Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

by Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma
     
 

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar is an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

Divided into two sections closely linked by extensive cross-references, it covers:

  • traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers
  • language

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Overview

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar is an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

Divided into two sections closely linked by extensive cross-references, it covers:

  • traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers
  • language functions and notions such as communication strategies, giving and seeking information, expressing apologies, regrets and sympathies.

With all grammar points and functions richly illustrated with examples, and a strong emphasis on contemporary usage, the main features of this Grammar include examples in simplified characters, traditional characters, and romanization (Pinyin) as well as an emphasis on areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese.

This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided. Featuring related exercises and activities, this Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415700108
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Modern Grammars Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
942,622
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. AStructures
1Overview of pronunciation and Pinyin romanization3
2Syllable, meaning, and word6
3The Chinese writing system : an overview12
4Phrase order in the Mandarin sentence17
5Nouns22
6Numbers28
7Specifiers and demonstratives39
8Classifiers43
9Noun phrases49
10Adjectival verbs56
11Stative verbs61
12Modal verbs69
13Action verbs76
14Prepositions and prepositional phrases82
15Adverbs89
16Conjunctions97
17The passive100
Pt. BSituations and functions
18Names, kinship terms, titles, and terms of address107
19Introductions121
20Greetings and goodbyes125
21Basic strategies for communication134
22Telecommunications and e-communications : telephones, the Internet, beepers, and faxes141
23Negating information146
24Asking questions and replying to questions152
25Expressing identification, possession, and existence165
26Describing people, places, and things171
27Describing how actions are performed181
28Indicating result, conclusion, potential, and extent186
29Making comparisons198
30Talking about the present215
31Talking about habitual actions220
32Talking about the future223
33Indicating completion and talking about the past226
34Talking about change, new situations, and changing situations236
35Talking about duration and frequency243
36Expressing additional information251
37Expressing contrast256
38Expressing sequence260
39Expressing simultaneous situations268
40Expressing cause and effect or reason and result272
41Expressing conditions278
42Expressing 'both,' 'all,' 'every,' 'any,' 'none,' 'not any,' and 'no matter how'282
43Expressing location and distance291
44Talking about movement, directions, and means of transportation302
45Talking about clock time and calendar time310
46Expressing obligations and prohibitions322
47Expressing commands and permission328
48Expressing ability and possibility332
49Expressing desires, needs, preferences, and willingness335
50Expressing knowledge, advice, and opinions338
51Expressing fear, worry, and anxiety344
52Expressing speaker attitudes and perspectives348
53Topic, focus, and emphasis352
54Guest and host361
55Giving and responding to compliments364
56Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction366
57Expressing gratitude and responding to expressions of gratitude370
58Invitations, requests, and refusals372
59Expressing apologies, regrets, sympathy, and bad news380
60Expressing congratulations and good wishes384

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