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1st Edition

Modern Chinese Grammar



ISBN 9781032319513
Published October 31, 2022 by Routledge
865 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This four-volume set is an English translation for the first time of a Chinese linguistics classic on modern Chinese grammar by WANG Li, one of the most distinguished Chinese linguists.
Based on the corpus of two classic Chinese novels, the book describes the various linguistic patterns of modern Chinese grammar, encompassing syntax, lexis and the Western influence on modern Chinese. As a groundbreaking work of modern Chinese linguistics, the book highlights the special linguistic qualities of Chinese language, contrasting with those of Indo-European languages. These are embodied by the structure of book with a strong focus put on the syntax and a short yet reasonable length for lexis. It also examines the influence of Western languages on Mandarin Chinese, giving insights into the cultural and diachronic aspects of Chinese language. The author offered one of the first attempts in applying the ideas of Otto Jespersen and Leonard Bloomfield to the description of modern Chinese grammar and further developed their theory.
The set is a must read for both Chinese language learners as well as researchers and students studying Chinese linguistics and modern Chinese grammar.

Table of Contents

Volume 1  1. Introduction  2. Character and word  3. Word class  4. Word rank  5. Phrase  6. Sentence  7. Sentence form and predicate form  8. Narrative sentence  9. Descriptive sentence and determinative sentence  10. Composite sentence  11. Optative form  12. Causative form  13. Dispositive form  14. Passive form  15. Annexed form  16. Contracted form  17. Secondary complement and tertiary complement  Volume 2  1. Introduction  2. Copula  3. Negation  4. Adverb  5. Marker  6. Aspect  7. Mood  8. Modal tertiary  9. Connective  10. Relative tertiary  Volume 3  1. Introduction  2. Personal pronoun  3. Indefinite pronoun, reflexive pronoun, reciprocal pronoun and modified pronoun  4. Demonstrative pronoun  5. Interrogative pronoun  6. Cardinal number, ordinal number and inquiry about number  7. “一” (yi; one) and “一 个” (yi ge; one CLA)  8. Numeration method for person and thing  9. Numeration method for behavior  Volume 4  1. Introduction   Part 1 Special forms  2. Reduplicated syllable, reduplicated word and opposite term  3. Incorporation, agglutination and idiom  4. Onomatopoeia and scene-painting  5. Repetition  6. Continuation and omission  7. Inversion and parenthesis  8. Interjection of emotion and interjection of meaning  Part 2 Europeanized grammar  9. Coinage of disyllabic words  10. Increase in subject and copula  11. Extension of sentence length  12. Europeanization of potential form, passive form and marker  13. Europeanization of connective constituent  14. New methods of substitution and numeration

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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.