Intermediate Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook

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Intermediate Cantonese is designed for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each of the twenty-five units combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency. The book includes:
  • Many examples from contemporary media, including films, advertising, songs and soap operas
  • DT Clear distinction between colloquial and more formal speech registers
  • DT Teaches contemporary Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong
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'This is an excellent practical grammar of Cantonese. It offers clear explanations on a variety of topics, and provides relevant exercises that reinforce the material covered. The writing is compact and perspicuous. The examples are natural, and there are enough of them to adequately illustrate the point under discussion. It covers intermediate and even advanced grammatical constructions, areas often under-represented in pedagogical materials. This book has a welcome place on the bookshelf of every student and teacher of Cantonese.' - The Linguist List, November 2001
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415193863
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2000
  • Series: Grammar Workbooks Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Yip is Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Stephen Matthews lectures at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. They are the authors of Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (1999) and Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (1994), both from Routledge.

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Table of Contents

1 Consonants and vowels 1
2 Tone contours 8
3 Changed tones 13
4 Reduplication 21
5 Word formation 29
6 Verb-object compounds 35
7 Adjectives and stative verbs 41
8 Classifiers revisited 46
9 Topic and focus 55
10 Using jeung 61
11 Serial verbs 66
12 Aspect markers 74
13 Comparisons 83
14 Resultative and causative sentences with dou 89
15 Quantification 97
16 Negative sentences 107
17 Questions and answers 113
18 Relative clauses 120
19 Subordinate clauses 127
20 Conditional sentences 135
21 Reported speech 143
22 Cantonese speech conventions 149
23 Particles and interjections 156
24 Colloquial syntax 165
25 Code-mixing and loanwords 172
Key to exercises 179
Glossary of grammatical terms 195
Index 197
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