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Title: Mandarin Chinese: An Introduction
Written By: Mobo C. F. Gao

Mandarin Chinese: An Introduction provides a systematic overview of Mandarin Chinese from the perspective of the English-speaking learner. Using a comparative approach, it contrasts grammatical, and other features of Mandarin Chinese language, with relevant issues in English. The book opens with a chapter on the setting of the Chinese language, giving a brief account of the historical, geographical, social, and linguistic background of China. Included is a discussion of how modern Chinese politics has played an important role in the development of modern standard Chinese. Other topics include sounds and tones, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and discourse. Mandarin Chinese brings a wide range of topics and issues together in one volume, presenting a coherent, easy-to-follow picture of the language, and a practical, efficient way to learn.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195540026
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: $19.95