A fascinating description of a global language, A Grammar of Mandarin combines broad perspectives with illuminating depth. Crammed with examples from everyday conversations, it aims to let the language speak for itself. The book opens with an overview of the language situation and a thorough account of Mandarin speech sounds. Nine core chapters explore syntactic, morphological and lexical dimensions. A final chapter traces the Chinese character script from oracle-bone inscriptions to today's digital pens. This work will cater to language learners and linguistic specialists alike. Easy reference is provided by more than eighty tables, figures, appendices, and a glossary. The main text is enriched by sections in finer print, offering further analysis and reflection. Example sentences are fully glossed, translated, and explained from diverse angles, with a keen eye for recent linguistic change. This grammar, in short, reveals a Mandarin language in full swing.
1. Symbols, abbreviations and other conventions; 2. Preface; 3. 1. Mandarin; 4. 2. Phonetics and phonology; 5. 3. Subordination; 6. 4. Nouns; 7. 5. Verbs; 8. 6. Properties and states; 9. 7. Negations and questions; 10. 8. Tense, aspect and mood; 11. 9. Counting and classifying; 12. 10. Morphology; 13. 11. Function words; 14. 12. The Chinese script; 15. Appendix A The International Phonetic Alphabet; 16. Appendix B. Syllable inventory in Pinyin; 17. Appendix C. Phonological inventory of Beijing Mandarin; 18. Appendix D. The transcription of Mandarin; 19. Glossary; 20. References; 21. Index
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