Space in Languages of China

Cross-linguistic, Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives

Editors: Xu, Dan (Ed.)

  • The first book to focus on Space in languages of China (including Chinese dialects, ethnic minority languages spoken in China and sign languages)
  • The samples provided are significantly useful for scholars working in various domains such as general linguistics, psychology and anthropology
  • Space is a topic that is both classical and modern, and of enduring interest
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About this book

Space has long been a popular topic in linguistic research. Numerous books on the subject have been published over the past decade. However, none of these books were based on linguistic data from Chinese and expressions of space in Chinese have been largely neglected in past research.

In this volume, not only Mandarin Chinese (the standard language) is investigated; several other dialects, as well as a minority language of China and Chinese Sign Language are studied. Cross-linguistic, synchronic and diachronic approaches are used to investigate phenomena related to space.

The authors of this book present different points of view on the expression of space in language and related theoretical issues. As the contributing scholars argue, Chinese shares many common features with other languages, but also presents some particular properties.

Space is a topic that is both classical and modern, of enduring interest. These studies of space give insight into not only general linguistics but also other domains such as anthropology and psychology.

About the authors

Dan Xu is currently Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Oriental Languages and Civilisations Institute of Paris (INALCO) in France. She graduated with a PhD in linguistics from the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1987, and completed her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from INALCO in 1998. She was elected and served as a Dean of the Chinese Department of the INALCO (2001-2004), and president of the Association of Chinese Research and Teaching in France (AREC, 2002-2004). In 2004 she was elected as a board member of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics.

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From the reviews:

"This book presents a collection of papers on the study of various linguistic and cognitive aspects of the category of space in different languages of china … . the volume provides the reader with a deep theoretical insight into the study of the language representation of space and it will foster further research based on the linguistic data from other language. … the book constitutes a rich source of information for the scholars from various branches of linguistics and other studies related to it." (Irina Borozdina, The Linguist, June, 2009)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: How Chinese Structures Space

    Dan, Xu

    Pages 1-14

  • Chinese Localizers: Diachrony and Some Typological Considerations

    Chappell, Hilary (et al.)

    Pages 15-37

  • Syntax Of Space Across Chinese Dialects: Conspiring and Competing Principles and Factors

    LIU, Danqing

    Pages 39-67

  • The Linguistic Categorization of Deictic Direction in Chinese — with Reference to Japanese —

    Lamarre, Christine

    Pages 69-97

  • The Locative Words in The Waxiang Dialect Spoken in Guzhang, Hunan

    Wu, Yunji

    Pages 99-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space in Languages of China
Book Subtitle
Cross-linguistic, Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives
Editors
  • Dan Xu
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8321-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8321-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8320-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7841-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 276
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