LINGUIST List 11.1844

Thu Aug 31 2000

Books: Chinese Language/Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Chinese: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent, C. Lau
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Chinese: A Practical Course for Students of Chinese, S.Y. Killingley

Message 1: Chinese: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent, C. Lau

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 19:39:56 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Chinese: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent, C. Lau

The Decline of the General Hakka Accent 

A Comparison of "Old-Style" and "New-Style" as spoken by the indigenous
inhabitants of Hong Kong 

CHUNFAT LAU
HongKong Polytechnic University

This thesis is a field work collection of the existing variety of Hakka
dialect spoken by the indigenous population of Hong Kong and a
comparison of the Old- and New-Style. The comparison enables us to see
how the Cantonese dialect has affected its phonology, vocabulary and
grammar. Hakka was widely spoken in the rural area of Hong Kong before
the city +developed into a metropolis after the seventies. In the last
50 years, Hong Kong emerged as a metropolis with Cantonese dominating
the school, the media and later also the Government. Hakka is now
restricted to remote settlements, old people and only in the family or
village domain. Therefore, this is the last minute to catch a picture of
the vanishing Hakka dialect in Hong Kong.

The author's analysis shows that Hakka as spoken in Hong Kong is
strongly affected by Cantonese, and almost every Hakka speaker is
subject to with different degree of Cantonese influence. This is an
interesting picture of a vanishing dialect, so far unreported, not at
least with such a breadth and depth. It serves as a record of how a
weaker language confronting a stronger language dies out in a matter of
two generations.

ISBN 3 89586 677 6. 
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 40. 
Ca. 220pp. USD 68 / DM 102 / � 41. 

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Free copies of LINCOM'S newsflashes 22 (10/2000) & 23 (11/2000) are
available from LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; 
FAX +49 89 62269404; 
http://www.lincom-europa.com
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Message 2: Chinese: A Practical Course for Students of Chinese, S.Y. Killingley

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 21:01:55 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Chinese: A Practical Course for Students of Chinese, S.Y. Killingley

Learning to Read Pinyin Romanization and its Equivalent in Wade-Giles: 

A Practical Course for Students of Chinese

SIEW-YUE KILLINGLEY

The most important romanization system of Chinese until recent times was
the Wade-Giles system. Pinyin is now the most important romanization
system in modern usage and is the system used in international
communications and in computer software. But Wade-Giles still retains an
unparalleled place in the canon because a great deal of sinological work
published before 1955 used it exclusively, and it continues to be used
in areas of study such as Chinese philosophy. While Pinyin consonant
letters maintain a one-to-one correspondence between a particular sound
and a letter or sequence of two letters, there is a much more
complicated correspondence between vowel letters and vowel sounds.
Wade-Giles has a lesser degree of divergence between sound and letter,
and in this respect is easier to operate.
	
The chief aim in this course is to teach competence in reading Pinyin
romanization, and to foster an understanding of the principles
underlying that romanization system. The student is introduced to some
phonetics, although theoretical discussions are kept to a minimum. For
those who wish, this course also teaches the ability to systematically
convert each Pinyin representation into its Wade-Giles equivalent.
	
This course is directed at anyone who wishes to study Chinese fairly
seriously for general or specialist purposes. It is meant to be used in
conjunction with any current Chinese-language teaching book that uses
Pinyin. No previous knowledge of phonetics is presupposed, and the
course can be followed with or without a teacher. Parts of this course
have been used since 1994 in draft form for beginners studying courses
on Chinese language and culture at the University of Newcastle. This
first published edition has been completed in the light of the author's
experience in teaching those courses.
	
The lessons introduce difficulties of pronunciation and spelling
gradually, beginning with Chinese sounds which are easily relatable to
those of English (e.g., nasals), and progressing to those which may be
outside the student's experience (e.g., retroflex fricatives). Tone is
introduced and taught by drawing on known analogies of pitch features in
English intonation rather than taught as something entirely alien to the
student's experience. Each lesson contains explanations, oral practice
which enables the student to produce correct sounds, and practice in
relating each sound to its Pinyin representation. A final lesson gives
guidance on how to use Chinese-English Dictionaries.
	
Appendices on the organs of speech, on tables of vowels and consonants,
and on developing a keyboard for Pinyin spelling complete with tones
using macros in WordPerfect.

ISBN 3 89586 199 5. 
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 05. 
Ca. 96pp. USD 34/ DM 54 / � 21. 2nd printing


 
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