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.
The apparent flexibility of words in Classical Chinese with respect to traditional
word classes has always posed a problem in the description of this language
and has caused much misunderstanding. Moreover, it has been long
understudied, along with the closely related theory of Classical Chinese word
classes. This work seeks to summarize previous research on this issue, re-
orientate the discourse and construe a new interpretative paradigm that would
lead to a more complex and realistic view. It is principally based on a multi-
disciplinary approach and supported by the theoretical framework of cognitive
linguistics. The study deals with the very conception of word classes, but its
focus lies in the analysis of verbal and adverbial functions of nouns.