By Jung-yao Lu

The comparative research of old linguistics specializes in reconstructing historical styles according to diachronic documents and typological facts from numerous languages or dialects in a language staff. the final word target of the comparative reconstruction which calls for major cross-linguistic commentary and theoretical reasoning is to illustrate the old means of language alterations. This e-book considers the diachronic improvement of either the chinese and the Naxi language, focusing really upon six contentious linguistic matters which are linked to a number of linguistic alterations in such a lot parts of the grammar of those languages, together with phonological adjustments, semantic adjustments, syntactic alterations, and contact-induced adjustments. those linguistic matters are: tonal splits in proto-checked syllables and subgrouping of Loloish; the semantic improvement of go back in chinese language; the semantic improvement of absorb chinese language; the improvement of agentive passive markers in sure dialects of chinese language; definiteness and nominalization, relativization, and genitivization in chinese language; and the improvement of nominalization, relativization, and genitivization in Naxi. This quantity offers new equipment and views in which those matters will be analyzed and resolved at the foundation of typological and diachronic proof. It makes use of cross-linguistic facts from chinese language and the Tibeto-Burman languages as a way to reconstruct a number of diachronic advancements in chinese language and Naxi.

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However, there are several factors showing that his methodology is misleading. First, Matisoff’s method cannot be applied across all languages. For instance, the Chinese languages cannot be subgrouped based on the patterns of tonal splits in *checked syllables. It is very obvious that the dialects of Mandarin are divided into two groups. 25 below. 25 is built based on data discussed in the previous sections. This division of Mandarin is unacceptable because it groups some Mandarin dialects with Yue and others with Xiang and Gan, and we know on other grounds that all Mandarin dialects have a common ancestor that was more recent than their common ancestor with any of the other Sinitic languages.

In addition, Mosuo, which is a sibling language of Naxi, does not have pre-nasalized stops. Furthermore, it is very difficult to locate the donor that has given those pre-nasalized stops to Naxi. According to Dai (1992:42), the pre-nasalized stops in Naxi correspond to the [ࢱ] and [m] initials in Written Tibetan; thus, those pre-nasalized stops in Naxi could be an inherited characteristic rather than a borrowed one. 39 These dialects of Yi, like Naxi, are subcategorized in the tonal-split group of flip-flop.

1. 4. 4 shows that *C, which does not involve any contrast in the *checked tone, is the parent language of two groups. One group includes languages that have never experienced any tone change in their *checked syllables and belong to the “un-split” pattern. ” The groups of “regularity” and “flip-flop” show two-way tonal contrast in *checked syllables, but the group of “irregularity” does not. 4. ” The pattern of “un-split” maintains one tonal value from its *checked syllables; in other words, it did not involve any tone contrast in *checked syllables.

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