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Classical Chinese, Simplified Characters

Classical Chinese, Simplified Characters

ISBN:
9780887276309
A Functional Approach
$39.99
Description

Learn classical Chinese the sensible way! This unique functional approach provides the perfect balance of linguistic detail and applied practice for students learning classical Chinese for literary study, historical research, or to improve their knowledge of modern Chinese.

Classical Chinese : A Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible one-year introduction to classical Chinese for students with advanced proficiency in modern Chinese. This innovative textbook focuses on key function words, with carefully selected brief excerpts from classical sources arranged to provide a structural approach to the language. Written by expert teachers based on decades of pedagogical experience, Classical Chinese is ideal for students who would like to extend their understanding of Chinese literature and culture and comprehend the roots of modern Chinese. This unique functional approach to classical Chinese supports practical knowledge from the start; students can apply their reading skills to concrete examples to delve into important sources from the very beginning, while gaining a detailed understanding of the nuances of classical vocabulary and syntax.

Each of the twenty-two lessons in the book focuses on a selection of related grammatical function words, such as 也, 乃, and 是, and the syntactic structures defined by these words. These terms are introduced with clear, jargon-free bilingual explanations of their meaning and functions, followed by twenty to thirty example sentences from classical sources. Each illustrative example sentence is accompanied by a modern Chinese translation and thorough glosses of key function words and new vocabulary, and each lesson also includes longer excerpts for additional reading practice. The nearly two thousand vocabulary items glossed in the text are listed in an index alphabetized by pinyin for easy reference and review.

While this book is ideal for classical Chinese courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, it is also suitable for independent study by advanced students with a strong background in modern Chinese. The strong focus on important function words and applied practice provides an efficient yet comprehensive introduction to classical Chinese, whether it is studied for its own sake or to master classical elements in contemporary prose.

In simplified characters with pinyin. Includes an appendix of traditional characters.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2008
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
300pp
Table of Contents

Classical Chinese (Simplified Character Version)

 

关于《文言章句》

 

 

v

Foreword

 

 

vii

Note on Structure and Conventions

 

 

xi

第一课

"之"的意义和用法

Meaning and Functions of 之

1

第二课

"其"的意义和用法

Meaning and Functions of 其

9

第三课

"者"的意义及用法

Meaning and Functions of 者

19

第四课

也、乃、是

也,乃 and 是

29

第五课

"以"的意义与用法

Meaning and Functions of 以

39

第六课

所、所以

所 and 所以

47

第七课

为、以...为...

为 and 以...为...

57

第八课

被动句

The Passive Voice

65

第九课

词序

Word Order

75

第十课

兼词

Dual Function Fused Terms

85

第十一课

省略句

Ellipsis

97

第十二课

使动式和意动式

Causative and Putative Constructions

107

第十三课

否定词和否定句

Negatives

119

第十四课

连词

Conjunctions

131

第十五课

代词

Pronouns

141

第十六课

疑问词

Interrogatives

151

第十七课

程度副词

Adverbs of Degree

161

第十八课

时间副词

Adverbs Indicating Time

175

第十九课

范围副词

Adverbs of Scope

189

第二十课

名词用如动词、副词

Nouns Used as Verbs or Adverbs

201

第二十一课

语气词

Modal Particles

211

第二十二课

复合虚词

Compound Function Words

221

章句引书目录

 

Sources

231

练习答案

 

Key to Exercises

233

词汇索引及总词汇表

 

Vocabulary Index and Glossary

257

词汇索引首字笔画检字表

 

First Characters

307

繁体字

 

Traditional Characters

311

Reviews

This textbook provides readers with a solid foundation for learning classical Chinese as well as a bridge between classical Chinese and modern Chinese…students will not only learn Classical Chinese words and grammar structures, but also get acquainted with the values and philosophies of Chinese tradition.

— Dr. Yu Feng, Director of the Chinese Language Program, Brandeis University
About the Series

Learn classical Chinese the sensible way! This unique functional approach provides the perfect balance of linguistic detail and applied practice for students learning classical Chinese for literary study, historical research, or to improve their knowledge of modern Chinese.

Classical Chinese : A Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible one-year introduction to classical Chinese for students with advanced proficiency in modern Chinese. This innovative textbook focuses on key function words, with carefully selected brief excerpts from classical sources arranged to provide a structural approach to the language. Written by expert teachers based on decades of pedagogical experience, Classical Chinese is ideal for students who would like to extend their understanding of Chinese literature and culture and comprehend the roots of modern Chinese. This unique functional approach to classical Chinese supports practical knowledge from the start; students can apply their reading skills to concrete examples to delve into important sources from the very beginning, while gaining a detailed understanding of the nuances of classical vocabulary and syntax.

Each of the twenty-two lessons in the book focuses on a selection of related grammatical function words, such as 也, 乃, and 是, and the syntactic structures defined by these words. These terms are introduced with clear, jargon-free bilingual explanations of their meaning and functions, followed by twenty to thirty example sentences from classical sources. Each illustrative example sentence is accompanied by a modern Chinese translation and thorough glosses of key function words and new vocabulary, and each lesson also includes longer excerpts for additional reading practice. The nearly two thousand vocabulary items glossed in the text are listed in an index alphabetized by pinyin for easy reference and review.

While this book is ideal for classical Chinese courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, it is also suitable for independent study by advanced students with a strong background in modern Chinese. The strong focus on important function words and applied practice provides an efficient yet comprehensive introduction to classical Chinese, whether it is studied for its own sake or to master classical elements in contemporary prose.

In simplified characters with pinyin. Includes an appendix of traditional characters.