By Jeroen Wiedenhof
A desirable description of an international language, A Grammar of Mandarin combines extensive views with illuminating intensity. full of examples from daily conversations, it goals to allow the language converse for itself. The e-book opens with an summary of the language scenario and a radical account of Mandarin speech sounds. 9 center chapters discover syntactic, morphological and lexical dimensions. a last bankruptcy strains the chinese language personality script from oracle-bone inscriptions to today’s electronic pens.
This paintings will cater to language newbies and linguistic experts alike. effortless reference is equipped via greater than 80 tables, figures, appendices, and a word list. the most textual content is enriched through sections in finer print, supplying additional research and mirrored image. instance sentences are absolutely glossed, translated, and defined from varied angles, with a willing eye for contemporary linguistic switch. This grammar, in brief, finds a Mandarin language in complete swing.
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7. 3) may be distinguished. Many instances of tone sandhi with bù are scattered among the examples in this book. 4 Tone sandhi& and
When neutral tones occur between two third tones, the same pattern can still be applied in rapid speech: wǒmen ‘we’, zǒu ‘go away’ > wómen zǒu ‘we go away’; yǒu ‘be there’ yi ‘a’, ge ‘item’, hǎo de ‘good one’ > yóu yi ge hǎo de ‘there is a good one’. With intervening neutral tones, application of the pattern is optional: we fnd both wǒmen zǒu and wómen zǒu for ‘we go away’. g. wǒmen zǒu ~ wǒm zǒu ~ wómen zǒu ~ wóm zǒu ~ m zǒu ‘we go away’ (compare Chao 1968: 623-633); yǒu yi ge hǎo de ~ yóu yi ge hǎo de ~ yǒu ge hǎo de ~ yóu ge hǎo de ‘there is a good one’.
For the status of the neutral tone also compare Cheng (1973: 54-83). 3 The transcription of tone Beijing Mandarin tones are represented in the Pinyin transcription by means of TONE SYMBOLS added as a diacritical mark above vowels. Like tone letters, tone symbols are stylized renderings of the pitch level trajectory of each tone. g. in bā ‘rake’. The second tone is written as a diagonal line rising to the right, or acute accent ´, as in bá ‘pull up’. g. bǎ ‘hold’. The fourth tone is transcribed with a falling diagonal line, or grave accent `, as in bà ‘father’.
A Grammar of Mandarin by Jeroen Wiedenhof