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Tue May 4 2004

Books: Language Description (Peking Mandarin): Shi

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Message 1: Peking Mandarin: Shi

Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 10:55:57 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Peking Mandarin: Shi

Title: Peking Mandarin
Series Title: Languages of the World

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Lincom GmbH

Author: Dingxu Shi, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Paperback: ISBN: 3895868256, Pages: 132, Price: Europe EURO 44.00


The book is a descriptive grammar of Peking Mandarin, the Chinese
dialect spoken in the capital of China. It is a reference grammar for
learners of Mandarin but is also designed for those who are interested
at Peking Mandarin and its special features. It is comprehensive
because it will cover all aspects of Peking Mandarin, i.e., its
history and evolution, its sound system, word and phrase structures,
sentence structures, special sentence patterns and discourse
features. It is also selectively in depth because issues not dealt
with in most Mandarin grammar books will be given special attention
here. The most prominent issues to be discussed are the parallelism
between the internal structure of compounds, phrases and sentences;
the complex predicates, the relatively free word order and its
semantic implications; the complex sentences; the after thought
structure; the focus and topic constructions; the prevalence of
phonetically null forms and the recovery of their reference or
signifi´┐Ż; and the dependency between syntax and semantics, discourse
and pragmatics.

The author Dingxu Shi is an associate professor of Chinese linguistics
at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He does research on syntax,
interface strategy, and language contact and language change.

Lingfield(s):	Language Description
Subject Language(s):	Chinese, Mandarin (Language code: CHN)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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