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Chinese : Cambridge Language Surveys - Jerry Norman


Cambridge Language Surveys

Paperback Published: 21st March 1988
ISBN: 9780521296533
Number Of Pages: 306

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This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese, in its numerous dialects, has more speakers than any other language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional complexity. Nevertheless, Norman's crisp organization and lucid elegance make this extraordinary range of material easily accessible even to those with an elementary understanding of linguistics. Chinese includes information on the genetic and typological connections of the language, the writing system, the classical and early vernacular tongues, the modern language and non-standard dialects, and the history of linguistic reform in China.

"...Norman's Chinese fills a lacuna as a much-needed introduction to the Chinese language. It is useful for the scholar seeking some overall knowledge of the phonology, syntax, genetic relationship, writing system, and historical development of Chinese, as well as some understanding of China's language policies, past, present, and future." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association

Major chronological divisions of Chinese history
The historical phonology of Chinese
The Chinese script
The classical and literary languages
The rise development of the written vernacular
The modern standard language I
The modern standard language II
Dialectal variation in North and Central China
The dialects of the Southeast
Language and society
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ISBN: 9780521296533
ISBN-10: 0521296536
Series: Cambridge Language Surveys
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 21st March 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.19  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.43