Intermediate Cantonese
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Intermediate Cantonese : A Grammar and Workbook

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Intermediate Cantonese is designed for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language.


Each of the 25 units combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.


Features include:








Many authentic examples from contemporary media, including films, advertising, songs and soap operas







Clear differentiation between colloquial and more formal speech registers







Up-to-date analysis of contemporary Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong.





Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, Intermediate Cantonese, together with its sister volume, Basic Cantonese, forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 11.43mm | 318g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415815614
  • 9780415815611
  • 748,365

Table of contents

Acknowledgements


Introduction


1 Consonants and vowels


2 Tone contours


3 Changed tones


4 Reduplication


5 Word formation


6 Verb-object compounds


7 Adjectives and stative verbs


8 Classifiers revisited


9 Topic and focus


10 Using jeung


11 Serial verbs


12 Aspect markers


13 Comparisons


14 Resultative and causative sentences with dou


15 Quantification


16 Negative sentences


17 Questions and answers


18 Relative clauses


19 Subordinate clauses


20 Conditional sentences


21 Reported speech


22 Cantonese speech conventions


23 Particles and interjections


24 Colloquial syntax


25 Code-mixing and loanwords


Key to exercises


Glossary of grammatical terms


Index
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Review quote

'This is an excellent practical grammar of Cantonese. It offers clear explanations on a variety of topics, and provides relevant exercises that reinforce the material covered. The writing is compact and perspicuous. The examples are natural, and there are enough of them to adequately illustrate the point under discussion. It covers intermediate and even advanced grammatical constructions, areas often under-represented in pedagogical materials. This book has a welcome place on the bookshelf of every student and teacher of Cantonese.' - The Linguist List, November 2001 'This is an excellent practical grammar of Cantonese. It offers clear explanations on a variety of topics, and provides relevant exercises that reinforce the material covered. The writing is compact and perspicuous. The examples are natural, and there are enough of them to adequately illustrate the point under discussion. It covers intermediate and even advanced grammatical constructions, areas often under-represented in pedagogical materials. This book has a welcome place on the bookshelf of every student and teacher of Cantonese.' - The Linguist List, November 2001
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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 Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (2000), Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (1994, 2nd edition 2011), The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and co-directors of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.
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