The Grammars and Lexicons of the Chinese Dialects

There are eight major dialects and hundreds of subdialects with their own grammatical features and special lexical items. This module is designed to help students appreciate the variety of the Chinese languages. The causes for this variations including historical immigrations, the distinct cognition of the people of different areas, the unbalanced developments of the language, different cultures and geographic environments, etc. Regularities will be drawn from different dialects. Also, the variations among different dialects reveal language universals among different languages.

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