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A Grammar of Zoulei

Author: Xia Li; Jinfang Li; Yongxian Luo
Publisher: [Bern, Switzerland] : Peter Lang AG, 2014.
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Zoulei is an endangered language spoken by several hundred speakers in China's Guizhou Province and adjacent areas. It is a variety of the Ahou dialect of the highly diverse Gelao group within the Tai-Kadai language family. Zoulei is a typical isolating and analytic language, basically monosyllabic, particularly with verbs, with a number of striking features that are generally not found in other members of the  Read more...
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Li, Xia.
A Grammar of Zoulei, Southwest China.
Bern : Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Xia Li; Jinfang Li; Yongxian Luo
ISBN: 9783035107852 3035107858
OCLC Number: 898279266
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Table of Contentsv; Acknowledgements and Prefatory Note xi; Abbreviations xiii; Tables, maps and diagrams xv; 1. Introduction1; 1.1 The language and its speakers1; 1.1.1 Population, internal division and distribution 1; 1.1.2 Linguistic type and affiliation 3; 1.2 What we know about Zoulei and Gelao4; 1.2.1 Geographic setting4; 1.2.2 Customs6; 1.2.3 History6; 1.3 Sociolinguistic situation 7; 1.4 Research scope, aims and objectives 9; 1.5 Theoretical framework and research methodology 10; 1.5.1 Theoretical framework 10; 1.5.2 Methodology 11; 1.6 Literature review 12. 1.7 Data sources 151.8 Structure of the work 16; 2. The Sound System 19; 2.1 Initial consonants 19; 2.2 Finals 27; 2.3 Tones 31; 2.4 Tone sandhi 31; 2.4.1 Sandhi in the first syllable 31; 2.4.2Tone change in the second syllable 32; 2.5 Phonotactics 33; 2.5.1 The Zoulei syllable 33; 2.5.2 Features of Zoulei syllables 34; 3. Word Formation and Morphological Processes 57; 3.1 Word classes 57; 3.2 Affixation 58; 3.2.1 Prefixation 58; 3.2.2 Suffixation 68; 3.2.3 Infix 74; 3.3 Lexical reduplication 74; 3.3.1 Reduplication of monosyllabic words 74. 3.3.2 Reduplication involving two similar phonological forms 753.4 Tone alternation as a morpho-syntactic process 76; 3.5 Compounding 77; 3.5.1 Subordination 78; 3.5.2 Co-ordination 82; 3.5.3 Verb-complement 83; 3.5.4 Trisyllabic and/or multisyllabic compounds 84; 4. The Noun Phrase 87; 4. 1 Nouns 87; 4.1.1 General nouns 87; 4.1.2 Proper nouns 90; 4.1.3 Time words 91; 4.1.4 Location/direction words 92; 4.1.5 Noun prefixes 92; 4.1.6 Numbers 93; 4.1.7 Reduplication of nouns 93; 4.1.8 The noun phrase 94; 4.1.9 Syntactic function of noun phrase 97; 4.2 Pronoun 100; 4.2.1 Personal pronouns 100. 4.2.2 Possessive Pronouns 1014.2.3 Syntactic function of personal pronouns 101; 4.2.4 Demonstrative pronouns 102; 4.3 Interrogative pronouns 107; 4.4 Numerals 110; 4.4.1 Cardinals 110; 4.4.2 Ordinal numbers 113; 4.4.3 Syntactic function of numerals 116; 4.5 Classifiers 117; 4.5.1 Noun classifiers 117; 4.5.2 Measure words derived from nouns or verbs 119; 4.5.3 Unit nouns as measures 120; 4.5.4 Sortal classifiers 121; 4.5.5 Verbal classifiers 122; 4.5.6 Pseudo classifiers 123; 4.5.7 Multi-function classifiers124; 4.5.8 Morpho-syntactic functions of classifiers 124; 5.4 A-NOT-A questions 146. 4.5.9 Constituent order of classifiers 1284.5.10 Syntactic behaviour of classifiers 130; 4.5.11 The general classifier tew33 131; 4.6 Possessive phrase and descriptive phrase 135; 4.6.1 Possessive phrase 135; 4.6.2 Descriptive phrase 135; 4.7 Nominalization and relative clause 137; 4.7.1 Nominalization 137; 4.7.2 Relative clause 138; 5. The Verb Phrase 139; 5.1 Verb subcategorization 139; 5.2 Syntactic function of the verb phrase 141; 5.2.1 As predicate or head of the predicate 141; 5.2.2 As object or complement of another verb 142; 5.2.3 Verb complement 142; 5.3 Negation 144.
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This book is a typological description of Zoulei, spoken in Guizhou and adjacent areas in southwest China. The volume describes the social, cultural and linguistic organization of its speakers, and  Read more...

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