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The Locative Words in The Waxiang Dialect Spoken in Guzhang, Hunan

  • Yunji Wu

There has been a great deal of thought about spatial frames of reference (FoR) in psychology, neurocognition, linguistics and elsewhere (Asifa Majid et al., 2004: 108). For example, Levinson examined the literature of the FoR (2003, Chapter 1) and claimed that in languages, there are three frames of references. They are absolute, intrinsic and relative (2003: 53). However, this type of study has not attracted enough attention to Chinese Linguistics although some studies on space on Chinese have been carried out (e.g., McCullough, 1993 and Peyraube, 2006). Which FoR or FoRs Chinese belong to is a big topic since there are many varieties of Chinese. This paper is an initial study on the expression of locative words2 of one of the varieties of China: the Waxiang dialect.

Keywords

Locative words frames of reference (FoR) the Waxiang dialect Guzhang western Hunan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yunji Wu
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  1. 1.Asia InstituteThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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