A Grammar of Mandarin by Jeroen Wiedenhof

By Jeroen Wiedenhof

A desirable description of a world language, A Grammar of Mandarin combines large views with illuminating intensity. full of examples from daily conversations, it goals to enable the language converse for itself. The booklet opens with an summary of the language state of affairs 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 through 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 totally glossed, translated, and defined from diversified angles, with a willing eye for fresh linguistic switch. This grammar, briefly, finds a Mandarin language in complete swing.

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For pedagogical purposes this is awkward in view of the full integration of tones in the Mandarin sound system. ba, ba, bar, baa and bah. One drawback of this system is that the same tone may be represented in several diferent ways. The Pinyin transcription combines tone symbols with the vowels a, e, i, o, u and ü. A written syllable may contain more than one vowel, but only one tone symbol. g. g. mǎi ‘buy’, gōur ‘hook’, shéi ‘who’; in syllables with three written vowels, the tone symbol goes with the middle vowel, as in xiǎo ‘small’ and guài ‘blame’.

Tones may be pronounced diferently in context, as will be explained presently. 1 Mandarin 15 Chinese tones are usually described by means of a scale of fve PITCH LEVELS which divide the frequencies of a speaker’s voice in four equal intervals. 2 shows these pitch levels as units on the vertical axis: 1. low; 2. half-low; 3. middle; 4. half-high; 5. high. Pitch levels do not represent absolute values, but relative frequencies within the normal range of an individual speaker’s voice. g. coincide with a “low” pitch level in a female voice.

The written Chinese equivalent is 他是運動員。Tā shi yùndòngyuán. ’. The latter type of sentence is mentioned in every account of the language, and this use of an additional verb shi ‘be’ is perfectly acceptable in spoken Mandarin as well. Still, the pattern without shi is an integral part of Mandarin grammar. 2), a common spoken form which is avoided in written Chinese, and therefore tends to escape linguistic attention. For details about the collection and use of linguistic corpora of spontaneous speech, see Chafe, Du Bois & Thompson (1991), Sakel & Everett (2012) and Aikhenvald (2015: 20-29).

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