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Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

Series Editor: Walter Bisang

Edited by Walter Bisang, Mainz University, Germany

Asia is the world's largest continent, comprising an enormous wealth of languages, both in its present as well as its eventful past. This series contributes to the understanding of this linguistic variety by publishing books from different thoeretical backgrounds and different methodological approaches, dealing with at least one Asian language. By adopting a maximally integrative policy, the editors of the series hope to promote theoretical discussions whose solutions may, in turn, help to overcome the theoretical lean towards West European languages and thus provide a deeper understanding of Asian linguistic structures and of human language in general.

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  1. Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese

    A formal view

    By Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    Published September 9th 2013 by Routledge

  2. The Chinese Particle Le

    Discourse Construction and Pragmatic Marking in Chinese

    By M.E. van den Berg, G. Wu

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    Ever since the start of Chinese linguistic studies, the description of the Chinese particle LE has remained elusive. The classification has evolved from a listing of sentences and the discussion of contrastive pairs to a more context and discourse-oriented analysis. The development in recent years...

    Published May 23rd 2006 by Routledge

  3. The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

    By Sanford B. Steever

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This book introduces the syntactic process of auxiliary formation and applies it to the grammatical analysis of the indicative, or non-modal, auxiliary verbs of Modern Tamil. Using data from spoken and written registers gathered over several years, the book demonstrates for the first time the...

    Published August 8th 2005 by Routledge

  4. Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese

    System and Theory behind cai, jiu, dou and ye

    By Daniel Hole

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This is an investigation into the grammaticalized system of focus-background agreement in Mandarin Chinese. The particles cái, jiù, dou and ye are, in a specific use type, shown to form the core of a highly systematic paradigm. This book is not just a valuable companion for anyone interested in...

    Published November 27th 2003 by Routledge

  5. Vietnamese-English Bilingualism

    Patterns of Code-Switching

    By Ho-Dac Tuc

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This book is concerned with three central issues: the universality of constraints on code-switching, the nature of the relation between language contact and bilingualism, and the social and linguistic components that facilitate code-switching....

    Published October 2nd 2003 by Routledge

  6. A Grammar of Mangghuer

    A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

    By Keith W. Slater

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This book is a grammar of Mangghuer, a Mongolic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in China's northwestern Qinghai Province. Mangghuer is virtually unknown outside China, and no grammar of Mangghuer has ever been published in any language. The book's primary importance is thus as a...

    Published June 19th 2003 by Routledge

  7. Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation

    Perspectives from East Asian Languages

    Edited by Andrew Simpson, Audrey-Li Yen-hui

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    The issue of how interpretation results from the form and type of syntactic structures present in language is one which is central and hotly debated in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.This volume brings together a series of eleven new cutting-edge essays by leading experts in East...

    Published June 12th 2003 by Routledge

  8. Linguistic Epidemiology

    Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

    By N.J. Enfield

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on...

    Published October 3rd 2002 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Linguistic Epidemiology: Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia
    By N.J. Enfield
    To Be Published November 1st 2014

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