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