LINGUIST List 16.2294|
Sat Jul 30 2005
Qs: Chinese Historical Syntax; Language Endangerment
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Chinese Historical Syntax
Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization
Message 1: Chinese Historical Syntax
From: Keith Slater <keith.w.slatergmail.com>
Subject: Chinese Historical Syntax
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.
Language Family(ies): Chinese Subgroup
Message 2: Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization
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.
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