The Chinese Lexicon is a detailed study of the words and word combinations used in modern Chinese. Yip Po-Ching defines the general properties of a language's lexicon, or vocabulary, prior to a thorough discussion of the organizational features of the Chinese lexicon. Comparisons are made between Chinese and English, highlighting the similarities and differences between the two lexicons.
This fascinating work examines the relationships between word and meanings, and demonstrates the ability of language to combine continuity and change. It surpasses the scope of a dictionary and reveals the systematic nature of vocabulary. Features include:
- a wealth of language examples
- clear comparisons between Chinese and English
- Chinese characters and pinyin romanization throughout
- a comprehensive index.
The Chinese Lexicon surpasses the scope of a dictionary and reveals the systematic nature of vocabulary. It will prove an invaluable resource for all students and teachers of Chinese.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1The Phonological Make-up of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 2 The Graphetic Composition of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 3 Morphological Features of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 4 Syntactic Features of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 5 Phonaesthetic Features of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 6 Rhetorical Features of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 7 Sense Relations of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 8 Cultural and Socio-Political Features of the Chinese Lexicon
Chapter 9 Loanwords in the Chinese Lexicon
Appendix Intra- and Inter-lexical Strategies of the Chinese and English lexicons.
Yip Po-Ching is now retired from the University of Leeds where he was a Senior Lecturer in Chinese. He has collaborated with Don Rimmington on 4 other titles for us: Basic Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook; Intermediate Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook , Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar and most recently Chinese: An Essential Grammar (2nd edition, 2006), and is currently writing a book on Chinese vocabulary
'The book will be of immense practical and theoretical use to a wide range of readers, from serious intermediate students to specialists' - Forum for Modern Language
'The Chinese Lexicon will be an invaluable resource for learners of Chinese at intermediate and advanced levels, even more so for teachers of Chinese, who will find it a comprehensive as well as an easy-to-use reference work.' - Royal Asiatic Society