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Abstract Alternative explanatory hypotheses covering three problematical areas in Chinese dialectology are presented, and, on the basis of the inadequacies in some earlier formulations, new possibilities are explored. First, an examination of the development of tones and their relation to...
Abstract In Chinese and in South East Asian languages we commonly encounter the phenomenon that a vowel or a set of vowels have undergone an influence which has caused each vowel to split into variants, which after the loss of the conditioning factor acquire status as phonemes.
Abstract The theoretical basis of Hjelmslev's paper “Outline of the Danish Expression System with Special Reference to the Stød”3 is his book Omkring sprog-teoriens grundlœggelse from 1943.4
Abstract “Ergativity”2 is one of the syntactic characteristics of the Eskimo languages. It is reflected in the surface representation of sentences by a difference in case marking between transitive and intransitive sentences, the former being related in form to possessive constructions.
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