Southern Min

Southern Min : Comparative Phonology and Subgrouping

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About 47 million people in Southeast China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia speak Southern Min, a major Chinese dialect group. Yet, Southern Min itself is linguistically diversified. How did Southern Min evolve into its present forms? What is the relationship between different members in this dialect group? Southern Min: Comparative Phonology and Subgrouping attempts to provide answers to these questions from a phylogenetic perspective. Using largely first-hand data, the author offers the first phonological reconstruction of Proto-Southern-Min from which all modern dialects are assumed to have derived. A major contribution of this book is the generation of a panoramic view of the structure of the Southern Min family. This book advances our knowledge of not only the linguistic importance of Southern Min, but also the methodology of Chinese dialect classification. This book will be an important reference for people interested in Chinese dialectology and historical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black & white illustrations, 80 black & white tables
  • 1138943657
  • 9781138943650

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"Hokkien Southern Min preserves time-honored phonological features that have been long lost in modern Mandarin Chinese. In this condense yet in-depth book Dr. Kwock provides us with a comprehensive treatment of how Southern Min evolves from its earlier stages to present diversified subdialects based on the fresh first-hand fieldwork and the historical comparative method. Many intriguing theoretical issues in particular dialectal subgroup have been cogently presented and tackled with author's expert knowledge of a variety of Southern Min in their constant drift." - Lien Chinfa, Professor, Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua Universityshow more

About Bit Chee Kwok

Kwok Bit-Chee is Associate Professor at the Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Chinese dialectology (especially Yue, Min, Hakka and Pinghua), historical linguistics, minority languages in South China (especially Tai-Kadai and Hmong-Mien), language evolution and contact more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 1.1 What is a Min dialect? 1.2 Traditional classification of Min 1.3 Previous studies on Southern Min from a historical comparative perspective 1.4 Targets and methodologies adopted in this study 1.5 The organization of the book 2. The Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Southern-Min 2.1 Our Data 2.2 A reconstruction of Proto-Southern-Min onsets 2.3 A reconstruction of Proto-Southern-Min rhymes 2.4 A reconstruction of Proto-Southern-Min tones 2.5 From Proto-Min to modern Southern Min 3. The Subgrouping of Southern-Min 3.1 Criteria for linguistic subgrouping 3.2 An overview of the subgrouping of Southern-Min 3.3 A comparison between the current subgrouping and traditional classificatory proposals 3.4 The position of the Datian dialect within Southern Min 3.5 The connections between the Chaozhou, Leizhou and Hainan dialects 3.6 The nature of the language as reflected in Arte de la lengua chio chiu, the earliest extent Southern Min vernacular 4. Conclusion 4.1 Summary 4.2 Outlookshow more