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

2012-03-01 – 2016-10-31


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.