A Grammar of Kam Revealed in Its Narrative Discourse

  • Tongyin Yang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  3. Tongyin Yang
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  4. Tongyin Yang
    Pages 19-33
  5. Tongyin Yang
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  6. Tongyin Yang
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 127-314

About this book


The Kam language of China possesses fifteen tones – more than any other language. Yet it has long been neglected as an area of research, especially from the perspective of discourse analysis. This study initiates the exploration of the interface between grammar and discourse by examining various aspects of Kam narrative discourse, and using a functional approach to reveal its structural properties. It also introduces the mechanism for phonological and syntactic variations, as well as classifier variants and sentence-final particles (SFPs) in discourse and word order variations. Finally, it discusses the influence of social setting on narrative structure and offers the most up-to-date ethnological and social information about the community.


Kam Language Kam Culture Dong Language Syntactic Structure Discourse Analysis Sentence-final Particle Functional Approach

Authors and affiliations

  • Tongyin Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Academy of Linguistic SciencesJiangsu Normal UniversityXuzhouChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2262-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2263-0
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