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Title:A Lexical and Phonological Comparison of the Central Taic Languages of Wenshan Prefecture, China: Getting More Out of Language Survey Wordlists Than Just Lexical Similarity Percentages
Abstract:Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Yunnan province is home to over a million members of the official Zhuang nationality. Over half of these speak language varieties classified into the central branch of Tai languages. The aim of the present work is to analyze wordlist data from the several Central Taic Zhuang languages of Wenshan prefecture from a historical and comparative perspective in order to identify phonological distinctives explaining the observed levels of mutual intelligibility among these lexically similar languages and also to consider ramifications for spelling conventions using the official Zhuang orthography. The data analyzed in this paper results from sociolinguistic field research conducted by the author from 2005 to 2007, as well as previously published sources.
Contributor (author):Johnson, Eric C.
Date (W3CDTF):2011
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/41954
Extent:170 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/41954
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Working Papers 2011-005
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):KM
Subject:Minz Zhuang language
Dai Zhuang language
Nong Zhuang language
lexical comparison; phonological comparison; Central Taic; Zhuang
Subject (ISO639):zgm
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Johnson, Eric C. 2011. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2011-005.
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Country: China
Area: Asia

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