Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Subject: Language and Linguistics

Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Hakka Dialects

(5,230 words)

Author(s): Chun-fat LAU
1. Definition of the Hakka Dialect It seems simple to say that the Hakka dialect is the dialect spoken by the Hakka people, identified as originating in northern China and moving to southern China through five waves of migration over the last 1,500 years (Luó 1933). Hakka has been recognized as a modern Chinese dialect group (Yuán et al. 1989; Würm and Li 1987). This story is, however, problematic in several respects. Recent studies suggest that the name Hakka (Cantonese haak3gaa3 客家 ‘guest families’, Mandarin kèjiā) arose as a product of the dispute between Cantonese-speaking n…
Date: 2017-03-02

Haudricourt, André-Georges (1911-1996)

(3,048 words)

Author(s): Alexis MICHAUD | Guillaume JACQUES
1. Biography André-Georges Haudricourt was born in 1911. He grew up on his parents’ farm, in a remote area of Picardie. He was curious about techniques, plants, and languages from his early childhood onwards. After he passed the Baccalauréat in 1928, his father advised him to enter the National Institute of Agriculture (Institut national agronomique), in the hope that he would obtain a prestigious position in the administration. But at graduation, Haudricourt got the worst mark of the entire year group (1931): unlike his peers, he …
Date: 2017-03-02