiamen Dialects
4.43 Initials of the Min Dialects
4.44 Finals of the Min Dialects
4.45 Tones of the Min Dialects
4.46 Lexical Differences in the Min Dialects

4.5 The Gan Dialects
4.51 Subgrouping of the Gan Dialects
4.52 Sounds of the Nanchang Dialect
4.53 Initials of the Gan Dialects
4.54 Finals of the Gan Dialects
4.55 Tones of the Gan Dialects
4.56 Lexical Differences in the Gan Dialects

4.6 The Kejia Dialects
4.61 Subgrouping of the Kejia Dialects
4.62 Sounds of the Meixian Dialect
4.63 Initials of the Kejia Dialects
4.64 Finals of the Kejia Dialects
4.65 Tones of the Kejia Dialects
4.66 Lexical Differences in the Kejia Dialects

4.7 The Yue Diaelcts
4.71 Subgrouping of the Yue Dialects
4.72 Sounds of the Guangzhou Dialect
4.73 Initials of the Yue Dialects
4.74 Finals of the Yue Dialects
4.75 Tones of the Yue Dialects
4.76 Lexical Differences in of the Yue Dialects

4.8 Transitional Dialects
4.81 Transitional Nature of Mixed Dialect Areas
4.82 Huiyu
4.821 Subgrouping of the Hui Dialects
4.822 Sounds of the Jixi Dialect
4.823 Initials of the Hui Dialiects
4.824 Finals of the Hui Dialects
4.825 Tones of the Hui Dialects
4.826 Lexicon of the Hui Dialects
4.83 Pinghua
4.831 Subgrouping of the Pinghua Dialects
4.832 Sounds of the Tingzicun Pinghua

Concluding Remarks


Summary of Phonological Rules


ISBN 9783895866296 (Hardbound). LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 22. 300pp. 14 maps. 2006.

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