Diachronic Perspectives and Synchronic Variation in Southern Min aims to address a range of grammatical phenomena in Southern Min.

The Sinitic languages show divergence not only in phonology but also in grammar. Together with Hakka, Yue and part of Wu, Min forms the two major Southern groups of Far Southern and Southeastern languages. There is a range of grammatical phenomena in Southern Min addressed here; the themes and theoretical issues covered in this book touch on a wide range of grammatical patterns of Southern Min from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives including comparatives, obligative and dynamic modals, formation of coordinate conjunctions from the comitative marker, the benefactive marker, the rise of the continuative aspect marker, grammaticalization of the verb of saying into a complementizer and purposives in Southern Min.

This book is aimed at researchers and scholars working on and interested in Chinese linguistics.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByChinfa Lien, Alain Peyraube

chapter 2|40 pages

Comparatives of inequality in Southern Min

A study in diachronic change from 15th to 21st centuries*
ByHilary Chappell, Alain Peyraube, Song Na

chapter 3|27 pages

The emergence of the obligative modal tioh8 in Southern Min

A change induced by semantic-pragmatic factors*
ByTing-ting Christina Hsu

chapter 4|26 pages

Negation of dynamic modals with DIT 得 in Hainan Min

ByHuichi Lee

chapter 5|23 pages

Word change and language change

A case of 共 as a coordinating conjunction from Archaic Chinese gòng 共 to ka7 共 in Taiwanese Southern Min1
ByJang-Ling Lin

chapter 8|40 pages

The etymology and grammaticalization of the continuative aspect marker le(h)4

A survey from the historical documents2
ByManjun Chen

chapter 10|17 pages

Purposives in Taiwanese Southern Min

ByChinfa Lien, May Wang