Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar
A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition
To Be Published November 15th 2013 by Routledge – 464 pages
Series: Modern Grammars
Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar
Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammaris an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.
Divided into two sections closely linked by extensive cross-references, it covers:
traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers
language functions and notions such as communication strategies, giving and seeking information, expressing apologies, regrets and sympathies.
With all grammar points and functions richly illustrated with examples, and a strong emphasis on contemporary usage, the main features of this Grammar include examples in simplified characters, traditional characters, and romanization (Pinyin) as well as an emphasis on areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese.
This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided. Featuring related exercises and activities, this Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook.
Part A Structures 1 Overview of Pronunciation and Pinyin Romanization 2 Syllable, Meaning, and Word 3 The Chinese Writing System: An Overview 4 Grammatical Categories, Grammatical Terms, and Basic Phrase Order 5 Nouns 6 Numbers 7 Specifiers and Demonstratives 8 Classifiers 9 Noun Phrases 10 Adjectival Verbs 11 Stative Verbs 12 Modal Verbs 13 Action Verbs 14 Verb Complements (new chapter, details to follow) 15 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases 16 Aspect (new chapter, details to follow) 17 Adverbs 18 Conjunctions 19 Passive 20 the 把 construction (new chapter, details to follow)
Part B Situations and Functions 21 Names, Kinship Terms, Titles, and Terms of Address 22 Introductions 23 Greetings and Goodbyes 24 Basic Strategies for Communication 25 Telecommunications and e-communications: Telephones, the internet, beepers, and faxes 26 Negating Information 27 Asking Questions and Replying to Questions 28 Expressing Identification, Possession, and Existence 29 Describing People, Places, and Things 30 Describing How Actions are Performed 31 Indicating Result, Conclusion, Potential, and Extent 32 Making Comparisons 33 Talking About the Present 34 Talking About Habitual Actions 35 Talking About the Future 36 Indicating Completion and Talking About the Past 37 Talking About Change, New Situations, and Changing Situations 38 Talking About Duration and Frequency 39 Expressing Additional Information 40 Expressing Contrast 41 Expressing Sequence 42 Expressing Simultaneous Situations 43 Expressing Cause and Effect or Reason and Result 44 Expressing Conditions 45. Expressing both, all, every, any, none, not any, and no matter how 46 Expressing Location and Distance 47 Talking about Movement, Directions, and Means of Transportation 48 Talking about Clock Time and Calendar Time 49 Expressing Obligation and Prohibitions 50 Expressing Commands and Permission 51 Expressing Ability and Possibility 52 Expressing Desires, Needs, Preferences, and Willingness 53 Expressing Knowledge, Advice, and Opinions 54 Expressing Fear or Worry 55 Expressing Speaker Attitudes and Perspectives 56 Topic, Focus, and Emphasis 57 Guest and Host 58 Giving and Responding to Compliments 59 Expressing Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction 60 Expressing Gratitude and Responding to Expressions of Gratitude 61 Invitations, Requests, and Refusals 62 Expressing Apologies, Regrets, and Sympathy 63 Expressing Congratulations and Good Wishes