[Lingtyp] Book announcement - Sinitic Languages of China: first volume on Gan Chinese

Hilary Chappell hmchappell at gmail.com
Sun Jan 21 11:36:33 UTC 2018

Dear Colleagues,

For your bookshelf on Chinese, the first volume of a new series with De
Gruyter Mouton on 'Sinitic languages of China' will appear this month on
Yichun, a language which belongs to the Gan branch of Sinitic and is
situated in a linguistically transitional zone of central China.

H. Chappell

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Li, XupingA Grammar of Gan Chinese:The Yichun Language

*Series:*Sinitic Languages of China
<https://www.degruyter.com/view/serial/468477> 1
Aims and Scope
China is very rich in language resources, and Mandarin is undoubtedly its
most prestigious and well-known representative. Unfortunately, most of
these languages remain understudied or even unstudied. Such is the case of
Yichun Gan.
Written in the style of a reference grammar, this book sets out to give a
comprehensive and systematic description of Yichun grammar, with the aim of
increasing readers' knowledge about Chinese languages other than Mandarin.
In addition to common categories like nouns, verbs, adjectives and
prepositions, the volume attempts to cover as many grammatical categories
and constructions as possible, including the Sinitic-specific categories
such as classifiers, the aspect system, postpositions and the
object-marking BA constructions.
To highlight its uniqueness, the book adopts a comparative perspective to
contrast many features of Yichun Gan with Mandarin and other Sinitic
languages. Our study shows that Yichun Gan possesses both Northern and
Southern Chinese traits in many constructions, which supports its status as
a transitional language.
It will be of interest to linguists who wish to learn more about East Asian
languages, and more specifically Sinitic languages.
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