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Basic Cantonese

A Grammar and Workbook, 2nd Edition

By Virginia Yip, Stephen Matthews


176 pages

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Basic Cantonese introduces the essentials of Cantonese grammar in a straightforward and systematic way.

Each of the 28 units deals with a grammatical topic and provides associated exercises, designed to put grammar into a communicative context. Special attention is paid to topics which differ from English and European language structures.

This new edition features:

clear, accessible format

• lively examples to illustrate each grammar point

• informative keys to all exercises

• glossary of grammatical terms

Basic Cantonese is ideal for students new to the language. Together with its sister volume, Intermediate Cantonese, it forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.

Table of Contents


1 Consonants

2 Vowels and diphthongs

3 Tone

4 Pronouns

5 Possession: ge

6 Possession and existence: yáuh

7 Being: haih

8 Noun classifiers

9 Adjectives

10 Adverbs of manner

11 Adverbs of time, frequency and duration

12 Comparison: gwo and

13 Prepositions: space and time

14 Negation

15 Verbs of motion: heui and làih

16 Verbs of giving: béi

17 Verbs and particles

18 Actions and events: and gwo

19 Activities: gán and jyuh

20 Auxiliary verbs

21 Passives

22 Word order and topicalization

23 Yes/no questions

24 Wh-questions

25 Sentence particles

26 Imperatives

27 Requests and thanks

28 Numbers, dates and times

Key to exercises

Glossary of grammatical terms

About the Authors

Virginia Yip is Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Stephen Matthews is Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. They are the authors of Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (1994, 2nd edition 2011), The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (2007, Cambridge University Press), and co-directors of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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