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A History of the Chinese Language

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A History of the Chinese Language provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of Chinese language development, covering crucial aspects s ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 01, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it
This is a very clearly written overview of the history of the Chinese language, especially its phonology as well as a few morphological and syntactical evolutions. The phonological introduction is perfect for the uninitiated yet interested reader and provides a reconstructed methodology that is easy to follow. Without the criticisms mentioned below, this book would get a 5-star review.

However, there were some problems. The author states multiple times that 'it would be better if Chinese was prov
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