Chinese Dialect Classification -- Theory and Practice 汉语方言分区的理论与实践 (a revison and translation of Chinese Dialect Classification -- A Comparative Approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu).

Beijing: Zhonghua shuju 中华书局, 2011.

Richard VanNess Simmons, Translated by Gu Qian 顾黔. 

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This volume is a revision and translation of Simmons' Chinese Dialect Classification -- A comparative approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu. The book argues for the use of a comparative framework in dialect classification, using data drawn from extensive on-site fieldwork, gathered from living, colloquial dialects. The volume demonstrates how to develop a rigorous common phonological system with this kind of data that can be used to determine dialect relationships and outline the most workable and informative scheme of classification.

本书提出的“通语音系参照法”理论,立足于田野调查,用鲜活的共时口语材料,寻找方言间的对应关系,归纳总结通语音系,制定出一套层级分明、严谨有效的分类学检测标准,据此判定某个方言的性质和归属,探讨汉语方言分区的理论,并探索方言各自的历史以及方言间的相互关系.

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