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Editorial Foreword to the ‘Linguistics’ Section by Dr. Suter

Editorial Foreword to the ‘Linguistics’ Section by Dr. Suter

Martin Lavicka22 Dec 2013Leave a comment


The Linguistics section of Chinet is dedicated to linguistic research on the languages of China. This includes modern standard Chinese, contemporary varieties of Chinese, all forms of pre-modern Chinese, as well as non-Sinitic languages spoken on the territory of present-day China and along its borders.

Chinet concentrates on research in linguistics proper. It is a service provided by specialists for specialists. We shall ignore studies in neighbouring disciplines such as applied linguistics (Chinese as a foreign language) or studies in Chinese literature.

The Chinese Linguistics section of Chinet is further divided into the following subsections:

1. Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Modern Standard Chinese.

2. Phonology and Phonetics of Modern Standard Chinese.

3. Chinese Dialectology (Synchronic).

4. Chinese Dialectology (Diachronic).

5. Syntax and Semantics of varieties of pre-Modern Chinese.

6. Phonology and Phonetics of varieties of pre-Modern Chinese.

7. Non-Sinitic languages of China.

The main service of Chinet consists in providing reviews on recent publications in English and in other European languages, as well as in Chinese. Reviews are in English. This allows us to reach a broad international public. We strive for a broad coverage, but publications in most fields of Chinese linguistics grow exuberantly, thus imposing obvious restrictions. It will hardly be possible to spot all relevant publications, let alone have them reviewed. At the same time, Chinet intends to provide state-of-the-field reports on Chinese studies in areas where research in Western languages is still scant.

Chinet offers authors a platform for publishing articles as well as pre- and post-prints. It is hoped that, in the long-run, Chinet will thus develop into a proper online journal. We kindly ask the authors to secure the copyrights of their contributions.

We are eventually planning to provide alternative formats such as reading notes, interviews with publishers of prominent works, expert discussions on controversial issues, etc. in order to foster scholarly debate and to promote our understanding of the languages of China.

We would like to invite our readers to bring to our attention relevant works they consider suitable for review. Of course, reviews are most welcome too. Readers are invited to share their comments and criticism in the comment section following every contribution.

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