Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners.
This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real-world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures of modern Chinese grammar. In addition, the authors examine discourse and other larger units of sentences in use.
Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Table of Contents
1 Subject-Predicate Sentence. 2 Special Sentences with Verb as Predicate. 3 "是...的" Sentence. 4 Interrogative Sentence, Rhetorical Sentence and Echo-question Sentence. 5 Imperative Sentence. 6 Structures of Comparison. 7 Non Subject-Predicate Sentence. 8 Types of Compound Sentences. 9 Subject of Compound Sentence and Conjunction Words. 10 Compressed Sentence. 11 Discourse.
Liu Yuehua (1937–2019) was a distinguished Chinese linguist, winner of the Walton Lifetime Achievement Award of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of USA, a professor at the Beijing Language and Culture University, and a leading author of the well-known Integrated Chinese textbook series. She also taught at Wellesley College, MIT, and Harvard University.
Pan Wenyu graduated from Peking University and taught Chinese as foreign language for more than 50 years. She specialized in Chinese grammar and teaching techniques.
Gu Wei (Zhao Shuhua) is a retired professor of the masters of teaching Chinese as a second language, Beijing Language and Culture University. She has authored 20 papers and is the co-author of The Study on Parts of Speech (1996).