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An article on the phonetic system of the Nanchang dialect

2.Study on Etymology Features of Chinese Language from the Ancient Words of Gan Dialect. Jiugen Xiao, Ying Zhou.
Abstract: The history of language development tells people that no matter the language or dialect has any problem on the language origin, and it will show different characteristics in the development of origin. According to the etymology of Chinese word, the origin and development have experienced three historical stages, such as the origin, derivation and syn-thesis. So does the Chinese dialect such as Gan dialect. The study of etymology features on Gan dialect not only has a th-eoretical significance but also has practical value for people to further explore its origin, development and related issues.

3.Analysis on the semantic evolution of Chinese Gan dialect from the perspective of cognition. Jiugen Xiao, Xijuan Chen, Lingjun Xiong.
Abstract: The development and changes of lexical mean-ings essentially reflect the development and change of people’s cognitive activities, so people’s cognitive aware-ness is reflected in words, which is also reflected in the word meaning evolution of Chinese Gan dialect. Whether in the extended way or pattern, the linkage, radiation, complex comprehensive changes of the lexical meaning of Gan dialect in Chinese, all follow a rule: The expression of the meaning in cognitive process will corresponding-ly change with the continuous deepening of human cognition.

4.Gan, Hakka and the Formation of Chinese Dialects. Laurent Sagart.
Abstract: The author argues that Hakka and southern Gan are sister dialects, as they share several innovations not found elsewhere; that they arose out of the Chinese dialect spoken in central Jiangxi in Song times, a stratified dialect which included a non-Chinese substratum, probably Miao-Yao; an archaic layer; and a more recent layer with an important Late Middle Chinese component. It is claimed that the linguistic boundary between southern Gan and Hakka arose secondarily due to the effect of an old administrative and geographical boundary. It is also argued that Hakka devoicing took place in the south, when Hakka was in contact with the MiaoYao language She, and that the old dialect of the city of Ganzhou may have played an important role in the formation of Hakka.

5.Two Variations of Stress in The Wu(吳) and Gan(贛) Dialects
Abstract: In linguistics, stress is a relative emphasis that may be given to certain syllables in a word. In general, stressed syllables express strong intensity. But in Chinese languages, stress is not just be defined by one criterion infallibly; the list of criteria could be extended with register, duration and contour. Chinese is not a typical stress language. In this article, we will discuss two variations of stress in the Wu(吳) and Gan(贛) dialects.

Grammar studies of the Xiang dialect

The book "卢小群完成湘语语法研究" is divided into several chapters and covers the following aspects:
1. Chapter "Reasoning". A look at the history and current state of studying the grammar of the Xiang dialect.
2. Chapter "Word formation". The grammatical forms of the word, systems of pronouns, prepositions, quantifiers, real-time negation, temporative nouns, directive nouns, etc. are comprehensively considered.
3. Chapter "Syntax". The syntactic features of the Xiang dialect are studied, such as word order, disposition, passive phrases, interrogatives, comparatives and sentences with the “allowed” component.
Studying the grammar of the Xiang dialect is of particular and importance due to the special nature of the Xiang dialect itself: it is closely related to both northern and southern dialects, and is a kind of transitional dialect, so its in-depth study will not only help to draw extensive conclusions on the interactions of dialects, but is also very important and valuable for revealing the common and distinct features and various features of the northern and southern dialects.

A Synchronic and Diachronic Study of the Grammar of the Chinese Xiang Dialects

Yunji Wu

This is the first book in Chinese linguistics in which the grammar of a dialect group, in this case the Xiang dialect spoken in Hunan, is considered both in synchronic and diachronic aspects. The author uses new data and new frameworks to present his analysis. The synchronic part covers modern grammar in different regions where this dialect is spoken, the author uses the methods and theories of comparative and typological linguistics.

A fascinating article on the language and culture of native speakers of the dialect, addressing issues of distribution, internal division, and linguistic affiliation.
As we know, Xiang is divided into New Xiang and Old Xiang dialects. This book focuses on the New Xiang dialect, its features, etc.
Research and comparison of the New Xiang dialect and the Old Xiang dialect.
The connection between Xiang and Wu dialects: features of dialects, history of their formation, distribution and much more!
An article on the formation and development of the Xiang dialects.
Study of the Gan and Xiang dialects, their comparison.
7.TAU+VP and Clause-Final TAU in Xiaolongmen, a Xiang Dialect
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