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Elements of Chinese Grammar
With a Preliminary Dissertation on the Characters, and the Colloquial Medium of the Chinese, and an Appendix Containing the Tahyoh of Confucius with a Translation

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108055994

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  • Chinese, in its various forms, is spoken today by over a billion people, making it the most spoken language in the world. A member of the Sino-Tibetan family, it is a tone language with an analytic structure. First published in 1814, this grammar of colloquial Chinese was compiled by the Christian missionary Joshua Marshman (1768–1837), who was inspired to do so after preparing a Chinese translation of the Bible. It begins with a preliminary essay outlining the characters of Chinese, its tones, its system of monosyllables and its relationship to neighbouring languages. The grammar itself is extensive, covering all aspects of the language's structure, including case, agreement, pronouns, verbs, mood, tense, prosody, parts of speech and dialect variation. Illustrated with numerous examples and explaining each grammatical concept in detail, this work remains useful and relevant in historical linguistics.

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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108055994
    • length: 656 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Preliminary dissertation
    Part I. On the Characters
    Part II. On the Colloquial Medium
    Elements of Chinese grammar
    1. Of substantives
    2. Of pronouns
    3. Of verbs
    4. Of particles
    5. Of syntax
    6. Of dialect
    Appendix.

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    Joshua Marshman

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