Linguistic Diversity and Language Relationships

  • William S.-Y. Wang
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 36)


Chinese linguistics has roots which reach far back in time. It is well known that linguistic studies formed the backbone of the disciplines collectively known as xiaoxue J、學, which remained at the core of traditional learning in China until modern times. At about the time that Plato was debating whether language is a social convention or a divine gift, Xunzi 荀子 [b.323 B.C.] was considering the same questions and coming up with similar analyses.1


Linguistic Diversity Minority Language Central Plain Chinese Dialect Glottal Stop 
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