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xii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Preface. List of tables List of figures 1. A Walk Through Time: General Introduction 2. A Tale of Two Tribes: Prehistory 3. Thus Spake Confucius: Sounds of Old Chinese 4. Poetically they dwelt: Sounds of Middle Chinese 5. Marco Polo's Phrasebook: Sounds of Early Modern Chinese 6. Philosophy and History: Classical Chinese 7. Literature and Religion: Vernacular Writing 8. In Other Words: vocabulary change 9. One for all: Modern Standard Chinese 10. Celebration of Diversity: Modern Chinese Dialects 11. The Legend of Cangjie: Chinese characters References Appendices I-V Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415660402 20160616
A History of the Chinese Language provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of Chinese language development, covering crucial aspects such as phonology, syntax and semantics. Features include: * Coverage of the key historical stages in Chinese language development, such as Old Chinese, Middle Chinese, Early Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese and Modern Standard Chinese * Treatment of core linguistic aspects of the Chinese language including phonological changes, grammatical development, lexical evolution, vernacular writing, Chinese characters and Modern Chinese dialects * Inclusion of many authentic Chinese legends and texts throughout the book, presented through a rigorous framework of linguistic analysis to help students to build up strong critical and evaluative skills and acquire valuable cultural knowledge * Integration of materials from different disciplines, such as archaeology, anthropology, history and sociolinguistics, to highlight the cultural and social background of each period of the language * Helpful appendices to aid students with no prior knowledge of linguistics or the Chinese language * Companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/dong offering a wealth of supplementary resources such as additional exercises, answer keys and audio recordings of the sounds of Middle and Old Chinese. Written by a highly experienced instructor, A History of the Chinese Language will be an essential resource for beginning students of Chinese Language and Linguistics and for anyone interested in the history and culture of China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415660402 20160616
Green Library
CHINA-170-01
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xiv, 234 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. Historical background-- 2. Phonetics of standard Chinese-- 3. Morphology 1-- 4. Morphology 2-- 5. Chinese writing-- 6. Chinese language and culture-- 7. Chinese syntax 1-- 8. Chinese syntax 2.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521530828 20171127
Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, and has a rich social, cultural and historical background. This book is a comprehensive guide to the linguistic structure of Chinese, providing an accessible introduction to each of the key areas. It describes the fundamentals of its writing system, its pronunciation and tonal sound system, its morphology (how words are structured), and its syntax (how sentences are formed) - as well as its historical development, and the diverse ways in which it interacts with other languages. Setting the discussion of all aspects of Chinese firmly within the context of the language in use, Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction will be of great benefit to learners wishing to extend their knowledge and competence in the language, and their teachers. It will also be a useful starting point for students of linguistics beginning work on the structure of this major world language.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521530828 20171127
Green Library
CHINA-170-01
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xiv, 229 p. ; 23 cm.
  • List of tables-- Preface-- Acknowledgements-- List of abbreviations-- 1. Introduction-- Part I. Modern Spoken Chinese: 2. Establishment and promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese-- 3. Norms and variations of Modern Standard Chinese-- 4. The standard and dialects-- Part II. Modern Written Chinese: 5. Development and promotion of Modern Written Chinese-- 6. Norms and variations of Modern Written Chinese-- 7. Dialect writing-- Part III. The Modern Chinese Writing System: 8. Basic features of the Chinese writing system-- 9. Simplification of the traditional writing system-- 10. Phonetization of Chinese-- 11. Use and reform of the Chinese writing system: present and future-- 12. Conclusion-- Notes-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521645720 20160528
The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone drastic changes over the past century in a way unparalleled at any time previously. This book presents a comprehensive account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late nineteenth century up to the 1990s, concentrating on three major aspects: Modern Spoken Chinese, Modern Written Chinese, and the Modern Chinese writing system. It describes and analyses in detail, from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese and the reform of the Chinese script. Through an integrated discussion of these three areas of the language it highlights the close interrelationships between them and reveals the interaction of linguistic, historical and social factors in the development of Modern Chinese.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521645720 20160528
Green Library
CHINA-170-01
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p. cm.
  • Preface-- 1. Introduction: the p roblem of language in cross-cultural studies-- Part I. Between the Nation and the Individual: 2. Translating national character Lu Xun and Arthur Smith-- 3. The discourse of individualism-- Part II. Translingual modes of representation: 4. Homo Economicus and the question of novelistic realism-- 5. Narratives of desire: negotiating the real and the fantastic-- 6. The deixis of writing in the first person-- Part III. National Building and Culture Building: 7. Literary criticism as a discourse of legitimation-- 8. The making of the Compendium of Modern Chinese Literature-- 9. Rethinking culture and national essence-- Appendixes-- Notes-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804725347 20160528
This study combines contemporary literary theory, Chinese history, comparative literature, and cultural studies to analyse the historical interactions between China, Japan, and the West in terms of "translingual practice". By this term, the author refers to the process by which new words, meanings, discourses, and modes of representation arose, circulated, and acquired legitimacy in early modern China as it came into contact with European and Japanese languages and literatures. In reexamining the rise of modern Chinese literature in this context, the book asks three central questions: How did 'modernity' and 'the West' become legitimised in May Fourth literary discourse? What happened to native agency in this complex process of legitimation? How did the Chinese national culture imagine and interpret its own moment of unfolding?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804725347 20160528
Green Library
CHINA-170-01, CHINLIT-279-01, CHINLIT-379-01

5. Chinese [1988]

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xi, 292 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface-- Major chronological divisions of Chinese history-- 1. Introduction-- 2. The historical phonology of Chinese-- 3. The Chinese script-- 4. The classical and literary languages-- 5. The rise development of the written vernacular-- 6. The modern standard language I-- 7. The modern standard language II-- 8. Dialectal variation in North and Central China-- 9. The dialects of the Southeast-- 10. Language and society-- Notes-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521228091 20160528
This general introduction to the study of the Chinese language traces its history from its beginings in the second millennium BC to the present day and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese in its numerous dialect forms, has more speakers than any language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional complexity. Nevertheless, Professor Norman handles this extraordinary range of material with a deftness of organization and lucid elegance of style that make his book of real interest to any reader with only an elementary knowledge of linguistics. It includes information on the genetic and typological connections of Chinese, traditional Chinese phonology, the writing system, the classical and early vernacular languages, the modern language and the non-standard dialects, and the history of linguistic reform in China, concluding with a discussion of present and future prospects. This latest volume in the Cambridge Language Surveys will not only be welcomed by scholars and students of the Chinese language, but also by readers with a wider interest in Chinese studies and Asian language specialists in general. Like previous volumes in the series, it makes a significant contribution to general descriptive linguistics and language typology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521228091 20160528
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Green Library
CHINA-170-01
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xi, 340 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
CHINA-170-01