Abstract and Keywords
The Yue language is characterized by linguistic features reminiscent of Old Chinese, Southern Chinese languages, and aboriginal languages of southern China. The existence of consonant clusters in proto-Yue as suggested by comparison across Yue dialects recalls the same in Old Chinese; while the special phonological feature of a correlation between the tenseness of vowels and tones in the Ru category is derived from the aboriginal Tai substratum. The use of grammaticalized motion verbs as syntactic marker for the indirect object, reminiscent of the same in the oracle-bone inscriptions and found in neighboring non-Han languages, is as much archaic residue as areal feature. The head + modifier word order in morphology and syntax, shared with other Southern Chinese languages, is typologically related to areal phenomena spatially and temporally; while a unique syntactic characteristic of Yue lies in an extremely rich aspectual system.
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