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LINGUIST List 18.3647

Wed Dec 05 2007

Books: Historical Ling/Phonology/Genetic Classification/Socioling: Chen

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Studies on Dialects in the Shanghai Area: Chen

Message 1: Studies on Dialects in the Shanghai Area: Chen
Date: 02-Dec-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Studies on Dialects in the Shanghai Area: Chen
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Title: Studies on Dialects in the Shanghai Area
Subtitle: Their Phonological Systems and Historical Developments
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 46
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Zhongmin Chen
Paperback: ISBN: 3895869783 Pages: 260 Price: Europe EURO 91.00

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

This study is an analysis of phonological systems and historical
developments of dialects in the Shanghai Area.

Though there are five groups in the area, it is the historical development
of The City group in the period from the 1850's to present which will be of
primary concern to us in this study. There are five chapters and two
appendices in the study. Chapter One presents the general information about
the location, history, administration, and population of the area, an
overview of previous studies, and a brief discussion of the research
methods and databases employed in the study. Chapter Two addresses the
internal divergence between the dialects and classifies the dialects in the
area into five groups. The analysis includes the criteria of the
classification, the classification of the dialects, and the
historical-cultural background of the classification. I treat the
characteristics of tonal systems as a principal criterion in classifying
the dialects in the area into five groups. Finally, a brief description of
the phonological systems of the four representative dialects in the
suburban area will be given.

Chapter Three is a description of the phonological system of The City
group. The sound system of The City group is based on most people's
(majority) pronunciation. The differences between "majority" and "older",
and other variations will be also discussed in this chapter. Chapter Four
presents a discussion of some major sound changes in the dialects. This
analysis includes tonal developments, pre-glottalized stops and their
developments, the difference between literary and colloquial readings, and
the pronunciation strata of the Yu rhyme category of Middle Chinese.
Chapter Five discusses the major sound changes that have occurred in The
City group from the 1850's to present by comparing the four sound systems
from three periods. Appendix One is the language atlas in the area. There
are twenty-five maps in this appendix, including administrative maps, two
maps on the classification of the dialects, and twenty-one maps of language
features. Appendix Two is a comparative morpheme-syllabary.

The pronunciations of more than 2,000 characters from the five groups are
listed in this appendix.

2nd printing 2007.

Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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