Talk: The Diatopic variation of the reflexes of Middle Chinese *ɣu- in Guangdong Yue dialects
This talk explores the diatopic variation of the reflexes of Middle Chinese *ɣu- in the Yue dialects of Guangdong. Four dialect groups have been identified and the historical explanation for this pattern seems to be a historical contact between earlier northern and southern Yue dialects.
This analysis is unlike traditional studies in Chinese dialectology. Instead of just identifying correspondences between Middle Chinese rhyme book categories and reflexes, I have utilized maps to visualize the data. This approach allows me to address dialect changes in more than one or a handful of dialects and offer a possible explanation for the geolinguistic pattern in Guangdong.