A Reference Grammar of Chinese

A Reference Grammar of Chinese

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A Reference Grammar of Chinese is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the linguistic structure of Chinese, covering all of the important linguistic features of the language and incorporating insights gained from research in Chinese linguistics over the past thirty years. With contributions from twenty-two leading Chinese linguists, this authoritative guide uses large-scale corpora to provide authentic examples based on actual language use. The accompanying online example databases ensure that a wide range of exemplars are readily available and also allow for new usages to be updated. This design offers a new paradigm for a reference grammar where generalizations can be cross-checked with additional examples and also provide resources for both linguistic studies and language learning. Featuring bilingual term lists, this reference grammar helps readers to access relevant literature in both English and Chinese and is an invaluable reference for learners, teachers and researchers in Chinese linguistics and language processing.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 3 b/w illus. 9 tables
  • 1139028464
  • 9781139028462

Table of contents

1. Preliminaries Chu-Ren Huang and Dingxu Shi; 2. Syntactic overview Dingxu Shi and Chu-Ren Huang; 3. Lexical word formation Jerome Packard; 4. Verbs and verb phrases Audrey Y. H. Li; 5. Aspectual system Sze-Wing Tang; 6. Negation Haihua Pan, Po Lun Peppina Lee and Chu-Ren Huang; 7. Classifiers Kathleen Ahrens and Chu-Ren Huang; 8. Nouns and nominal phrases Dingxu Shi; 9. Relative constructions Stephen Matthews and Virginia Yip; 10. Adjectives and adjective phrases Shi-Zhe Huang, Jing Jin and Dingxu Shi; 11. Comparison Marie-Claude Paris and Dingxu Shi; 12. Adverbs Yung-O Biq and Chu-Ren Huang; 13. Prepositions and preposition phrases Jingxia Lin and Chaofen Sun; 14. Sentence types Weidong Zhan and Xiaojing Bai; 15. Major non-canonical clause types ba and bei Hilary Chappell and Dingxu Shi; 16. Deixis and anaphora Yan Jiang; 17. Information structure Shu-ing Shyu; Appendix. Punctuations Shui Duen Chan.show more

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'This excellent grammar book as a whole provides a comprehensive description of the Chinese language in use and constitutes a new landmark that will be critical for future empirical research on Chinese. It is certainly a useful reference book that will help not only researchers in encouraging descriptive and theoretical linguists to conduct research in creative ways but also language learners and teachers to navigate the complexity of learning and teaching of Chinese.' Guozhen Peng, Journal of Chinese Language and Discourseshow more