Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar by Charles N. Li (PDF)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2006
  • Number of pages: 720 pages
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: 15.93 MB
  • Authors: Charles N. Li

Description

This reference grammar provides, for the first time, a description of the grammar of Mandarin Chinese, the official spoken language of China and Taiwan, in functional terms, focusing on the role and meanings of word-level and sentence-level structures in actual conversations.

User’s Reviews

Editorial Reviews: Review “Li and Thompson’s book. . . is clearly ordered and convenient to consult.”–“Journal of the American Oriental Society About the Author Charles N. Li is Professor of Linguistics and Chairperson, Linguistics Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. Sandra A. Thompson is Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Reviews from Amazon users which were colected at the time this book was published on the website:

⭐I’m not a speaker or student of Chinese but instead got this book to understand Chinese from a broad-based grammatical, linguistic and typological perspective; understand the ways in which Chinese dramatically differs from the European languages I’m more intimately familiar. This is because every example is provided in Pinyin romanization rather than Chinese characters so it does not require understanding the Chinese written language, as well as being thoroughly glossed using standardized linguistic glossing techniques. Excellent survey of this fascinating language.

⭐Provides definitive analysis on how to use hundreds of grammar points and exceptions to the rules. A rare find. Essential for any linguists or high level students of Chinese.

⭐this is a standard grammar book. although many of the points made in the book have been challenged, the insights made by the authors are still quite enlightening. it would be nice to have a completely updated edition of it though.

⭐the book is actually brand new. But the problem with the very thin paper packaging caused the top corner of the book got squizzed and wavy. a bit disappointed. The other book that I ordered came in a good box, well-protected and not a bit scratch. The store should take care of the book packaging carefully.

⭐I bought this “Functional Reference Grammar” just because I wanted to own one concise grammar with plenty of examples and clear explanations of some complicated chinese grammar parts. It was a big surprised when I found out that in Chinese grammar book are no Chinese characters. It is quite obvious it makes the book nearly useless because Chinese language cannot exist without Chinese characters. I didn’t explore the book anymore and I do higly recommend “Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar” by Claudia Ross.

⭐Easy to use grammar guide for mandarin Chinese.

⭐Don’t know what to say, did not get the book…

⭐Almost new! We like it very much!

⭐As a serious linguist, who only reads pinyin (not characters), this book is an invaluable companion to an in-depth study of the Chinese language

⭐Este es un libro para quienes quieren saber el ‘por qué’ de las construcciones chinas, y, en ese sentido es más útil que otros que se limitan a enumerarlas. También son muy útiles las traducciones literales palabra-por-palabra que ofrece bajo los ejemplos chinos, sobre todo para acercarse un poco más a lo que realmente ‘se dice’ en mandarín (que tiene poco que ver con lo que resulte más o menos equivalente decir en inglés en una situación paralela). Sin embargo, la cobertura de fenómenos gramaticales abordados es limitada, las ‘explicaciones’ no siempre son tales, la terminología es un tanto sui generis, el marco teórico, lógicamente, ha envejecido desde 1981, y he podido comprobar que los hechos en los que descansa son a veces cuestionados por otros hablantes nativos de mandarín. En resumen, me parece un libro recomendable, pero siempre que se coteje lo que en él se afirma con lo que otras gramáticas dicen sobre el tema correspondiente. Como única gramática del chino, no es suficiente (cosa que, desde luego, también se aplica al resto de sus competidoras más recientes).

⭐The book is in good condition. A note to whose who wanna learn Chinese as a foreign language: this book is not introducing fundamental grammars for learners. It is a reference for linguists.

⭐この本は、中国語の文法現象をまとめた本である。基本的には言語学者向けに書かれており、中国語の現象を言語学の分析でどう扱えばよいかを考えるときに、良い参考書となる。かなり厚い本だが、それだけに、様々な現象が紹介されている。さらに良いことは、中国語の現象を英語で説明しているということである。中国語を中国語で説明するとよく分からなかった問題が、英語で説明することで分かりやすくなっている面もある。中国語を言語学的に研究しようという人にとっては、無くてはならない本である。また、日本語など他の言語を研究している言語学者にとっても、中国語の文法現象を知るための参考書として有用であろう。以上のように、研究者向けに書かれている書籍なので、中国語を学習している一般の人が、中国語の勉強のために使うのには全く向いていない。

⭐中国語の文法・語順には英語との共通点が多々あるので、洋書で中国語の参考書を探していました。ですが、この参考書は難しめの文法用語が多く使われていたので私には少し難しかったです。私は自分で問題を解いていかないと覚えないたちなので練習問題をほとんどのせていないこの参考書は少しつまらなかったです。

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