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LINGUIST List 16.2294

Sat Jul 30 2005

Qs: Chinese Historical Syntax; Language Endangerment

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        1.    Keith Slater, Chinese Historical Syntax
        2.    Chiara Frigeni, Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization

Message 1: Chinese Historical Syntax
Date: 29-Jul-2005
From: Keith Slater <keith.w.slatergmail.com>
Subject: Chinese Historical Syntax

Dear Linguists,

A friend of mine is doing some work in historical syntax, and is interested
in references to syntactic stability/change in literary Chinese over
periods of several centuries. His question is:

''I was wondering if anyone knows much about the relative stability of
classical literary Chinese (lexically, syntactically, or general
stylistics). Does classical Chinese have any kind of literary stability
during any 600 year period from c.400 BC to c.1912? Reference to either
prose or to the poets would be helpful, although the syntax and stylistics
of poetry are a bit shaky even at a fixed point in time,
cross-linguistically. Are you aware of any authors on this subject whom I
could look up or quote?''

If you can make any recommendations for research sources, please send them
to me. I'll post a summary of responses.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Chinese Subgroup

Message 2: Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization
Date: 29-Jul-2005
From: Chiara Frigeni <cfrigenichass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization

As part of a project being carried out by the LSA Committee on Endangered
Languages and their Preservation, we are collecting information on courses
on language death, language endangerment, and language revitalization.

If you have taught a course in these areas in recent years and are willing
to share your syllabus, we would greatly appreciate it.

If you agree, your syllabus will become part of a website of teaching
resources on these topics.

Please send this information to Tanya Slavin at tanya.slavinutoronto.ca

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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