Language Atlas of China
AuthorStephen Adolphe Wurm, Rong Li, Theo Baumann, Mei W. Lee
PublisherLongman
Publication date
1987, 1989
ISBN978-962-359-085-3

The Language Atlas of China (simplified Chinese: 中国语言地图集; traditional Chinese: 中國語言地圖集; pinyin: Zhōngguó Yǔyán Dìtú Jí), published in two parts in 1987 and 1989, maps the distribution of both the varieties of Chinese and minority languages of China. It was a collaborative effort by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, published simultaneously in the original Chinese and in English translation.[1] Endymion Wilkinson rated this joint venture "outstanding".[2]

A second edition was published in 2012.

Classification of Chinese varieties

Top-level groups and supergroups of Chinese varieties identified in the Atlas
Top-level groups and supergroups of Chinese varieties identified in the Atlas

The atlas organizes the varieties of Chinese in a hierarchy of groupings, following the work of Li Rong:[3]

Contents

The atlas contains 36 colour maps, divided into three sections:[3]

The maps are printed on loose white sheets measuring 15 in (38 cm) by 20.75 in (52.7 cm). Each map is accompanied by a blue sheet of the same size containing explanatory notes.[1]

Second edition

Work began on revised edition in 2002.[2] The work was published in 2012 as a joint venture between the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the City University of Hong Kong. It consists of two volumes, dealing respectively with varieties of Chinese and minority languages.[4][5] The revision follows the same structure as the first edition, but the number of maps has increased to 79, and the explanatory text is greatly expanded. The number of minority languages covered has also increased from 81 to 130.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Baker, Hugh D.R (1993). "Language Atlas of China". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 56 (2): 398–399. doi:10.1017/S0041977X0000598X.
  2. ^ a b Wilkinson, Endymion (2012). Chinese History: A New Manual. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series (Second, Revised printing March 2013 ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-674-06715-8.
  3. ^ a b Kurpaska, Maria (2010). Chinese Language(s): A Look Through the Prism of "The Great Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects". Walter de Gruyter. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-3-11-021914-2.
  4. ^ "Zhōngguó yǔyán dìtú jí (dì 2 bǎn): Hànyǔ fāngyán juǎn" 中国语言地图集(第2版):汉语方言卷 [Language Atlas of China (2nd edition): Chinese dialect volume]. Beijing: The Commercial Press. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Zhōngguó yǔyán dìtú jí (dì 2 bǎn): shǎoshù mínzú yǔyán juǎn" 中国语言地图集(第2版):少数民族语言卷 [Language Atlas of China (2nd edition): Minority languages volume]. Beijing: The Commercial Press. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ Xu, Ruiyuan 徐睿渊 (2014). 《中国语言地图集》(第2版)评介 [Language Atlas of China (2nd edition): review]. CASS. Retrieved 13 January 2017.