Chinese

ISBN-10: 0521296536
ISBN-13: 9780521296533
Edition: 1988
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Description: This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese, in  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/21/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese, in its numerous dialects, has more speakers than any other language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional complexity. Nevertheless, Norman's crisp organization and lucid elegance make this extraordinary range of material easily accessible even to those with an elementary understanding of linguistics. Chinese includes information on the genetic and typological connections of the language, the writing system, the classical and early vernacular tongues, the modern language and non-standard dialects, and the history of linguistic reform in China.

Preface
Major chronological divisions of Chinese history
Introduction
The historical phonology of Chinese
The Chinese script
The classical and literary languages
The rise development of the written vernacular
The modern standard language I
The modern standard language II
Dialectal variation in North and Central China
The dialects of the Southeast
Language and society
Notes
References
Index

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