Language Variation: Papers on Variation and Change in the Sinosphere and in the Indosphere in Honour of James A. Matisoff ; [edited By] David Bradley ... [et Al.].
Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Jan 1, 2003 - Asia - 320 pages
This volume discusses the nature of variation and change in a number of East, Southeast and South Asian languages, especially of the Sino-Tibetan family, also extending to other languages, even as far afield as English. The papers honour the work of James A. Matisoff, in celebration of his 65th birthday. There are nineteen papers by twenty authors concerning issues in phonology, morphology, syntax, language contact, orthography and language documentation. Randy LaPolla provides a paper with broad theoretical implications, 'Why languages differ: variation in the conventionalisation of constraints on inference'. Martha Ratliff writes on Hmong secret languages. Graham Thurgood and Fengxiang Li give an account of contact-induced variation and syntactic change in the Austronesian Tsat language of Hainan. Benji Wald's contribution considers verb compounding in English and East Asian languages.
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themes and variations
Variegated tonal developments in Tibetan
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Asian Athpare Bantawa Belhare Bodish languages borrowed Camling Cantonese Chantyal Chinese clause consonants constrain the interpretation construction context conventionalised David Bradley demonstrative dialects distinction English verb compounding ergative example genitive going to follow Graham Thurgood grammatical grammaticalisation hanzi Hayu Himalayish Hmong Indosphere Indosphere in honour initial Kiranti languages Kulung Lahu Lepcha lexical Limbu Linguistics Lisu loanwords locative Lolo low register lug rov Mandarin marker marking Matisoff meaning morphemes nasal Nepali Newari noun occur onset prothesis Oroqen Pacific Linguistics pattern phonological Phu Kha plural prefixes pronominal pronouns prosodic prothesis Randy LaPolla rhyme rimes second person secret languages semantic semanticised Sino-Tibetan languages Sinosphere Southeast Asia Southern Lisu speakers split structure Studies suffixes syllabary syllables symbols syntactic Tamang tautomorphemicity third person Thulung Tibetan Tibeto-Burman Area Tibeto-Burman languages time-ordinals tonal tone topic Tsat voiced voiceless vowel Wambule word wugyo Yamphu Zhang Zheng