Concept list Wang 2004 200

This basic list of 200 items is supposed to be identical with the 200-item list by Swadesh (1952), but it is more likely that it is taken from the list by Chen (1996), since the compiles explicitly refer to Chen's work and also translate "dull" as "stupid" in the Chinese list. They also follow Chen's ranking procedure by which the list is split into two parts, one of low stability and one of high stability. For the application of the list to the Chinese dialects, the compilors further reduce the stable list to a list of 95 items, based on a morphological criterion by which no compound words should occur in the data.

Id Chinese English English gloss Concept set