Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar

Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar

by Edwin G. Pulleyblank
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University of Washington Press


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Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar

While China has a long tradition of lexicography and of phonological studies, unlike Europe and Indian it has no tradition of descriptive or prescriptive grammar. Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar fills that gap and is the first comprehensive introduction to syntactical analysis of Classical Chinese. Focusing on the language of the high classical period, which ranges from the time of Confucius to the unification of the empire by Qin in -221, the books pays particular attention to the Mencius, the Lunyu, and, to a lesser extent, the Zuozhuan texts.

Renowed for his work in Classical Chinese, Edwin Pulleyblank opens the book with a brief historical overview and a discussion of the relationship between the writing system and the phonology. An outline of the overall principles of word order and sentence structure follows. He then deals with the main sentence types: nominal predicates, verbal predicates, and numerical expressions, which constitute a special type of quasiverbal predication. The final section covers topics such as subordinate constituents of sentences, non-declarative sentence types, and complex sentences.

Clear and well organized, Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar is an authoritative study and will be an invaluable resource tool for anyone involved in Chinese language studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774805414
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsI. IntroductionII. Some Basic Principles of Classical Chinese SyntaxIII. Noun PredicationIV. Verbal PredicatesV. Compound Verbal PredicatesVI. Numerical ExpressionsVII. Noun Phrases and NominalizationVIII. Topicalization and ExposureIX. Pronouns and Related WordsX. AdverbsXI. NegationXII. Aspect, Time, and MoodXIII. Adnominal and Adverbial Words of Inclusion and RestrictionXIV. Imperative, Interrogative and Exclamatory SentencesXV. Complex SentencesNotesSources of ExamplesBibliographyIndex of Chinese Vocabulary ItemsGeneral Index

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