Basic Cantonese

Basic Cantonese : A Grammar and Workbook

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Basic Cantonese introduces the essentials of Cantonese grammar in a straightforward and systematic way.


Each of the 28 units deals with a grammatical topic and provides associated exercises, designed to put grammar into a communicative context. Special attention is paid to topics which differ from English and European language structures.





This new edition features:





* clear, accessible format


* lively examples to illustrate each grammar point


* informative keys to all exercises


* glossary of grammatical terms


Basic Cantonese is ideal for students new to the language. Together with its sister volume, Intermediate Cantonese, it forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 10.16mm | 295g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415815592
  • 9780415815598
  • 549,999

Table of contents

Introduction


1 Consonants


2 Vowels and diphthongs


3 Tone


4 Pronouns


5 Possession: ge


6 Possession and existence: yauh


7 Being: haih


8 Noun classifiers


9 Adjectives


10 Adverbs of manner


11 Adverbs of time, frequency and duration


12 Comparison: gwo and di


13 Prepositions: space and time


14 Negation


15 Verbs of motion: heui and laih


16 Verbs of giving: bei


17 Verbs and particles


18 Actions and events: jo and gwo


19 Activities: gan and jyuh


20 Auxiliary verbs


21 Passives


22 Word order and topicalization


23 Yes/no questions


24 Wh-questions


25 Sentence particles


26 Imperatives


27 Requests and thanks


28 Numbers, dates and times


Key to exercises


Glossary of grammatical terms
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About Virginia Yip

Virginia Yip is Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Stephen Matthews is Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. They are the authors of Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (1994, 2nd edition 2011), The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (2007, Cambridge University Press), and co-directors of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.
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