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Francisco Varo's Grammar of the Mandarin Language (1703) : an English Translation of ""Arte de la Lengua Mandarina""

Author: W South Coblin; W South Coblin; Joseph Abraham Levi; Joseph A Levi; Francisco Varo
Publisher: Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000.
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Francisco Varo's Arte de la Lengua Mandarina, completed ca. 1680, is the earliest published grammar of any spoken form of Chinese and the fullest known description of the standard language of the seventeenth century. It establishes beyond doubt that this "Language of the Mandarins" was not Pekingese or Peking-based but had instead a Jiang-Huai or Nankingese-like phonology. It also provides important information  Read more...
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Coblin, W. South.
Francisco Varo's Grammar of the Mandarin Language (1703) : An English Translation of ""Arte de la Lengua Mandarina"".
Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©2000
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: W South Coblin; W South Coblin; Joseph Abraham Levi; Joseph A Levi; Francisco Varo
ISBN: 9789027275486 9027275483
OCLC Number: 769344108
Notes: Chapter VIII: On the Verb and its Conjugations.
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Contents: FRANCISCO VARO'S GRAMMAR OF THE MANDARIN LANGUAGE (1703): AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF 'ARTE DE LA LENGUA MANDARINA'; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Table of contents; EDITOR'S FOREWORD; 1. Background to the text; 2. Biographical data; 3. Text history and format of the Arte de la Lengua Mandarina; 4. Grammatical framework and transcriptional conventions in the text; 5. Structure and conventions of the translation; REFERENCES; INTRODUCTION: THE BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, AND GRAMMATICAL CONTEXT OF FRANCISCO VARO'S ARTE DE LA LENGUA MANDARINA (CANTON, 1703). 1. Introductory remarks2. Francisco Varo's Arte de la lengua Mandarina (Canton, 1703); 3. Biographical notes on Francisco Varo; 4. Varo's writings; 5. Grammatical studies initiated by the Dominican missionaries; 6. Greek and Latin linguistic traditions found in Varo; 7. The notion of ars grammaticae in the 17th and 18th centuries in connection with Varo's Arte de la lengua Mandarína; 8. Nebrija's influence on Varo's grammar; 9. Missionary grammars as models for Varo's grammar; 10. The influence of Varo'sArte on subsequent grammatical studies; 11. Concluding remarks; REFERENCES. Abbreviations used in the IntroductionFRONTISPIECE; PROLOGUE; The First Chapter: A Few Monitions; The First Monition; The Second Monition; The Third Monition; The Fourth Monition; The Fifth Monition; The Second Chapter: On the Tones of this Language; Paragraph 1 : On the Simple Tones; The Second Paragraph: On the Guttural Tones; The Third Paragraph: On the Tones with Dot; The Fourth Paragraph: On the Guttural Tones with Dot; The Fifth Paragraph: On Some Other Ways of Pronouncing Certain Words; The Third Chapter: On the Declension of the Noun and the Pronoun; Declension of the Noun. Declension of the Basic PronounsDeclension of the Pronominal Derivatives; The Second Paragraph: Explanation of the Cases; Paragraph 3. On the Plural; Chapter 4: On the Substantive, Adjectival, Comparative, and Superlative Nominais; The First Paragraph: On the Substantives; The Second Paragraph: On the Adjectives; The Third Paragraph: On the Comparatives; Chapter V: On the Abstract Verbal Nouns, Diminutives, Frequentatives, Occupations, and Genders; The First Paragraph: On Verbals and Abstracts; The Second Paragraph: On the Diminutives; The Third Paragraph: On the Frequentatives. The Fourth Paragraph: On the Names of OccupationsThe Fifth Paragraph: On the Genders; Chapter VI: On The Pronoun; The First Paragraph: On the Basic and Derivative Pronouns; The Second paragraph. On the Demonstratives; The Third Paragraph: On the Relatives; The Fourth Paragraph: On the Reciprocals; Chapter VII: On the Interjection, Conjunction, Negation, Interrogative, and Conditional; The First Paragraph: On the Interjection and Conjunction; The Second Paragraph: On Negation; The Third Paragraph: On the Interrogative; The Fourth Paragraph: On the Conditional.

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Francisco Varo's Arte de la Lengua Mandarina, completed ca. 1680, is the earliest published grammar of any spoken form of Chinese and the fullest known description of the standard language of the seventeenth century. It establishes beyond doubt that this "Language of the Mandarins" was not Pekingese or Peking-based but had instead a Jiang-Huai or Nankingese-like phonology. It also provides important information about the nature and formation of pre-modern standard forms of Chinese and will lead to revisions of currently held views on Chinese koines and their relationship with regional s.

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