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LINGUIST List 21.2831

Wed Jul 07 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics: Kurpaska

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Chinese Language(s): Kurpaska

Message 1: Chinese Language(s): Kurpaska
Date: 06-Jul-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Chinese Language(s): Kurpaska
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Title: Chinese Language(s)
Subtitle: A Look through the Prism of The Great Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 215
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110219142-1

Author: Maria Kurpaska
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219159 Pages: 276 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219142 Pages: 276 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

The major aim of the book is to trace the current structuring of the Chinese
language(s) on the ground of Chinese linguistics. The research presented is
based on the newest and most renowned sources, namely "The Great
Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects", and the "Language Atlas of China".

The author discusses the role "The Great Dictionary" plays in analyzing the
spectrum of linguistic differentiation in China and gives a detailed account of
the kind of information the dictionary provides. As background, she sketches
the development and current state of Chinese dialectology and dialect
research. One of the author's aims is to show respect for the grand
achievement the "Dictionary" undoubtedly is, but also to emphasize a critical
distance to some of the views presented in it.

Apart from being an analysis of this particular "Dictionary", the book presents
data about the state of modern Chinese dialectology. It provides information
about different classifications of the dialects and explains on what basis the
classifications are made. Looking at Chinese dialectology from a Western
point of view, the author aims to understand and present the Chinese
perspective.

The book fills an important gap in the field of Western sinology. So far,
despite lively discussions concerning the status of the varieties of Chinese
and their taxonomy, full-scale studies on Chinese dialects have been almost
non-existent in the Western World.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Language Policy

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng )

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