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Query Details


Query Subject:   Chinese Historical Syntax
Author:   Keith Slater
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics
Syntax
Language Family:  Chinese Subgroup


Query:   Dear Linguists,

A friend of mine is doing some work in historical syntax, and is interested
in references to syntactic stability/change in literary Chinese over
periods of several centuries. His question is:

''I was wondering if anyone knows much about the relative stability of
classical literary Chinese (lexically, syntactically, or general
stylistics). Does classical Chinese have any kind of literary stability
during any 600 year period from c.400 BC to c.1912? Reference to either
prose or to the poets would be helpful, although the syntax and stylistics
of poetry are a bit shaky even at a fixed point in time,
cross-linguistically. Are you aware of any authors on this subject whom I
could look up or quote?''

If you can make any recommendations for research sources, please send them
to me. I'll post a summary of responses.

Keith
LL Issue: 16.2294
Date posted: 30-Jul-2005



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