Sinitic language


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Noun1.Sinitic language - a group of Sino-Tibetan languages
Chinese - any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language - the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
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All Red Sea hotels offer guidance in Chinese language, the governor said, adding that staffers will be given courses to be able to speak Chinese in a bid to expand the use of this Sinitic language.
The Sinitic language communities are difficult to define, and the written characters of each cannot be contained only within the categories of "China,""Chinese" or "Chinese language." Consequently, he has opted to represent the web of these meanings through the terms "Sinophone" (Hua [phrase omitted]) and "Xenophone" (Yi [phrase omitted]), playing on the traditional Hua/Yi distinction between China and "uncivilized" outsiders.
Sinitic language of Mandarin, often at the expense of their native
69-87) Stephen Matthews writes "On Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese", a Sinitic language. Birgit Hellwig discusses "Serial Verb Constructions in Goemai", a West Chadic language (spoken in Nigeria) with isolating tendencies, in Chapter 3 (pp.
The literature produced in the standard Sinitic language by either the descendants of the Han settlers or the indigenous writers today can by no means be called Chinese literature.
(2) Should we define "Chinese communication" as the communicative practices in Sinitic languages? (3) How "Chinese communication" transcends national borders?
"The explication of the Chinese word for crisis as made up of two components signifying danger and opportunity is due partly to wishful thinking, but mainly to a fundamental misunderstanding about how terms are formed in Mandarin and other Sinitic languages," Victor H.
Those languages located in mainland Southeast Asia are most likely to share features in common with Sinitic languages, such as monosyllabicity and isolating word formation characteristics, potentially complex lexical tone systems, serial verb constructions, aspectual and mood contrasts rather than tense oppositions, a general absence of inflectional morphology, and rudimentary relational marking.
Similarly, if an etymon has survived in both Finnic and Sinitic languages, it need not have survived in all the other related languages placed between them.
By contrast, the colloquial Singaporean English known as Singlish, which contains elements taken from Indic and Sinitic languages, is considered a substandard patois by the state which may help explain, perhaps, the distorted syntax of Wong's film titles.
A sampling of topics: reflections on native speaker and nonnative speaker descriptions of a language, cross-linguistic grammatography as database creation, the organization of reference grammars, the role of linguistic theory in writing grammars, describing word order, heterosemy and the grammar- lexicon tradeoff, field semantics and grammar-writing, converbs in an African perspective, disposal constructions in Sinitic languages, and the interplay of synchronic and diachronic discovery in Siouan grammar-writing.
Whereas French colonial scholars had classified some of the main languages of Southeast Asia - Thai and Vietnamese, for example - as Sinitic languages descended from a prototypical Chinese, postcolonial researchers thoroughly revised the linguistic portrait of Vietnam, particularly, and of Southeast Asia more generally.