Grammatical Studies in Buddhist Hybrid Chinese: the passive construction in early Chinese translation literature (2nd-5th century AD)

01 March 2012 → 31 October 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Chinese language
    • Diachronic linguistics
grammaticatization Buddhist Hybrid Chinese passive construction Chinese historical linguistics Sanskrit and Chinese comparison external borrowing in the Chinese context
Project description

The thesis is a study of early Buddhist Hybrid Chinese with an amphasis on the development of the passive constructions. Based on the quantitative analysis of materials collected in a database, the evolution of passive constructions, their distributions during different periods, questions concerning grammaticalization processes, and the influence of Indic languages and Chinese dialects will be studied and analyzed.