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- The aberrancy of the Jiamao dialect of Hlai: speculation on its origins and history, Graham Thurgood
@Kwamikagami and Stevey7788: Norquest says that Jiamao is a non-Hlai language, and presumably also non-Tai–Kadai; Thurgood appears to think it was an Austroasiatic language originally, but Norquest is less assertive on this. So should we treat it as unclassified? Certainly we should not classify Jiamao as Tai–Kadai without any qualification, which is also in conflict with Hlai languages#Classification, where Norquest is referenced. By the way, Austroasiatic languages#Previously existent branches says: "Jiamao, based on evidence from the register system of Jiamao, a Hlai language (Thurgood 1992)", which is confusing (register system?). --Florian Blaschke (talk) 15:49, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
- Is that what Norquest says? I don't remember that. Also, Thurgood's article is "The aberrancy of the Jiamao dialect of Hlai", which suggests he thinks it's a dialect of Hlai. A substratum does not determine the classification of a language. — kwami (talk) 02:38, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
- Yes, Thurgood does say that. But Norquest says (I can only cite the abstract): "The language Jiamao is examined in detail, and it is argued that Jiamao is a non-Hlai language which has been in close contact with Hlai since the Pre-Hlai period. An examination of the correspondences between Jiamao and Hlai reveal at least two layers of Hlai loanwords in Jiamao, and evidence Jiamao was originally very different from Hlai structurally." --Florian Blaschke (talk) 17:28, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Jiamao location update
During a field trip in August 2018, Xing Shibiao found that Jiamao is actually not spoken in Heping Town 和平镇 and Shengpo Farm 乘坡农场 (Xing Shibiao, p.c.). The people there actually speak Hainanese (Min Chinese). He also assumes that Jiamao cannot be spoken in Zhongping Town 中平镇, since it is not found in Heping Town. — Stevey7788 (talk) 22:31, 6 September 2018 (UTC)