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Author: Jerry Norman
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Series: Cambridge language surveys.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese, in its numerous dialects, has more speakers than any other language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Norman
ISBN: 0521228093 9780521228091 0521296536 9780521296533
OCLC Number: 15629375
Description: xi, 292 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The historical phonology of Chinese --
The Chinese script --
The classical and literary languages --
The rise development of the written vernacular --
The modern standard language I --
The modern standard language II --
Dialectal variation in North and Central China --
The dialects of the Southeast --
Language and society.
Series Title: Cambridge language surveys.
Responsibility: Jerry Norman.
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