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A reference of Mandarin Chinese

Author: Mobo C F Gao
Publisher: Tingalpa, Qld : XACT Publications, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

Provides a systematic overview of Mandarin Chinese from the perspective of the English-speaking learner.


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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Textbooks for foreign speakers
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mobo C F Gao
ISBN: 0646397192 9780646397191 0195540026 9780195540024
OCLC Number: 223075951
Language Note: Text in English and Chinese.
Description: xii, 180 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Language and Setting: Geography, History, Society, Group identity, Two Chinas, Chinese: The language, Language relations and types; Language and Politics: The differences between spoken and written Chinese, The cry for change: From politics to language, Language reform and the new culture movement, Language reform and anti-tradition, Romanisation: Abolition of the Chinese script?, Popularisation of phonetic spelling, The politicalisation of language: Names and terms, Concluding remarks; Sounds and Tones: Speaking a language: Pinyin: The spelling of Chinese sounds, Syllables, Phonetic symbols in Taiwan, Other Romanisation systems, Tones, Sounds of loan words, Syllables, words and tones, Stress, Rhythm; Writing: Hanzi (characters), Radicals, Types of characters, Writing styles and calligraphy, Vertical and horizontal writing and punctuation, Complex and simplified characters, Characters in other countries; Vocabulary: Words, Word classes, Word formation, Compound words, Loan words, Reduplication, Affixes, cheng yu (set phrases), Homophones, Informal, formal and classic vocabulary, Meaning, reference and translation, Names, Writing addresses and dates, Dictionaries; Grammar: Structural rules, Three major features of grammar, Word order, Phrases, Question sentences, Word order of passive sentences, Inflection, Grammatical words, Measure words, Auxillaries, Complements, A summary of the three des, Quantifiers, Sentences; Discourse: Classroom versus real situation Chinese, Regional accents and dialects, Gender, Formal versus informal style, Written versus spoken, Ellipsis and pronoun dropping, Conversational fillers, Phraseology, Word order, Writing: Characters; Appendix I, Appendix II; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Mobo C.F. Gao.


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