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This article provides an overview of the forms and usages of demonstratives across varieties of Chinese. Linguistic studies on Chinese dialects are highly lopsided. Most studies have been done on Mandarin and to a lesser extent Cantonese; studies on other dialects are relatively sketchy. This overview inevitably reflects the…

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Joanna SIO, “Demonstratives”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000116>
First published online: 2015

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