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Diversity in Sinitic Languages$
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Hilary M. Chappell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723790.001.0001

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Introduction: Ways of tackling diversity in Sinitic languages

Introduction: Ways of tackling diversity in Sinitic languages

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(p.3) 1 Introduction: Ways of tackling diversity in Sinitic languages
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Diversity in Sinitic Languages
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Hilary M. Chappell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723790.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview for the entire volume and its main topic regarding the unpredictably high degree of diversity to be found in the ten main branches of Sinitic languages, contrary to previous quite widely held views on this subject. Observations are next made on the heterogeneous nature of these different branches of Sinitic, the eight Mandarin dialect subgroups being taken as just one example. After a brief discussion and summary of possible models for treating diversity in Sinitic, this chapter gives concise summaries of each of the chapters included in the volume and the approaches used in each.

Keywords:   hybrid typology, interdialectal, intervarietal, Sinitic, areal linguistics, grammaticalization zone, word order correlation, head-initial, head-final, diversity, variation

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