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2nd Edition

Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar

ISBN 9781138840164
Published October 7, 2015 by Routledge
656 Pages

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Book Description

Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to Chinese grammar which presents a fresh and accessible description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Chinese.

The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Chinese grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language and provides full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on Chinese as used by present-day native speakers. An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require.

The new edition features a revised and expanded chapter on prosody (Prosody and Syntax), as well as four completely new chapters:

• Morphology and Syntax (I) looks at Chinese word formation

• Morphology and Syntax (II) explores the interaction between words, expressions and sentences

• Intralingual Transpositions reviews the possible conversions between sentential constructions

• Interlingual Conversions examines the differences between Chinese and English.

The Grammar is an essential reference source for the adult learner and user of Chinese. It is ideal for independent study and for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes, up to an advanced level.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  List of Abbreviations  Preface  Introduction  1. Nouns and Nominalisations  2. Numerals and Measures  3. Pronouns, Pronominals and Pro-words  4. Adjectives as Attributives and Predicatives  5. Attributives other than Adjectives  6. Action Verbs  7. Action Verbs and Time  8. Action Verbs and Locations  9. Adverbials  10. Complements  11. Coverbs  12. 把 bǎ Constructions  13. The Passive Voice and 被 bèi Constructions  14. Chain Constructions  15. The Verb 是 shì  16. The Verb 有yǒu  17. Verbs that Take Verbal or Clausal Objects  18. Modal Verbs  19. Telescopic Constructions  20. Narration, Description, Exposition and Evaluation  21. 了 le-Expository Sentences  22. Conjunctions and Conjunctives  23. Interrogative Sentences  24. Imperatives and Exclamations  25. Abbreviations and Omissions  26. Prosody and Syntax  27. Stylistic Considerations in Syntactic Constructions  28. Morphology and Syntax (I)  29. Morphology and Syntax (II)  30. Intralingual Transpositions  31. Interlingual Conversions  Bibliography  Index

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Yip Po-Ching was Lecturer in Chinese at Leeds University, and Don Rimmington is Emeritus Professor of Chinese formerly at Leeds University.