This paper discusses the forms and usages of personal pronouns across Chinese dialects. We will provide a brief overview on the diachronic development of pronouns, forms of pronouns across modern dialects, and usages of pronouns in Mandarin and Cantonese.
2. Diachronic Development
The discussion in this section is mainly taken from Pulleyblank (1995) and Norman (1988).
There are two series of first-person pronouns…