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Title: Yunnanese and Kunming Chinese
Subtitle: A Study of the Language Communities, the Phonological Systems, and the Phonological Developments
Written By: Ming Chao Gui
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 28
Description:

This is an interdisciplinary study composed of extensive research and
detailed analyses of Yunnanese, a Southwestern Mandarin language spoken in
Yunnan, China, and Kunming Chinese--one of its major varieties spoken in
the city of Kunming. The research work is conducted in three major areas:
the language communities, the phonological systems, and the phonological
developments in the past six decades. The language communities are
discussed from the perspectives of ethnology, sociolinguistics, and
dialectology, covering such aspects as history of the civilization of
Yunnan and Kunming, the ethnographical and ethno-historical account for the
twenty-four ethnic groups inhabiting in Yunnan province, the demographic
statistics of these groups, and dialect geography of Yunnanese and its
varieties, as well as the members of Southwestern Mandarin subgroup.

A language survey has been conducted in some detail on the varieties of
Yunnanese represented by one hundred and thirty-five locations with a
comparative study of their segmental and suprasegmental structures. A
comparative study on the language data representing two different varieties
of Kunming Chinese spoken in two different periods of time, i.e., in 1940s
and in 1990s, discloses the striking sound changes undergone by this
dialect. Analyses of tone sandhi in autosegmental and metrical framework
have revealed the edge sensitive characteristic of its tone system, as well
as the constrains of tone sandhi imposed by syntactic structure and lexical
category.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Phonology
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895866350
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 250
Prices: Europe EURO 70.00