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By Richard VanNess Simmons

This quantity is an research and category of dialects alongside the Wu and Jiang-Hwai Mandarin border in China's jap Yangtze Valley. it's the first monograph-length learn to seriously query the normal unmarried criterion of preliminary voicing for the category of Wu dialects and suggest a complete comparative framework as a extra winning replacement. Arguing that dialect association is better decided via research of dialect correspondence to universal phonological platforms, the writer develops a taxonomic research that definitively distinguishes universal Northern Wu and Mandarin dialects. by means of clarifying dialect association within the Wu and Mandarin border zone, this quantity makes major contributions to our figuring out of the genuine nature of the region's dialects and their history.
Using basically facts drawn from the author's personal fieldwork, the quantity includes copious comparative examples and an in depth lexicon of the outdated Jintarn dialect.

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