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ERIC Number: ED061853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
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A Guide to the Chien-yang Dialect.
Norman, Jerry L.
This document provides a description of the Chien-yang dialect of Chinese along with a comparative description of the Chien-ou dialect and a discussion of the entire Min dialect family. The Min dialects are considered with respect to geography (including maps), internal subgrouping, numbers of speakers, and mutual intelligibility. The main part of the paper concerns the Chien-yang dialect. The phonology section includes statements on syllable structure, initials, finals, tones, tone change, co-occurrence of initials and finals, and sandhi. In the lexicon section, the reading of close to 3000 characters is given in such a way that the phonological system of Chien-yang can be easily compared to the language of the Middle Chinese dictionary. The sample text is a story designed to capture various important particles and grammatical constructions. A phonetic transcription is provided along with an English translation. Grammatical notes follow the text. A bibliography lists materials on particular Min dialects and a character index is provided. An appendix on the Chien-ou dialect is included for comparison with the Chien-yang dialect. A section on phonology, syllabic charts, and comparative lexicon appears in the Chien-ou appendix. For documents on other Chinese dialects, see FL 003 179, FL 003 180, and FL 003 182 through FL 003 184. (VM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Chinese Linguistics Project.