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Mon Jul 23 2007
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A Grammar of Mandarin Chinese: Lin
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From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A Grammar of Mandarin Chinese: Lin
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Title: A Grammar of Mandarin Chinese
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 344
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Hua Lin
Paperback: ISBN: 3895866423 Pages: 200 Price: Europe EURO 62.00
Note: This is the 2007 printing of a previously announced book.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language in China, Taiwan and Singapore,
and the language with the largest number of native speakers. In recent
years, Mandarin usage has spread even further: it is now taught in most
schools in Hong Kong, and with the influx of immigrants to the West from
China and Taiwan, many parts of the world including Canada, the United
States, Australia, and Europe have seen a steady increase in the number of
speakers. Mandarin is not a homogeneous language; any grammar that tries to
describe it needs to select one region as its focus. In this book, the
focus will be on Mandarin as is spoken in its motherland of Northern China,
especially the Chinese capital of Beijing.
The book will begin by an introduction to the geographic characteristics,
dialects and historical development of the language. This will be followed
by Mandarin phonetics and phonology. Topics covered include the syllable,
tones, the consonants, the vowels, the glides and, more importantly, how
these interact to create the sound structure of the language. A description
of the morphology will follow, addressing special features of the language
in terms of compounding, reduplication, word stress, and disyllabicity. The
remainder of the book will be devoted to Mandarin syntax. It will first
outline the major parts of speech and the major types of phrases; then it
will focus on some salient syntactic features, including the topic-comment
structure, the serial-verb construction, and the de construction. The book
will end with two sample texts, each accompanied by interlinear translation
and free translation.
For the Table of Contents see http://www.lincom.eu.
2nd printing 2007.
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
Written In: English (eng )
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