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|Title:||The origins of Sinitic||Contributor(s):||Delancey, Scott (author)||Publication Date:||2013||DOI:||10.1075/scld.2||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16321||Abstract:||A persistent problem in Sino-Tibetan linguistics is that Chinese is characterized by a mix of lexical, phonological, and syntactic features, some of which link it to the Tibeto-Burman languages, others to the Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien, and Mon-Khmer families of Southeast Asia. It has always been recognized that this must reflect intense language contact. This paper develops a hypothesis about the nature of that contact. The language of Shang was a highly-creolized lingua franca based on languages of the Southeast Asian type. Sinitic is a result of the imposition of the Sino-Tibetan language of the Zhou on a population speaking this lingua franca, resulting in a language with substantially Sino-Tibetan lexicon and relict morphology, but Southeast Asian basic syntax.||Publication Type:||Book Chapter||Source of Publication:||Increased Empiricism: Recent advances in Chinese Linguistics, p. 73-99||Publisher:||John Benjamins Publishing Company||Place of Publication:||The Netherlands||ISBN:||9789027201812
|Field of Research (FOR):||200406 Language in Time and Space (incl Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture||HERDC Category Description:||B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book||Other Links:||http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/198270399||Series Name:||Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse||Series Number :||2||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 193
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