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The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics

by William S. Y. Wang, Chaofen Sun

Part of the Oxford Handbooks Series

The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics Synopsis

The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics offers a broad and comprehensive coverage of the entire field from a multi-disciplinary perspective. All chapters are contributed by leading scholars in their respective areas. This Handbook contains eight sections: history, languages and dialects, language contact, morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology, socio-cultural aspects and neuro-psychological aspects. It provides not only a diachronic view of how languages evolve, but also a synchronic view of how languages in contact enrich each other by borrowing new words, calquing loan translation and even developing new syntactic structures. It also accompanies traditional linguistic studies of grammar and phonology with empirical evidence from psychology and neurocognitive sciences. In addition to research on the Chinese language and its major dialect groups, this handbook covers studies on sign languages and non-Chinese languages, such as the Austronesian languages spoken in Taiwan.

The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics Press Reviews

Addressing almost all the important aspects of Chinese linguistics by experts in their field, this book is a useful guide for academic scholars as well as learned readers to understand the latest issues and key findings in this field ... Ultimately, this handbook serves as an essential reference for scholars and readers who are interested in investigating the classical problems and recent advances in Chinese linguistics. * Wenjia Ma, Chinese Language and Discourse * This comprehensive, highly-informative, and thought-provoking handbook is an extraordinary treasure trove of information about Chinese linguistics that are of wider theoretical significance. The Handbook should be required reading for any graduate students in Chinese linguistics. It will undoubtedly serve as an indispensable reference for any scholar working on issues in/related to Chinese linguistics. Indeed anyone with interests in general linguistics will find this Handbook constructive. * Danjie Su (University of Arkansas), Studies in Language Vol. 41:4 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199856336
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: William S. Y. Wang, Chaofen Sun
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 792 pages
Categories: linguistics,

About William S. Y. Wang, Chaofen Sun

William Wang founded the Journal of Chinese Linguistics at Berkeley in 1973, and continues to be its editor. He was the Inaugural President of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, founded in 1992. His writings have appeared in many specialized journals as well as in general publications, including Nature, PNAS, American Scientist, and Scientific American. He has held various appointments in China, India, Italy, Japan, and Sweden. Chaofen Sun is Professor at Stanford University and was Yangtze Scholar at Beijing Language and Culture University. His areas of scholarship are in morphosyntactic changes in the history of Chinese, sociolinguistics and Chinese syntax. He ...

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