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A History of Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands

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In 1939, Jozef L.M. Mullie was appointed Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht. In this chapter, the authors have appropriated all the work Mullie did prior to this appointment in Utrecht as well and included it in the overview of Chinese linguistics in the Netherlands, despite the fact that he had no ties to the Netherlands before 1939. One of early linguistic publications of the Mullie is an admirably detailed study of the sounds of "Northern Pekingese", as he calls the variety of Mandarin spoken in his East Mongolia. As a phonetic study, rather than a phonological one, it gives detailed articulatory descriptions of about twenty vowels and forty consonants. Mullie focuses a lot on nasalisation, on the elusive sounds written as "i" in pinyin following the affricates written as "ch", "sh", "zh" and "c", "s", "z", as well as on the phonetic effects.

Keywords: Chinese linguistics; Jozef L.M. Mullie; Netherlands; Northern Pekingese; Utrecht



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