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1st Edition

Modern Chinese Grammar I



ISBN 9781032319520
Published October 31, 2022 by Routledge
222 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Focusing on the fundamental grammatical units and construction in modern Chinese, this title is the first volume of a classic on modern Chinese grammar by WANG Li, one of the most distinguished Chinese linguists.

Based on the corpus of two classic Chinese novels and being part of a four-volume set that describes the various linguistic patterns of modern Chinese grammar, this volume first distinguishes Chinese characters from words, categorizes words into different word classes and discusses the different word classes according to the number of syllables. The complex structures, which include phrases, sentences and various grammatical constructions such as those of optative, causative, disposal, passive, annex and retrenched, are then classified and elaborated on. Drawing on Otto Jespersen’s theory, the author applies the notion of rank to construct a new framework for Chinese grammar.

Including a wide variety of examples and analyses, this book is a must-read for Chinese language learners, as well as researchers and students studying Chinese linguistics and modern Chinese grammar.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Character and word  2. Word class  3. Word rank  4. Phrase  5. Sentence  6. Sentence form and predicate form  7. Narrative sentence  8. Descriptive sentence and determinative sentence  9. Composite sentence  10. Optative form  11. Causative form  12. Dispositive form  13. Passive form  14. Annexed form  15. Contracted form  16. Secondary complement and tertiary complement

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WANG Li (1900–1986) has been widely recognized as one of the founders of modern linguistics in China. He led extensive research on Chinese linguistics, covering areas such as phonetics, phonology, grammar, lexicography, historical linguistics and dialectal studies.