2nd Edition

Intermediate Cantonese A Grammar and Workbook

By Virginia Yip, Stephen Matthews Copyright 2017
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Intermediate Cantonese is designed for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language.

    Each of the 25 units combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.

    Features include:

    • Many authentic examples from contemporary media, including films, advertising, songs and soap operas
    • Clear differentiation between colloquial and more formal speech registers
    • Up-to-date analysis of contemporary Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong.

    Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, Intermediate Cantonese, together with its sister volume, Basic Cantonese, forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.



    1 Consonants and vowels

    2 Tone contours

    3 Changed tones

    4 Reduplication

    5 Word formation

    6 Verb-object compounds

    7 Adjectives and stative verbs

    8 Classifiers revisited

    9 Topic and focus

    10 Using jēung

    11 Serial verbs

    12 Aspect markers

    13 Comparisons

    14 Resultative and causative sentences with dou

    15 Quantification

    16 Negative sentences

    17 Questions and answers

    18 Relative clauses

    19 Subordinate clauses

    20 Conditional sentences

    21 Reported speech

    22 Cantonese speech conventions

    23 Particles and interjections

    24 Colloquial syntax

    25 Code-mixing and loanwords

    Key to exercises

    Glossary of grammatical terms



    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 Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (2000), Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (1994, 2nd edition 2011), The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and co-directors of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.