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Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by SuperXW, Apr 29, 2014.

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  2. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
  3. SuperXW Senior Member

    Great! Thanks!
  4. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    语言学的专业术语应该是:diatopic and diachronic variation / restriction. Skatingbc 觉得呢?
  5. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    Historical linguistics discusses "synchronic and diachronic variation"; sociolinguistics discusses "regional and temporal variation". "Diachronic" collocates with "synchronic", and "temporal" with "regional". Some linguists specialized in Language Variation and Change have employed the term "diatopic and diachronic variation", which is preferred when other types of variation such as diastratic, diaphasic, and diamesic varieties are also discussed. Don't get me wrong. I think "diatopic and diachronic" is a good suggestion, but I'd like to point out: "diatopic" is a specialized big word; "temporal" is a common word that can be understood by a wider range of audience.
  6. 枫十二 Senior Member

    I happened to see one use of temporal today:Have you heard the one…| the economist

    To her credit, Ms Wisse offers no general theory of Jewish humour in her book, preferring description and textual analysis, at which she excels, to psycho-historical puffery. Yet certain traits persist across temporal and geographic boundaries. Jewish humour tends, paradoxically, to provoke both relief and discomfort, as with Heinrich Heine's sharp send-ups of Jewish converts in early 19th-century Germany.

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