A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This new interpretation of the early history of Chinese argues that Old
Chinese was typologically a 'mixed' language. It shows that, though its
dominant word order was subject-verb-object, this coexisted with
subject-object-verb. Professor Xu describes the typological changes that
have taken place since the Han period and shows how Chinese evolved into a
more analytic language, supporting her exposition with abundant examples
from recently discovered texts. She focusses on syntactic issues, but pays
close attention to closely related changes in phonology and the writing system.