LINGUIST List 15.1806

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Message 1: Peking Mandarin: Shi

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 12:50:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: Peking Mandarin: Shi

Title: Peking Mandarin
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 377
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lincom GmbH,
Author: Dingxu Shi, 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. (for more information see the LINCOM webshop:

Lingfield(s):	Language Description

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (Language Code: CHN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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