Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

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

The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers. Part B is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as:

  • Communication strategies
  • Making comparisons
  • Giving and seeking information
  • Expressing apologies, regrets and sympathies

The two parts of the Grammar are closely linked by extensive cross-references, providing a grammatical and functional perspective on many patterns. All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated with examples, with a strong focus on contemporary usage.

Main features of the grammar include:

  • Examples given in simplified characters, traditional characters and romanization (pinyin)
  • Clear explanations and accessible descriptions
  • Particular attention to areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese

Implementing feedback from users of the first edition of the Grammar, this second edition has been revised throughout to offer expanded explanations, examples, cross-referencing, and indexing and brand new chapters on aspect, resultative verbs, directional verbs and "ba" sentences.

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. This Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook (978-0-415-83488-9; available for separate purchase) which features related exercises and activities.

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'...exceptionally useful, accessible and easy-to-use grammar.' - Forum for Modern Language Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415700108
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Series: Modern Grammars Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. A Structures
1 Overview of pronunciation and Pinyin romanization 3
2 Syllable, meaning, and word 6
3 The Chinese writing system : an overview 12
4 Phrase order in the Mandarin sentence 17
5 Nouns 22
6 Numbers 28
7 Specifiers and demonstratives 39
8 Classifiers 43
9 Noun phrases 49
10 Adjectival verbs 56
11 Stative verbs 61
12 Modal verbs 69
13 Action verbs 76
14 Prepositions and prepositional phrases 82
15 Adverbs 89
16 Conjunctions 97
17 The passive 100
Pt. B Situations and functions
18 Names, kinship terms, titles, and terms of address 107
19 Introductions 121
20 Greetings and goodbyes 125
21 Basic strategies for communication 134
22 Telecommunications and e-communications : telephones, the Internet, beepers, and faxes 141
23 Negating information 146
24 Asking questions and replying to questions 152
25 Expressing identification, possession, and existence 165
26 Describing people, places, and things 171
27 Describing how actions are performed 181
28 Indicating result, conclusion, potential, and extent 186
29 Making comparisons 198
30 Talking about the present 215
31 Talking about habitual actions 220
32 Talking about the future 223
33 Indicating completion and talking about the past 226
34 Talking about change, new situations, and changing situations 236
35 Talking about duration and frequency 243
36 Expressing additional information 251
37 Expressing contrast 256
38 Expressing sequence 260
39 Expressing simultaneous situations 268
40 Expressing cause and effect or reason and result 272
41 Expressing conditions 278
42 Expressing 'both,' 'all,' 'every,' 'any,' 'none,' 'not any,' and 'no matter how' 282
43 Expressing location and distance 291
44 Talking about movement, directions, and means of transportation 302
45 Talking about clock time and calendar time 310
46 Expressing obligations and prohibitions 322
47 Expressing commands and permission 328
48 Expressing ability and possibility 332
49 Expressing desires, needs, preferences, and willingness 335
50 Expressing knowledge, advice, and opinions 338
51 Expressing fear, worry, and anxiety 344
52 Expressing speaker attitudes and perspectives 348
53 Topic, focus, and emphasis 352
54 Guest and host 361
55 Giving and responding to compliments 364
56 Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction 366
57 Expressing gratitude and responding to expressions of gratitude 370
58 Invitations, requests, and refusals 372
59 Expressing apologies, regrets, sympathy, and bad news 380
60 Expressing congratulations and good wishes 384
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