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Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents. Second Edition

Author: Gertraude Roth Li; National Foreign Language Resource Center University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Publisher: National Foreign Language Resource Center at University of Hawaii. 1859 East-West Road #106, Honolulu, HI 96822-2322. Tel: 808-956-9851; Fax: 808-956-5983; e-mail: nflrc@hawaii.edu; Web site: http://www.nflrc.hawaii.edu 2010-00-00
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This book offers students a tool to gain a basic grounding in the Manchu language. The reading selections provided in this volume represent various types of documents, ranging from examples of the very earliest Manchu writing (17th century) to samples of contemporary Sibe (Xibo), a language that may be considered a modern version of Manchu. Since Manchu courses are only rarely taught at universities anywhere, this  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Gertraude Roth Li; National Foreign Language Resource Center University of Hawai'i at Manoa
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9800-4595-6
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 694789343
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This book offers students a tool to gain a basic grounding in the Manchu language. The reading selections provided in this volume represent various types of documents, ranging from examples of the very earliest Manchu writing (17th century) to samples of contemporary Sibe (Xibo), a language that may be considered a modern version of Manchu. Since Manchu courses are only rarely taught at universities anywhere, this second edition includes audio recordings to assist students with the pronunciation of the texts. Part I, "Introduction", contains the following chapters: (1) The purpose of this book; (2) Why study Manchu?; (3) Manchu sources; (4) The value of Manchu documents; (5) Work to be done; (6) About the Manchu language; and (7) The Manchu script. Part II, "Reading Selections", contains the following chapters: (1) How to use the texts; (2) About the reading selections; (3) Standard Manchu--Narratives from the Qianlong period; (4) Official documents; (5) Old Manchu--From the Old Manchu archives; and (6) Contemporary Sibe. Part III, "Study Aids", contains the following chapters: (1) Historical background: The Qing Dzungar campaigns; (2) Translations; (3) Grammatical points; (4) Miscellaneous information; (5) Selected reference materials; and (6) Index of grammatical points. This book includes acknowledgments.

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