There is a general belief that Yue constitutes a highly uniform dialect group, with its members sharing a good number of structures and lexica with the regional prestige dialect, Cantonese. Based on our first hand data collected from the field, this paper describes the lesser known grammatical diversity across the Yue dialects, which can be illustrated by the different uses of the following features: (a) ideophonic suffix; (b) diminutive suffix and tone sandhi; (c) perfective aspect marker and their position in the VP, and (d) neutral question forms. The survey includes nine dialects from different subgroups, most of which are spoken far away from the Pearl River Delta where Cantonese dominates. Our study reveals that while Cantonese has obvious influence over other members of Yue, the grammatical diversity across Yue simply be overlooked. Copyright © 2016 Crane Publishing Company.
|Title of host publication||Commemorative essays for Professor Yuen Ren Chao: Father of modern Chinese linguistics|
|Editors||Andy Chi-on CHIN, Bit-chee KWOK, Benjamin K. TSOU|
|Place of Publication||Taipei|
|Publisher||Crane Publishing Company|
|ISBN (Print)||9789861477572, 9789861477381|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2016|
CitationKwok, B.-C., Chin, A., & T’sou, B. (2016). Grammatical diversity across the Yue dialects. In A. C.-o. Chin, B.-c Kwok, & B. K. Tsou (Eds.), Commemorative essays for Professor Yuen Ren Chao: Father of modern Chinese linguistics (pp. 243-274). Taipei: Crane Publishing Company.
- Alt. title: 粵語方言語法的多樣性