Dialect Islands
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Dialect islands in a broad range of sizes, compositions, and origins frequently punctuate the various territories of the major Chinese dialect groups and sub groups. A wide variety of historical, social, and geographic factors led to the development of these dialect islands. They were often formed when migrating peoples, or refugees from war or environmental catastrophe, moved into previously devastated and abandoned territories or across new or changing landforms. Dialect islands in China thus …

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Richard VanNess SIMMONS, “Dialect Islands”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000122>
First published online: 2015



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