Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction

Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction

by Chaofen Sun
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Cambridge University Press

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Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction

Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, and has a rich social, cultural and historical background. This book is a comprehensive guide to the linguistic structure of Chinese, providing an accessible introduction to each of the key areas. It describes the fundamentals of its writing system, its pronunciation and tonal sound system, its morphology (how words are structured), and its syntax (how sentences are formed) - as well as its historical development, and the diverse ways in which it interacts with other languages. Setting the discussion of all aspects of Chinese firmly within the context of the language in use, Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction will be of great benefit to learners wishing to extend their knowledge and competence in the language, and their teachers. It will also be a useful starting point for students of linguistics beginning work on the structure of this major world language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521823807
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2006
Series: Linguistic Introductions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Historical background; 2. Phonetics of standard Chinese; 3. Morphology 1; 4. Morphology 2; 5. Chinese writing; 6. Chinese language and culture; 7. Chinese syntax 1; 8. Chinese syntax 2.

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