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  • The Chinese Rime Tablesby David Prager Branner

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 180.00

    This book, the first in its field in a Western language, examines China?s native phonological tool with regard to reconstruction, theory, and linguistic philosophy. After an introductory essay on the nature of the tables and the history of their interpretation, the book concentrates on three areas: application of rime table theory to reconstruction,... more...

  • Dramatized Discourseby Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 195.00

    Language is a symbolic system of meanings evoked by linguistic forms. The choice of forms in communication is non-arbitrary. Rather, speakers pick those forms whose meanings best convey their discourse intention. The meaning of the Mandarin ba -construction, argues Jing-Schmidt, is discourse dramaticity , a concept that includes high conceptual salience... more...

  • Stance in Talkby Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 149.00

    Guided by the methodology of conversation analysis (CA), this book explores how participants in Mandarin conversation display stance in the unfolding development of action and interaction, and, in particular, how this is accomplished through the use of two Mandarin final particles. Through a close examination of the sequential environments of these... more...

  • Studies of Chinese Linguisticsby Janet Zhiqun Xing

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2009; US$ 40.00

    This volume covers a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to Chinese functional linguistic studies. The nine articles included in this collection offers genuine explanations for grammatical elements either important in Chinese grammar or unique cross-linguistically. more...

  • Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean and Japaneseby Insup Taylor; Martin M. Taylor

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1995; US$ 195.00

    Chinese, Japanese, South (and North) Koreans in East Asia have a long, intertwined and distinguished cultural history and have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, spectacular economic success. Together, these three peoples make up one quarter of the world population. They use a variety of unique and fascinating writing systems: logographic... more...

  • Utterance Particles in Cantonese Conversationby K.K. Luke

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 173.00

    Utterance particles, also known as modal particles or sentence-final particles, form a class of words in Cantonese which is of great descriptive and theoretical interest to students of language. Most utterance particles do not have any semantic content (truth-conditional meaning), and few can be said to have a consistent grammatical function. They... more...

  • Cambodianby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 173.00

    Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of ?Desesperanto? - a language of which one can read a page and understand... more...

  • Studies in Turkish Linguisticsby Dan I. Slobin; Karl Zimmer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1986; US$ 188.00

    Turkish is a member of the Turkic family of languages, which extends over a vast area in southern and eastern Siberia and adjacent portions of Iran, Afganistan, and China. Turkic, in turn, belongs to the Altaic family of languages. This book deals with the morphological and syntactic, semantic and discourse-based, synchronic and diachronic aspects... more...

  • Die orientalistische Gelehrtenrepublik am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkriegesby Michael Knüppel; Alois Tongerloo

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 133.00

    This volume presents the correspondence that took place between the Göttingen Iranian scholar and academician Friedrich Carl Andreas and the Turkish, Ural-Altaic, and English scholar Willi Bang(-Kaup). more...

  • Tamil Love Poetryby Martha Ann Selby

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 27.99

    Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry and known to be a work of enduring importance. Commissioned by a Cera-dynasty king and composed by five masterful poets, the anthology renders the five landscapes of reciprocal love distinctive to the genre:... more...