Chinese A Linguistic Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521530822

ISBN-13: 9780521530828

Edition: 2006

Authors: Chaofen Sun
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Description: Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, and has a rich social, cultural and historical background. This is a comprehensive guide to the linguistic structure of Chinese, providing an accessible introduction to each of the key areas. It describes the fundamentals of its writing system, its pronunciation and tonal sound system, its morphology (how words are structured), and its syntax (how sentences are formed) - as well as its historical development, and the diverse ways in which it interacts with other languages. Setting the discussion of all aspects of Chinese firmly within the context of the language in use, Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction will be of great benefit to learners wishing to extend their knowledge and competence in the language, and their teachers. It will also be a useful starting point for students of linguistics beginning work on the structure of this major world language.

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List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

List of maps
List of tables
List of figures
Preface
Major chronological divisions of Chinese history
Major periods of the Chinese language
Introduction
Historical background of the language
Prehistoric time
Oracle-bone and bronze scripts
Old Chinese (771 BCE to 220 CE)
Middle Chinese (220 CE to 960)
Early modern Chinese (960 to 1900)
Modern Chinese (1900 to present)
Modern Chinese grammar and its lexicon
Simplification of Chinese script
Formation of Chinese dialects
Northern Chinese (Mandarin)
Southern dialects
Phonetics of standard Chinese
Initials
Finals
Medials (on-glide)
Main vowels
Syllabic terminals (off-glide)
Rhotacization
Tones
Tone-sandhi
Chinese morphology 1
Compounding
Derivation-like affixes
Prefixes
Suffixes
Potential markers -de- [Characters not reproducible] and -bu- [Characters not reproducible] as infixes
Inflection-like affixes
Perfective marker -le [Characters not reproducible]
Experiential marker - guo [Characters not reproducible]
Imperfective marker -zhe [Characters not reproducible]
Summary
Chinese morphology 2
Clitics
Sentence-final particles
Locative particles
Reduplication
Classifiers
Informal kinship terms
Adjectives
Verbs
Beyond morphology
Summary
Chinese writing
Chinese characters
The history of Chinese script
The strokes of Chinese writing
Simplified standard script
Chinese language and culture
Cultural beliefs and Chinese expressions
Philosophical beliefs and Chinese expressions
Metaphors the Chinese live by
Politeness
Language contacts and borrowings
Neologisms and morpheme-syllable script
Summary
Chinese syntax 1
Linear order, lexical categories, subcategorization, and semantic roles
Other lexical categories
Constituency
Selectional restrictions
Chinese pronouns and demonstratives
Negation
Sentence types
Interrogative
Imperative
Chinese syntax 2
Nominalization
Relative clauses
Cleft sentences
Adverbials
The word order and semantics of some common Chinese adverbs
Adverbial clauses
Serial-verb constructions
Three types of serial-verb constructions
Causative construction
Prepositions
Flexible prepositional phrases
The comparative, passive, and ba constructions
Comparative
Passive
The ba construction
Summary
Phonetic symbols
Capitalized abbreviations
References
Index
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